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Born: Dec 21, 1921

Date of Passing: May 26, 2016

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JOHAN WILSON DICK (nee MARSHALL) December 21, 1921 May 26, 2016 Peacefully, in the loving company of her family, Johan (Scottish spelling, pronounced Jo-Anne) passed away the afternoon of May 26 at Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home. She was ready, willing, and unafraid. Left to cherish her memory are son Bob; daughter Jane (Adriano Valentin); daughter-in-law Lynda Dick; grandchildren, Michal-Joan (Mark) Jenkinson, Kathryn Dick, and Pamela (Brian) Rempel; great-granddaughter Audrey Jenkinson; Lynda's mother Hilda Wood; many nieces, nephews and cousins to whom she was always Aunt Jo, family by choice Judi (Rob) Bastedo and "niece" Flora Alexis, and a multitude of friends of all ages. Johan was predeceased by her parents, siblings Winnifred, Robertson, Alfred, and Mary, son Allan (1971), and her beloved husband Rev. John W. Dick (2004). Johan lived her life with courage, grace, optimism and profound faith. She accepted both trials and triumphs with serenity, never complaining. Gentle, patient and calm, she had impressive inner strength and resolve. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she came to Canada at the age of three with her family. They settled in Stratford, Ontario where she grew up. She met her husband John at Toronto Bible College. They married August 16, 1941, and raised three children in Hamilton, Edmonton, Regina and Winnipeg. An exemplary pastor's wife, she was a partner and helpmate to her husband's ministry. She was active in her church community, and a faithful and compassionate visitor. She was a steadfast supporter of the women's work of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. When her youngest was five, she became a working mother, in the jewellery department of Woodward's department store in Edmonton, then as a medical secretary (including during the tumultuous time of the introduction of Medicare in Saskatchewan), and finally as the secretary to the English and Theatre departments at the University of Winnipeg, the happiest years of her career. She was an astonishingly fast and accurate typist some say steam would rise from the keys as she worked quick to spot and fix spelling or grammatical errors, seemingly tireless no matter the task. Mom was remarkably healthy for most of her life she never experienced so much as a headache or common cold. She attributed her strong constitution to her daily dose of "good Scottish oatmeal", a habit she maintained almost her entire life. Johan grew up in a loving home where an extra place was always set at the table, just in case. She was a warm, generous hostess, welcoming family, friends and strangers to her home, never turning away anyone who needed a meal, a bed or a shoulder. She was kindness personified. She fostered and maintained close relationships with friends and family around the world. Known for her frequent and eloquent letters, which flowed as easily as conversation, family joked that she kept the post office in business. She was an avid stamp collector. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother wise and attentive, full of fun and laughter. Her love was true agapé love unconditional, unselfish, big as the sky, freely given, never seeking reward or recognition. A celebration of Johan's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Broadway First Baptist Church, Winnipeg where she was a member for decades -- at the corner of Walnut Street and Honeyman Avenue. (Elevator access is available to the left of the front entrance staircase.) Reception to follow. Interment will take place at a private family service. The family wishes to thank the nurses, aides and staff at Tuxedo Villa who created a safe and caring home for Mom in her last 16 months. Mom appreciated the care provided to her and was grateful for every kindness. We especially thank those on Station One who accompanied Mom and family with great tenderness and compassion during her final days and hours. Thank you also to Dr. Tamara Buchel for her loving care over many years. In lieu of flowers, donations in Johan's memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, or a charity of your choice. A mother holds her children's hands for a while, their hearts forever. Thomson Funeral Home in care of arrangements. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 04, 2016

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I met Johan about 10 years ago when I was an international student at the University of Winnipeg. She was a very kind, lovable and funny woman. She welcomed me into her home several times. She always cooked fantastic meals and had great stories to tell. She was an interesting woman! Even after I left Winnipeg, we kept corresponding. I enjoyed receiving her long letters that I kept carefully. My sincere sympathy to Johan's family. - Posted by: Laura (Friend) on: Jun 08, 2016

  • Johan typed my Master's Thesis - not once but many times; while providing humour and support during the arduous years of my graduate program. She always took an interest in my well being, and was unfailingly gracious and helpful. She is a treasure. Peace be with her and her family. - Posted by: Karen Zoppa (Student, friend) on: Jun 07, 2016

  • Johan was the English Department Secretary as I arrived at the University of Winnipeg for my interview in March 1987 for a position in the English Department. I can attest to her peerless typing skills and her warm friendliness, and to the high esteem in which she was held by members of both Departments she served. She was a lovely person. My sympathies to her family. - Posted by: Neil Besner (Colleague for a very brief period) on: Jun 07, 2016

  • I worked at the University of Winnipeg for many years with Johan. She was a great colleague who was dedicated, hard-working and always helpful. Johan spoke highly of her family and would share stories of happy times with her grandchildren. I also worked with Bob during the time he worked at the University. I send my sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. Unfortunately I am unable to attend the celebration of Johan's life but my thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Bonnie Archibald - Posted by: Bonnie Archibald (Former work colleague/friend) on: Jun 07, 2016

  • My sister Margaret always passed on emails and messages about Johan whenever she received them, and it painted a picture for me of a loving, caring and compassionate human being. You must have some wonderful memories and stories to cherish and pass along. God Bless. - Posted by: Rosemary Murray (nee Dick) (Distant cousin via Grandpa James M. R. Dick, Margaret Anthony's sister, Tom & Evelyn's daughter) on: Jun 05, 2016

  • Jane & family, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. What a full and glorious life she lived! - Posted by: Audry & Hugh Letain (Sister of Dennis Persowich) on: Jun 04, 2016

  • Your mom has shown what true love, compassion, humour and integrity look like. She has been such a big part of your life - an important part of your life - that she will be missed every day. My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this very sad time of loss but your eulogy details what a profound influence she had on this world - so her life will be celebrated, not just in Winnipeg but around the world. Condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Nancy Batenburg (Friend of Jane and Adriano) on: Jun 04, 2016

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