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Born: May 28, 1941

Date of Passing: Sep 08, 2020

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May 28, 1941 - September 8, 2020

It is with heartfelt sadness, we announce that Deanna Gay Griffen (nee Joistdahl) passed away peacefully after a year and a half long journey against Breast Cancer.
She is predeceased by her parents, Myrtle (Parasiuk) and Arthur Joistdahl; her husband Richard Griffen and numerous aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her daughters, Darian (Chris) Stroud, Cathy (Chris Carberry) Griffen; grandchildren, Nicholas, Kole, Mia and Maia and her brother Orin (Sue) Joistdahl in England. She is also survived by her special nieces, Jane (Simon) McDermott and Ann (Alex) Blaikley and their children, Emma, Sam, William and Oliver, along with countless dear friends.
Deanna was born in the small town of Dauphin, MB on May 28, 1941 to loving parents. As a child, she enjoyed being a big sister, school, swimming, ballet and made many special life-long friends. She attended the University of Winnipeg, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then moved to Swan River, where she taught high school English for two years. After her short teaching career, she used her kind and caring skills to become a Social Worker for the next 25 years. She worked in Swan River where she met her husband of 42 years, Richard. Together they lived in Brandon, in her favourite house on Buttercup Bay. Their jobs as social workers eventually led them to Winnipeg, where they spent the rest of their lives. Deanna worked part-time with her childhood friend Carol for the Ministry of Children and Family Services for most of her career.
Deanna was an incredible friend, daughter, Mom and Nana with her huge caring heart. Throughout the years, she always had a special connection to her hometown of Dauphin and cherished her cottage at Ochre Beach. She enjoyed all the time she spent with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. She loved doing the crossword puzzles in her morning newspaper, going for drives, tending to her garden, going out for lunch and especially ice cream at Ko's.
We would like to thank the staff at Riverview Health Center (3-E), the staff at Grace Hospice and Dr. Mehta for her long-term care.
Floral tributes are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Deanna can be made to CancerCare Manitoba in her memory.
Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be livestreamed on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, MB with Orin Joistdahl, Chris Stroud, Nic Stroud, Kole Stroud, Simon McDermott and Ted Parsiuk named as Honourary Pallbearers. The graveside service will be livestreamed via Facebook Live.
For additional links to the livestreams and to share condolences with the family please visit

"If only we could wish away your Cancer, your every pain, your every hardship,
every challenge that you are facing...
It's hard to know what to do
at a time like this but know that we care.
You are not alone".
We love you forever and for always,
Mom & Nana.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 21, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to Darian, Cathy and family. I met Deanna when I started working at 880 Portage. I was one of her and Carol’s cubicle buddies. Deanna (and Carol) were so helpful to me and they put up with a lot of endless questions that I had. Deanna was so incredibly kind and made everyone feel so comfortable. She was so proud of her family and spoke of them often. She had a great laugh, a wonderful smile, an incredible gift of calmness, and was definitely in the right profession. Deanna made the world a better place. - Posted by: Donna Kolbuck-Street (Work friend ) on: Aug 22, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Deanna's passing. I will keep you in my prayers as you say good-bye. May you be blessed with many happy memories of a life well lived. - Posted by: Colin Peterson (Former Minister) on: Aug 21, 2021

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