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Born: Jan 24, 1939

Date of Passing: Oct 06, 2020

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January 24, 1939 - October 6, 2020
Ligiazun, GR, Switzerland to
Brandon, MB, Canada

Avid reader, writer, and poet. Author of three novels. Lover of cats, puzzles, and cheese. Admirer of Elvis, Monet, and Paul Newman. Devotee of all mysteries, from printed word to film. Supporter of social issues, fan of the arts, and speaker of languages. Early adopter of computers. Slipper knitter. Barbie clothes designer. Yogurt maker. Family history keeper. Conscientious, responsible, and organized. Determined, funny, smart, brave, vocal, loving, and feisty.
Adventurer who left her tiny Swiss mountain home, Ligiazun, for the city. Moved to Chicago while teaching herself English. Married a grain and cattle farmer from St. Martin in Manitoba's Interlake. Mother to three children. Clerk for the Department of National Defense. Retired and joined her writing communities, in Brandon and online.
Welcomed with joy into heaven by her mother Maria Ursula; father Sep Antoni; brothers, Rest Giusep, Barclamiu, and Gion Martin; sister Valentina; husband Tom; and all her previous furry meowzers.
Heartbroken from her departure are her daughters, Lynn and Gail; son Keith; sisters, Onna and Mengia Barla; sister-in-law Olga; many family members in Switzerland and Canada; her best friends, Marian and Isobel; and her cat Ellie.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Brandon, MB.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Brandon Humane Society or to The Marquis Project:

Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Many happy times with Joyce as a CF member at CFB Shilo Supply. Also as a mobile home owner at Sprucewoods Mobile home park. - Posted by: Cliff Hartmier (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

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