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Born: Mar 23, 1946

Date of Passing: Apr 05, 2017

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JOANNE ELIZABETH STIVER (SWITZER) Joanne was born on March 23, 1946, in Brandon to Fred and Millie Switzer of Carberry, Manitoba. She relished her time in Carberry as a child along with her brother John, surrounded by a host of family members. Grandmas and grandpas, uncles and aunts closely watched over a very adventurous child. At the age of 10 Joanne and her family moved to Winnipeg where she attended Nordale School, graduating from Nelson MacIntyre and then from the General Hospital School of Nursing in 1967. That same summer she headed to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her good friend Barbara to begin a long and fulfilling career as a registered nurse. In 1968, Joanne married John and together they moved to Bagotville, Quebec where John was a member of 425 AW Fighter Squadron. Joanne embraced the French culture, learning the language, continuing her nursing while becoming a mother to Dan in 1971. With John's career change to Air Canada, the family moved to St. Therese and then on to Tottenham, Ontario, where Lauren was born in 1978. On the move again, the family returned to Winnipeg in 1981. Joanne worked hard to re-establish her RN licence and never let devoted motherhood slow her down. Open-hearted and compassionate, Joanne was a wonderful friend, up for adventure in the good times and a caring companion in the hard times. She nurtured lifelong friendships drawn from her book club, investment group, ringette team, hockey moms, Windsor Park United Church and extended family relationships. Her greatest love was the family she shared with her husband John: her children and their partners, her two precious grandchildren, and a menagerie of dogs, cats and horses that were always a part of the throng. Family gatherings at home, at Moose Lake, and in Florida were a special joy to her. Joanne pursued all of her endeavours with determination, curiosity, and enthusiasm. She was a marvellous woodworker and an avid tackler of many building projects, including Habitat for Humanity on two separate occasions in Hungary, and here in Winnipeg. Joanne contracted pancreatic cancer in late 2015 and even though the prognosis was dire she never wavered in her courage and selfless approach to life. She loved God and her fellow man. Joanne passed away on April 5, 2017 at St. Boniface Hospital. Our family is grateful to the staff and doctors on 5E for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joanne's name to CancerCare Manitoba. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m., Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive, Winnipeg.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 08, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • John please accept our sincere condolences to you and your family. Jim and Maureen Gregory - Posted by: Jim Gregory (Friend) on: Apr 30, 2017

  • To John and his family, We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. We are thinking of you in this very hard time. My most sincere condolences. Tiffany and Trevor Kidd - Posted by: Tiffany Kidd (Friend) on: Apr 12, 2017

  • John, On behalf of all the Winnipeg Retired Pilots we wish to extend our condolences to you and your family during this time of mourning. May memories of Joanne bring peace to your hearts and comfort you at this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Winnipeg Retired Pilots (friend) on: Apr 10, 2017

  • To all of Joanne's family. The May family is deeply saddened by your loss. Joanne was a wonderful and dear friend and we will cherish that friendship always. "Moose " just won't be the same nor will the berry patch. John, Lauren and Dan we think especially of you at this time. As the deep sorrow is slowly accepted, the warm and meaningful memories remain. - Posted by: Pat and Tony May (friend) on: Apr 09, 2017

  • My condolences to Joanne's family including my sister Joan. I have fond memories when Joanne, her brother Jonnie and I played together at her parents and my grandparents places at Carberry when we were kids. We were having so much fun one weekend that on one Sunday afternoon my mom and dad said it was time to pack up and go back to Winnipeg. We would have been about 11-12 years old then. I didn't want to go so Aunt Millie said she and Fred would look after me for the week. We had a great week playing in her dads family food store, climbing trees and all the things kids love to do. Joanne was a beautiful, caring person and I know she was a dear friend of my sister Joan. Joanne will be sadly missed but memories of her will not. Terry and Debra Dempsey - Posted by: Terry Dempsey (Cousin) on: Apr 08, 2017

  • Joanne and I met and became friends as student nurses at the Winnipeg General Hospital class of 1967. We reconnected again in the past few years in the context of nursing reunion. It is very special to read about all the richness of love and creative activity Joanne engaged in her life. I think there is something important to learn about the meaning in life from how Joanne lived hers. I experienced her caring nature and easy smile. I knew, respected, and am inspired by Joanne as a person of goodness. I would like to express my sympathy to her family, friends, and loved ones. - Posted by: Daphne Hart (friend) on: Apr 08, 2017

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