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Born: Mar 24, 1955
Date of Passing: Oct 29, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
March 24, 1955 - October 29, 2019
Marilyn Onisko, Laurie and Kevin Smart are left with such extreme sorrow. Also left to mourn are two aunts, Tina Guspie and Mary Hanney, both of Toronto; and numerous cousins in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.
Joann was a generous, caring and creative soul who was over prepared for every event and who thought of family first, always.
Joann loved her retirement from Revenue Canada. Summers were spent at the Lester Beach cottage and in her garden. She could work there from dusk to dawn. Flowers were everywhere and her roses flourished into the first snow. In the winter, Joann worked on her craft - a past time she enjoyed with her friend Judy and many others. She even worked patiently to help Marilyn with card making. Throughout the year, Joann was a member of the Wellness Centre and worked out four to five times a week. She truly valued the friendships she had there. The Yoga Centre was another regular spot. And there was always an adventure away - Europe, Asia, Central America, Hawaii. She never said no to a late winter trip or to the happy hours that went with the trip. But perhaps her favourite spot was Laurie and Kevin's cottage at Ingolf - for a lazy summer visit but mostly for the family Christmas time. Beer-tasting, skirmishes with wildlife, kayaking, winter hikes, a crazy gift exchange that always brought laughter and will be "twisted" into our forever memories.
Joann's final act of generosity was the Gift of Life. Thank you to the ICU staff at Health Sciences Centre for their respectful and compassionate care.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. A private interment will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made in Joann's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2T5.
"The greatest gift our parents gave us
was each other."
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 09, 2019
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Condolences to the family on the passing of Joanne. It is such a wonderful tribute that she donated to the Gift of Life. I personally know the benefit of Gift of Life organ donation. Once again my prayers and thoughts go to the family - Posted by: Joe Tino (Friend) on: Nov 17, 2019
Our condolences. Joann and I walked to school together when I lived on Matheson Ave . , then later we were neighbors on McAdam Ave when Bob and I bought our first house . Talk about coming full circle. We would occasionally see her at Wellness and catch up on each each other’s families. A truly lovely person🌹 - Posted by: Bob and Terry Ralke (Friends ) on: Nov 11, 2019
So sorry to hear of Joann’s passing. I have known Joann for many, many years and have had many wonderful conversations with her throughout our careers at CRA. She was a great lady. Sending thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. - Posted by: Tammy Bertrand Charles (Colleague ) on: Nov 11, 2019
Marilyn, Laurie, Kevin - we are so sorry to read about Joann passing, we haven't seen her and yourselves in many years but have good memories when we all lived on McAdam. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Take care and hold on to the memories... Carol and Marlene - Posted by: Carol & Marlene Agland (old neighbors) on: Nov 10, 2019
I worked with Joann at CRA for more years than I care to remember. Joann was knowledgeable and loved sharing that with others, whether it was work, flowers or crafting. Many great conversations happened on breaks and at our desks. Her quick smile and the mischievous glint in her eye were a sure bet she was up to something. She will be missed - Posted by: Gwen Schentag (Friend) on: Nov 10, 2019
Marilyn, Laurie and Kevin, So sorry to hear of your sister Joann's passing. Sincere sympathy. Joann was a very kind, genuine and good natured person. She will always be missed and loved. Lorraine and Walter Kapko, Sherwood Park, Alberta - Posted by: Lorraine and Walter Kapko, Sherwood Park Alberta (Friend ) on: Nov 10, 2019
Laurie and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Sam Schaefer (Friend ) on: Nov 09, 2019
Condolences to all the family. I worked with Joann. There were a few of us would go on breaks together and at lunch time we would always walk across to Sears and have our lunch. When we Retired all 7 of us would make a date twice a year to meet for lunch, Spring and Fall. Always a nice warm get together. We all just had our lunch date Oct 22. I'm so sorry to hear about Joann - Posted by: Deanna Pippus (Worked with Joann) on: Nov 09, 2019
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