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JOAN ROSE (OPITZ, formerly WAKEFIELD)
Born: Oct 26, 1955
Date of Passing: Dec 06, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
(nee OPITZ, formerly WAKEFIELD)
October 26, 1955 - December 6, 2019
I got to be 64.
What made me so lucky my children, the two most inimitable beings in this world; their soulmates; my grandbabies - whom I fought so hard to live for; my husband Rob; my parents; and my entire family.
Thank you for the incredible memories and all the enjoyable times together.
I am especially thankful for:
Rob, my fun-loving husband, for 33 years of happiness and true love.
Michael (Wakefield), my remarkable son, his endearing wife and my daughter, Christa (Hosein), their sons/my astounding grandsons, Rocky, Layton and Tyson.
Monica (Gill, nee Wakefield), my extraordinary daughter; her phenomenal husband and my son, Dave (Gill); their children/my most adorable grandbabies, Grayson and Kenley.
Kailynne Taylor, my extremely sweet granddaughter.
Dorothy (Opitz), my mom, the heart and soul of our family.
Robert (Opitz), my dad, the strength and energy of our family, who we've missed since 2001.
Jacquelyn (Jackie) (Hutchinson, nee Opitz), my life's spirit, my sister, her noble husband Derrick, and charming children (my kids too), Hailey, Nick and Mckay.
Robert (Bob Jr., Opitz), the wit of our family, and his outstanding daughters, Kelly and Erin.
Judy (Silver, nee Opitz), my sister, the brilliance of our family, who we've missed since 2008; her daughters, Saundra (Lubkey), husband Murray, and beautiful children, Brody, Jordy and Rory. Roberta (Marsh), husband Ryan, and amazing children, Ryden, Reghan and Rhea. Adrienne Silver, husband Will, and delightful children, Tristan and Kody.
Fudge, my loyal and loving dog, who kept me going every day.
Bev, Shawne, my friends among many, relatives galore, my neighbours, I was thrilled we remained close.
Tuesday girls, my METS BC sisters, a mystery of miracles, my soul family, thank you to those angels and those living 'in spite of the disease.'
Dr. Jagmit Arneja, the doctor who saved my life, whose generous care went above and beyond, finding my disease that gave me time to live.
Dr. Eren Beshara, the doctor who gave me amazing medical care and encouragement throughout this journey, along with Taylor and Shelly.
The nurses, my angels, in the St. Boniface CancerCare treatment room, who take such gentle care.
It is by love that we accept the
unacceptable. Love is energy.
Though our body disappears, our
energy, our spirit, our love lives on.
I have chosen not to have a service so our grief can now heal.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, or donate blood to Canadian Blood Services. Make a donation to
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 14, 2019
Condolences & Memories (9 entries)
I will always remember Joan as a fierce and loving spirit. She fought for my mom when my mom was passing from the same disease. She happened to be there like an angel, a loving friend and advocate for people living with breast cancer. I'll never forget her kindness. Rest easy, Joan. Thank you. - Andrea - Posted by: Andrea Dziadek (Moms friend) on: Dec 27, 2019
Joan was a lively, active member of our TEAM for 2008,2009,2010. She always had a lovely smile, positive outlook and so kind, those are some of the words that members expressed. Our sincere sympathy in your loss. Paddles Up, Take it AWAY! Hugs from the “Chemo Savvy Dragon Boat Team” - Posted by: CHemo Savvy Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team (Friends ) on: Dec 19, 2019
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Joan. Our heart felt condolences to Rob and family. - Posted by: Jackie & Lorne Yurkiewich (Friends) on: Dec 17, 2019
I met Joan in the most difficult way. We were both members of a group we didn’t really want to be in. Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group. However it was a pleasure to get to know her even under the circumstances. I’m grateful she was able to find some sort of peace at the end. To Michael and Monica please accept my condolences. We will miss her very much in our group. - Posted by: Laura Burns (Support Group Friend) on: Dec 16, 2019
Rob, Joan, we were co-workers as court reporters for the Manitoba Government. Time went on and all our lives changed. - Posted by: Gerry & Doug McCulloch (Sister-in-law) on: Dec 16, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to Rob and your family. So sorry to hear about Joan. We didn’t know her well but I’ll sure being the great guy you were she was the same. The pain stops, but the memories live forever. Take comfort in the thought that we care and are thinking of you. Love Larry and Vera - Posted by: Larry and Vera cooley (Rob’s father was a step father to larry. ) on: Dec 15, 2019
From all the Raynbird families, you are often in our hearts & thoughts. Mar, Elaine & I will miss our little get-togethers at your Mom's suite. We will be sure to bring her flowers & tea in the new year. - Posted by: VALERIE Cortvriendt (Cousin) on: Dec 15, 2019
Our very deepest condolences to Joan’s family . We were childhood neighbours and will always remember the happy times . Rest In Peace beautiful girl. - Posted by: Gloria Shaman (Polson Avenue neighbours) on: Dec 14, 2019
Mike and family my heartfelt condolences on the recent passing of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Barbara Verschoore (Former coworker of Mike) on: Dec 14, 2019
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