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Date of Passing: Jan 10, 2021

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It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved mother and grandmother, Joan, on Sunday, January 10, 2021.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Owen Albrechtsen (2008), and her parents, Arthur and Melba Schelfaut.
Mom is survived by her daughter Lori Joyal (Noël), granddaughter Désirée Furletti-Joyal (Eric), her son Randy Plant (Ardith), and her three grandsons, Gordon (Brittany), Donald and Richard. She is also survived by her large Albrechtsen family, Mary Lou, John (Karen), Anny (Erling), Kirsten, and many nieces and nephews here and in Denmark.
Joan, Mom, Granny or Yellow Nanny as she was affectionately known by her three grandsons, grew up in Winnipeg's West End and attended Principal Sparling and Daniel McIntyre schools. Mom then went to Teachers College before going to work for Winnipeg Public Library for 27 years. Mom loved her job at WPL because she made friends with so many wonderful people.
Mom was an energetic, beautiful, loving wife, mom, grandmother and friend. She was very generous and thoughtful in all manners. Mom took great pleasure in acknowledging birthdays and special occasions for all of her family and friends, including her family in Denmark who meant so much to her. She loved doing things to make us all feel special and deeply loved. Mom had a knack for turning casual encounters into lifelong friendships. As a very social lady, Mom was always well dressed and groomed, but she really wanted to look her very best at the weddings of her granddaughter and oldest grandson. Mission accomplished, she glowed! Mom was always expressing how fortunate she felt for the wonderful life she built with Owen, and they had 37 years of adventure together. They enjoyed travelling, and spent as much time as possible at their Florida condo. Their trips to Denmark to see family were very special visits for them. Mom was very proud of her family, and enjoyed family get-togethers. She loved all different kinds of food, and was happy to say she had a very big appetite which didn't show!
A private family service has been held. A celebration of Mom's life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Joan's name to the Grace Hospital Foundation, or to a charity of one's choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Deepest condolences to Randy, Ardith, Gordon and Brittany, Donald and Richard in the loss of their mother and grandmother. Joan leaves a legacy of good humor, a love of music and a kind, generous heart. May she rest in peace in the realm of the Lord. - Posted by: Dr. Lillian Hrabchak (Friend ) on: Jan 31, 2021

  • Hi mom, it’s been 3 weeks now since we have spoken on the phone. We’ve been waiting for your call but it’s now become reality that you’re not down the road anymore. I’ve loved you since 1977 when we first met, you welcomed me into your heart and no matter what I know you loved me. There’s been a lot of water under the bridge but we found our way back to each other. Our respect for each other has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and it is why I will treasure our time together till my last breath. You have always been like my mom and you know there is nothing I wouldn’t have done for you just as you have done for Brigitte and I. We were truly blessed to be part of your life, we miss you💔 You were a gift to so many with your smile and welcoming hug, you made everyone feel so special. Your soft voice and your gift to chat is one of the ways you are remembered. You were a special, classy lady able to fit in anywhere and accept people regardless. Mom we’ll talk again soon, I love you, Brigitte and Joey ❤️ - Posted by: joe&brigitte missalino (Family ) on: Jan 24, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Randy and the rest of your family on the passing of your Mom. Mrs. Plant hired me to work at the Centennial Library when I was a teenager. She was a kind and generous person. She was a great supervisor who really cared about her staff. She will be missed. - Posted by: Roberta Di Canio (Mrs. Plant was my first boss!) on: Jan 21, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. I remember Joan very well. She was the one who hired me for a page position at the old Centennial Library. I remember she was a very kind person and very supportive boss. She made a great pistachio cake, too. I think I still have the recipe lying around. - Posted by: Amanda Clairmont (Work) on: Jan 21, 2021

  • I’m so sorry to hear that your family loss Joan. She was my first boss with libraries when I was just 17 for years and she shared the stories of how proud she was of her kids and Owen and her mom. Your mom had a high standard for work ethic that still stays with me. She was always perfectly dressed not a hair out of place even in the worst days at work. I hope that your memories and stories give you peace. Sandra Johnson Franz - Posted by: Sandra Johnson Franz (Your mom was my first boss) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • We had many memories with Joan & Owen in Florida, and camping with them along with their grandchildren. Joan had a great sense of humor. Her hair was always coiffed... She was beautiful woman both inside and out. Our sincere condolences to both Lori & family and Randy & family. - Posted by: Karen & John Albrechtsen (Brother & Sister in law) on: Jan 16, 2021

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