Janelle Holly FINNIGAN

Passed away in Perth WA on November 21, 2023

Aged 38 years

Dearly loved and cherished mum of Polly
and adored daughter of Katrina

Loved daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin
and friend to so many.

Dearly loved by the Bushell, Twaddle, Edwards and Ryan families

Family and friends of Janelle are invited to attend her Funeral Service at the Eastern Park Chapel, 271 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool on FRIDAY (December 15) commencing at 2.00p.m.

Please wear a splash of red – it was Janelle’s favorite colour

Private Cremation

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Funeral Notice

ServiceDecember 15, 2023 - 2:00 pm271 Raglan Parade Warrnambool, VIC View MapVenue: Eastern Park Chapel

Family and friends of Janelle are invited to attend her Funeral Service at the Eastern Park Chapel, 271 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool on FRIDAY (December 15) commencing at 2.00p.m. Please wear a splash of red - it was Janelle’s favorite colour


  1. my dear friend, Janelle. You started out as my therapist but very quickly became a confidant, someone I could talk to anything about without fear of anything. You gave me a safe space that I looked forward to coming to. I promised I would stay in touch after you closed your practice and as I heard that you had passed, I couldn’t help but feel it was another life lost to soon to the world.
    Polly, your mum was so very proud of you. We met once in one of my last sessions with your mum. I always asked how you were doing, and your mum loved to tell me how things were going for you, even though it was a therapy session. You were your mum’s sparkle, and your individuality was something she was so proud of.
    Janelle’s Family, I’m so sorry for the loss you are feeling. If there is anything occurring for Polly, such as donations or anything, I would like to be involved. Janelle encouraged me to follow my artistic side and I am now a glitter technician speacialising in glitter tattoos, with a friend who is a face painter. I would love to give Polly the feeling of excitement again when she is up to it. Janelle meant a lot to me and I want to give back in honour of her and help Polly.

    Heather Jennings April 15, 2024
  2. Such shock & sadness to hear of the passing of Janelle.
    Sweet soul gone to soon.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Rest in peace.
    From Jo,Scott,Paddy&Stella McKenzie.

    Jo McKenzie (Moloney). January 12, 2024
  3. We will remember beautiful Janelle always. Her gorgeous smile and infectious laugh. Tragically the fine silk line has separated.
    Rest In Eternal Peace Janelle. Our love always. Nese, Soph, Troy & families

    Denise Borton December 15, 2023
  4. Janelles family, so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Janelle at Sussan many years ago, we had lots of fun. Gone too soon

    Caroline mckew December 15, 2023
  5. Janelle, it doesn’t seem real that we are no longer writing long messages or sending voice notes as we support each other through the ups and downs of motherhood and life.

    I have treasured memories of our time growing up together surrounded by our extended family – sticking together always,playing the Atari,doing talent shows and teasing Uncle Matt relentlessly.

    You were so insightful; so incredibly smart. I would feel like I was mincing my words in reply to your incredibly eloquent insights into life, motherhood, relationships and family.

    You made me laugh,you were a massive dag in the best way, you were always, always thinking of others and you didn’t hesitate to tell me that you loved me and appreciated our chats. Thank you for your candour and humour.

    Sending all of my love to Katrina,Ben,Olivia,Tori, Elise, Eli and Alex.

    To Polly. You were the light of Janelle’s life and she worked so hard to be the best Mum she could for you.

    Reunited with Uncle Justin and causing absolute havoc I’m sure.
    Beware the curtains.

    Janelle, I love you. I will always miss you. I will never understand how the brightest stars don’t burn long enough.

    Rest peacefully Nelly.

    Hayley Bushell December 13, 2023
  6. Dear Nellie,
    I will miss our late night chats talking 🐯 and shit. U were so clever and funny.A beautiful lady.
    RIP with bubble in the big sky.
    Uncle Pat and family

    Pat Bushell December 12, 2023
  7. I will never forget the kindness and concern you showed for Anne in her final days, even though she couldn’t talk at the time, she appreciated that call and so did I in the moment. It was a small thing but it summed up your character to me of always caring for others and always interested first in other people. You will be missed by everyone. Rest in peace.

    Joel Kleber December 10, 2023
  8. Dearest Janelle. Im so sorry i didnt hear you. Fly free beautiful one, and rest in peace xxx

    Dear Polly. Your mum loved and adored you more than life itself. You meant everything to her. I have not met a mum with more love, devotion and dedication. Your mum was a beautiful and special soul and she will continue to shine her light for you always.

    Dear Katrina, Olivia and family. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter and sister. I pray you will find comfort and peace, and sending my heartfelt wishes to you at this devastating time.


    Danja locke December 10, 2023
  9. Deepest sympathy to all Janelle’s Family. Sending all our love. Jenny Goodman and families. 🌹❤️🙏

    Jenny Goodman December 10, 2023
  10. Dear Janelle,

    So devastating to not be able to see you, message you, get a beautiful voice messages from you as usual 🥲
    You were an early bird, always up so early and was lovely to woke up to your voice message 😞

    I will treasure all of your memories and voice messages, will always live in my heart and memories.

    Being neighbours for four years, even when we moved to the other side of Perth; it never stopped us to talk, call, message and stay in touch.

    Who am I going to whinge about the single parent responsibilities with😭

    Love you

    Keziah Emmanuel December 8, 2023
  11. It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Janelle.

    It was a pleasure to have worked alongside Janelle for 4 years at Perth City Psychology. She was such a conscientious, caring and considerate person.

    We are truly saddened by the loss and extend our deepest condolences to all of Janelle’s family at this difficult and sad time. From Perth City Psychology, Staff.

    Lucy Lamb December 4, 2023
  12. Dear Janelle,

    We met at the pinnacle of our lives, both new mums and living away from home. Our mums group had such an incredible bond and you were the centre of that. I will forever remember your kindness, strength and love for others. You sent the most hilarious messages to our group and always found humour in the hardest of times.

    Dear Polly, I send you all the strength and love in the world. Your mum loved you more than you could ever imagine.

    To Janelle’s family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

    Love you Nelly,
    Karen xxxxxxxx

    Karen Carroll December 1, 2023
  13. You are going to be so incredibly missed Janelle. I was so lucky to get to know you and start our uni and adult adventures together. You made everything so much more enjoyable. I will remember you sassy dance moves, hilarious stories and overwhelming kindness and love for others.
    Sending love and condolences to Polly, your family and all who loved you.

    Lizzie November 30, 2023
  14. A terrible loss to the families. Sincere condoleances from Yolanda and Robert Bennoun

    Yolanda Bennoun November 30, 2023
  15. Janelle, you will be missed so much by so many. I especially will miss our chats over the fence – so many laughs and fun moments together. Be at peace now.

    Sheila Triggs November 29, 2023
  16. Janelle my wonderful friend and neighbour. I will deeply miss the many laughs,chats, texts and photos we shared and I will sadly miss seeing you with Polly and diva cat Millie in the courtyard.
    You will always be remembered for your kindness and thoughtfulness and for being a loving, caring mother.
    Such a sad loss of a beautiful person. My sympathy to Katrina, Olivia, Polly and families.

    Leanne Chapple November 29, 2023
  17. Dearest Janelle,where are you buddy our special friend and helper at our Breakfast Club! We loved you and adored your wonderful sense of humour and will miss you terribly! It was a joy knowing you and dear Polly ! Rest in peace beautiful lady, much love Pam ,Margaret and Babs 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

    Pamela Van der Meulen November 29, 2023
  18. We met as neighbours but quickly became good friends. We can’t put in to words how much we miss you.

    We have many happy memories of fun times that we will cherish.

    Love Jane & Sue

    Jane & Sue November 28, 2023
  19. Janelle, you will always have a special place in my heart,my beautiful friend. I will miss your friendly smile and chats. You always brightened up The Breakfast Club and Uniform Shop.
    Polly,your Mum will always be with you loving you and caring for you. Janelle, thank you for walking my journey with me when I wasn’t well. It was lovely to meet your Mum. Heartfelt Sympathy to your lovely family. Will meet again. Lots of love and prayers.💙🌻🙏

    Pamela Van der Meulen November 28, 2023
  20. We will miss our get-togethers at the “Tempy” but most of all we will sorely miss our delightful and much-loved cousin and niece, Janelle.

    The Hogarth Family November 27, 2023
  21. Missing you so much Janelle, your humour, kindness and beautiful heart! I’ll miss our chats but always remember the memories we shared, especially your enthusiasm this year with the Matilda’s xo

    Tara Russell November 27, 2023
  22. I cannot comprehend that there will be no more dinners, no more voice messages, no more laughs… you will be so very sorely missed for the rest of our days. Sending love to your family in this terrible time and holding Polly in my thoughts always xoxo

    Sharon Ridley November 27, 2023
  23. Dear Janelle,
    We miss you so much already, your smiling face, your kindness and sincerity. Our hearts are broken forever.
    I’m sorry I wasn’t a better friend, I’m sorry I wasn’t there, I’m sorry I didn’t know.
    Rest in peace now my friend, until we meet again xxx

    Claire Stevens November 27, 2023
  24. The Finnigan family have fond memories of happy times spent with Janelle, a beautiful friend and devoted mum to Polly. Our prayers and thoughts are with Polly and all of Janelle’s family. Love Tom & Mavis (dec), Marlene, Carmel (dec), Gerard (dec), Shane, Michael, John (dec), Peter, Maryanne, Tommy(dec), Fionna and their families.

    Maryanne Evans November 27, 2023
  25. Beautiful Janelle, my heart broke when I heard you had passed away. You were a ray of Sunshine to us all. I missed our Tuesday on the Uniform Shop once I had to stop doing it. Thank you for being there for me when I needed you. I just wish I had have been there for you.
    I miss you Beautiful. May you finally find peace.

    Janelles Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Janelle was one beautiful and special lady. She helped so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know she loved all so much and loved the reunions.

    Sweet Polly. Your Mum loved you so so much. Don’t ever forget that. She will be watching over you, walking beside you and she will be in your heart forever.

    Kate November 27, 2023
  26. My dear Janelle, thinking of you from Mexico, thank you for your lovely heart, the long talks when you needed distraction from your writing, thanks for keeping in touch after 15 years. thank you for just 2 months ago sent me a voice message so I could remember your Aussie accent 😂
    Te quiero mucho chica xo 🤍

    Mariana the Mex November 27, 2023
  27. Such a beautiful young lady gone to soon thinking of you all at this very sad time. From Christine and kevin leonard ( Jason Devereux’s mum )

    Cheistine leonard November 25, 2023