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JOAN KATA KEENAN
1983 – 2020

It is with heavy hearts, the family of Joan Keenan announces her passing after a
courageous battle with cancer. Joan passed away with family and friends by her side at home.
Joan was deeply beloved by lots of family and friends from all over. Joan spent nearly two-thirds of her life living in Thunder Bay with her parents, Phil and Ljuba, and her brother Jack. It was also during these years that she would develop friendships that would last a lifetime. Joan adored her family and was fortunate enough to get to live with her Baka, uncles, aunt, cousins, and brother Jack all together for a few years. Joan idolized Baka.
Everyone loved Joan, her kindness and sense of humour were hard to not fall in love with.
Joan found friends everywhere. Being Joan's friend was an absolute gift. She'll
forever be remembered for her wise words in all life situations, her ability to make people laugh and feel loved beyond what would ever be expected.
Joan could always be found hanging out at coffee shops or local concert venues
supporting live music. She enjoyed her time on a roller derby team. Joan loved travelling around the world. Her favourite place to visit in the last few years had been California.
Joan's favourite place to be was at her
family's camp on Lake DeCourcey. She would spend hours swimming with her brother Jack, cousin Pete, and many more family and friends.
Joan graduated from Laurentian
University's Midwifery program. Her work as a midwife brought some of her greatest skills to the fore and made her excellent at her practice - her ability to listen, without judgement, and make you know you were safe with her.
While away at school, Joan met the love of her life; Matt. It was love at first sight and the two were inseparable. They eventually moved to Winnipeg to be closer to her parents where they bought a house together, started a cat family, turned the front yard into a
garden, and loved the life they built together.
Joan managed to somehow pack everything into the way she greeted you with a "hey,
buddy" - her warmth, welcome, invitation to conspire, and genuine happiness and love to see her friends and family. Her friends and family will carry that love always, and know the world was better for having someone as rad as Joan in it.
Joan is survived by her father Phil, mother Ljuba, brother Jack and partner Matt. Also survived by her Baka, Kata Butorac who
passed away also on October 6, 2020.
Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was predeceased by grandparents, Jack and Martha Keenan, Ivan Butorac, uncle Dennis Keenan and aunt Millie Butorac.
Joan's wishes were to have a Celebration of Life that will take place at a later date.
If so desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to Mount Carmel Clinic Foundation –
Midwifery Program would be greatly
appreciated.

Rest easy, Joanie.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I worked with Joan for many years at Mount Carmel Clinic through the Perinatal program. She was a caring, compassionate and extremely capable midwife who was a joy to work with. Always a smile and readiness to help our clients and a love of her work and life in general that was clearly evident. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to her family and close friends. - Posted by: Jan Sprange (Former colleague ) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • Dear Phil, Luba and Jack; There are no adequate words to express our deepest condolences to you all. We cannot imagine the grief you are experiencing with the loss of two people so precious to you. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Love Jen and Gene - Posted by: Jennifer Fulford and Gene Sacevich (Friend) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • Joan was my midwife for both my children and I felt so connected to her throughout my journey. I can't imagine what her family is going through, but know that she brought a smile to so many people every single day and made such a difficult time for so many women that much better. - Posted by: Melanie (Patient) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Joan was a wonderful woman. She had a special way of letting you know that you mattered, that the women she cared for mattered. She would demonstrate this with her huge intellect and crazy wit. She leaves behind a group of friends who will try to take her courage forward. My heart is with anyone who knew and will miss her. - Posted by: Kelly Klick (Friend and Coworker) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Joan was an amazing midwife. As an OBGYN I loved receiving phone calls from her and sharing care of patients with her. She had such a positive infectious happiness and you instantly felt at ease around her. Anyone cared for by her was lucky she was in their corner. I will miss her calm happy nature and send my condolences to her friends and family. - Posted by: Amanda Morris (Colleague ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Joan worked along with us at Teen Clinic MCC, providing youth with excellent care, extra TLC and was everyone’s Buddy. I will miss her voice, beautiful smile, jokes and words of wisdom. Our IUD Queen. We will always hear you “hey buddy” “dude” “well let me tell ya” Always so chill. You will be remembered and always loved, beautiful soul. - Posted by: Debra Austin (Co worker) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • I had the very great honour of being one of Joan’s Midwifery instructors. From the get-go, her potential and skill and affinity for this work was so clear to me. Midwifery school can be a hard grind, and Joan persevered like a true champ. My deepest condolences to her family and friends - Joan’s loss is one that will be felt deeply, by everyone who knew her. - Posted by: Aimée Carbonneau (Colleague ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Joan was a beautiful woman, inside and out! Her special presence at work was always appreciated. She had no problem expressing her ideas and opinions, a strong woman who stood by her convictions, She loved her clients and provided them with respectful midwifery care, honouring their choices throughout their journey. She will be missed by many. 💝💝💝 - Posted by: Gisèle Fontaine (Colleague) on: Oct 17, 2020

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