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KIKUCHI, June Fumiko

Dr. June Fumiko Kikuchi RN (Ret), PhD Professor Emerita passed away peacefully on Saturday September 6, 2014 at the age of 75 after a short battle with acute myeloid leukemia.  Survived by her loving family: sister Linda Bishop (Bob); brothers Tom Kikuchi and Fred Kikuchi (Kazuko); nieces Elizabeth Kikuchi (John Paul), Allison Finlay (Tom) and Joanna Bishop; nephews Craig Kikuchi (Juliana) and Matthew Bishop (Alexandra); grandnieces Ella Zubec and Audrey Kikuchi; and grandnephew Lukas Zubec.  Predeceased by her parents Fujiko and Sadanori and her sister Mary.

Before residing in Lake Country in 2011 to enjoy the mountain views and the Okanagan fruit, June lived most of her life in Edmonton, Alberta where she was a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.  June co-founded (with Dr. Helen Simmons) the Institute for Philosophical Nursing Research at the University of Alberta and served as its first Director. In 2004, she was awarded an honorary nursing degree by Laval University for her contributions to nursing philosophy and in 2012 she received the Distinguished Nursing Alumnus award from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.  This award recognizes a graduate with outstanding achievements whose noteworthy activity has been recognized in their field and has contributed to the health system through patient care, basic and clinical research, or healthcare oriented services. Recipients have demonstrated the highest princi­ples of the health care professions and served as a role model for current and future health care professionals.

Despite all of her professional success, June’s family most remembers her as “Aunt June”.  Aunt June was loving, kind, caring, generous and could always be counted on to support her family.  We will miss her.

The family would like to give special thanks to the doctors, medical students and nurses on unit 6 West at Kelowna General Hospital for all the care and attention given to June during her time at the unit.    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.” – See more at: http://www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituary/

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