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Joanne passed away on June 6, 2019 at the age of 72. She is survived by her sons Jason (Chelsey) and Christopher (Candace); grandchildren Jordan, Brianna, and Jared; sisters Loverna and Lorna (Ted), and brother Marvin (Adele). She was predeceased by her husband, Gerry; her brother Dennis; and parents Abe & Katherine.

Joanne had a long career working for School District 23 for 27 years and she volunteered in the community at various events. Her main focus was her family – she spent a lot of time either in the stands, on the sidelines or in theatre seats supporting her children and grandchildren’s various activities. A private service will be held for the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanne’s name to Starbright, www.starbrightokanagan.ca or a charity of your choice. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences.”

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanne’s name to Starbright or a charity of your choice. Link: www.starbrightokanagan.ca




  • Tobi Byrne says:

    Jason and Chris:
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful woman. I have so many fond memories of her.

  • Jeri-Lynne (Hickling) Jones says:

    Jason & Chris, I am so very sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I too have many fond memories of both your parents growing up. Your mom was an amazing woman & had such a beautiful and warm smile. She was an amazing friend to my mom. Please know that you and your families are in my heart & prayers & on my mind during this time. Love Jeri-Lynne

  • Mohini Singh/Tara O'Sullivan says:

    Jason and Chris,
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Joanne. she will be remembered fondly by many for her warmth and her smile. Our hearts go out to you all.

  • Tracy Gray says:

    Jason, I am very sorry for the loss to you and your entire family. I wish you strength.

  • SCOTT SIEBEN says:

    Jason, Chris, and families – my condolences on the passing of your Mom. I had the privilege of working with your Mom at Rutland Senior and, of course, being a neighbour on Dell Road. Your Mom was one of those people who was always there for any who needed her, She was a very special person, and I have fond memories of her. great sense of humour.

  • Jill Voros says:

    I had the absolute privilege of working with “Picks” for almost a decade. She ran the show in Rutland for all of us! I still have the lovely handmade baskets that she crafted for my twins 16 years ago:) She was a dedicated professional; a loving mother and grandmother, and a wonderful friend. I’ll remember her fondly for the patience she showed all of us, and in particular the quick wit and humour that was uniquely Joanne. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy,
    Jill Voros

  • Patricia Wright says:

    Candace, Chris, and family, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your Mother-in-law, Mother, and Grandmother. I often remember you speaking of Joanne while at A. S. Matheson. We miss you at A.S.M. Candace. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Dannielle Dunn says:

    Jason and family,
    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing.
    Dannielle Dunn

  • Eileen Sadlowski says:

    I worked with your Mom when she was Head Secretary at Rutland Middle and I was in the Board Office. She was always one of the “star” head secretaries and whenever I needed someone to tell me if something would work she was who I would go to. She was a warm wonderful person and I was always grateful for having worked with her. My sincere condolences.

  • Mike Roberts says:

    I was saddened to hear of Joanne’s passing. We have all lost someone who made a difference in our lives. I had the pleasure to work with Joanne in two Rutland schools and remember those years fondly. My condolences to her family as well as my thoughts to prayers to her.

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