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Born: Nov 17, 1952

Date of Passing: Jul 12, 2021

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November 17, 1952 - July 12, 2021

With heavy hearts, we announce that our beloved Joanne passed away peacefully on July 12, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.
Joanne is survived by her husband of 48 years, Murray; children, Michael (Reena) and Amelie (Jason); grandchildren, Ayva, Rohan, Aidan, Coltan and Emmett; siblings, Jim (Kathy), Jeannie, John (Elaine), Jan (Bernie), Larry (Dee), Jerry, Lori (Rob) and Geri (Rick); as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Rhea Collin.
Born in Indian Head, SK, Joanne spent her formative and teenage years in Thompson, MB where she excelled in athletics, earning a prized collection of ribbons and medals in various sports and on the track. It was there that she met her future husband, Murray. They married and settled in Winnipeg in 1972, raising their beloved children, Michael and Amelie, as well as their dearly loved dogs, Stealer, Cooper and Daisy.
In her working life, Joanne was a proficient stenographer and administrative clerk who worked for various banks and for the government of Canada. Working to her own high standards brought her great satisfaction, but nothing compared in Joanne's life to quality time with her family. She celebrated the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren with pride. Gathering for family brunches and dinners was a favourite pastime of Joanne's as were the numerous family trips that she was so instrumental in planning. Joanne had many wonderful adventures from coast to coast, through Western Europe, the U.K., Mexico, the Caribbean, Arizona, Hawaii, Alaska and even Egypt, to name a few. Above all, her favourite trips were cruises, where unforgettable memories were made with her family.
Joanne was a gentle and doting Nana to her grandchildren. It was a mission of hers to help recreate her own children's summer bliss at a cottage retreat. Many summers were spent looking for the perfect family cottage and she and Murray found just what she wanted four years ago at Victoria Beach, where the Conklin family has a long history. The memories made there with Joanne will never be forgotten.
She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Joanne's family kindly requests that her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by visiting her tribute page at Memories and stories published by those who knew her are available there.
In accordance with Joanne's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. A private celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Regrettably, the pandemic obliges us to limit numbers.
Should family and friends wish, in her memory, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation or UNICEF's #GiveAVax Covid-19 Match Fund.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So sorry for your loss Murray. My sincere condolences Ed - Posted by: Ed Sloane (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss, Murray. Although I never met your wife, I know that she must have been a wonderful partner for you. No on could possibly be as even-keeled and positive as you always were, without having a loving and caring wife to nurture you and your family. I know Joanne must have been a wonderful mother to your children, and her loss will be keenly felt by your whole family. In the days ahead, know that others all around you who have been enriched by knowing you and indirectly Joanne, care for you, and have you in their thoughts. - Posted by: John Peden (Friend and former colleague) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • Murray, I just want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your wife, mother and Nana. I hope the memories of the wonderful life you had together will provide some comfort to you and your family at this very sad and difficult time. - Posted by: Marcia Zebrun Ewatski (Former co-worker with Murray) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • I remember visiting Joanne in Indian Head and she was peddling a tricycle as fast as she could and I was standing on the back holding on for dear life and dad was filming us on his super 8 camera, I still have that film. Good memories ! - Posted by: Karen collin (Cousin) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Joanne was my next door neighbour for many years…watched her children grow up and have her grandchildren which she adored….so sad and sorry that her family won’t have her to enjoy their children and accomplishments…thankful she had a caring family to deal with year long health issues. Murray will miss his longtime wife and friend along with other family members…enjoy the cottage and happy memories. - Posted by: Betty Stire (Former neighbours ) on: Jul 24, 2021

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