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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of JoAnne, our beloved mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother who left us at the age of 91 to be reunited with Al, the love of her life, and her son Larry.
JoAnne arrived from the Ukraine with her parents, Peter and Ann Baziuk, and her sisters, Mary, Nettie, Ollie and Ellen, at the age of six and settled in Camp Morton, MB. They eventually moved to Winnipeg and she met Al; it was love at first sight for them.
While Al established Al's Jewellers, JoAnne would work on the accounting some evenings while raising their children, Larry, Cindy, Randy, and Allan, driving them to activities. Weekends were spent as a family and on trips together.
In 1974, when they opened their new jewellery store on Marion St., Al and JoAnne worked many hours together with a staff of 40. Through the years they attended many functions, travelled the world, and spent winters in Palm Springs with Winnipeg friends. They also enjoyed going for family drives in Al's '65 red Caddy convertible and '64 Thunderbird convertible.
They loved entertaining with many social gatherings for family and friends, had many enjoyable times with her sister Nettie and Pete, and special times shared with her sister Ellen and Joe, whether it be at home, in Vernon, or in Palm Springs. Ellen flew out in a heartbeat when Al had heart surgery and JoAnne had surgery for lung cancer.
Al and JoAnne, through Al's Jewellers and personally, had a passion for and supported Folklorama since its
inception and enjoyed visiting lifelong friends at the events and pavillions. After Al's passing, JoAnne continued her involvement with Folklorama and was made an honorary member.
JoAnne was a good listener and loved to learn. She enjoyed meeting people and hearing about their lives. She was a strong person who worked hard throughout her life but also had a good sense of humour and made the most of every day. JoAnne was a beautiful dancer and it was a pleasure watching her on the dance floor. She had a passion for flowers and plants, and her beautiful flower beds and park-like back yard had won awards. She would share her hydrangeas with many who would stop by and admire them.
After Al's passing, JoAnne eventually started golfing again and participating in activities with Good Neighbours, meeting new friends and travelling, although she always said she loved her Winnipeg.
The last few years she enjoyed car drives with Larry and Cindy (with lots of laughs) and stops for lunch or Dairy Queen for a dilly bar, visits with her grandchildren, Nathaniel and Dakota with their newborn Tydus (and a special thank you to Nathaniel for helping her with computer issues), Lauren (they were like two peas in a pod who would always make each other laugh) and special visits with Jennifer and her great-granddaughter Hazel.
We will dearly miss her love, support and friendship.
As per JoAnne's wishes, a small private family service was held.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.
Family and friends may sign a
Book of Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca
Glen Eden Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 24, 2023
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
My condolences to the family. I remember the little jewellery store on Marion in the building of my in-laws before the big move across the street. We lost touch over the years but spent time with Al and Joanne over the years. - Posted by: Shirley Christie (Friend) on: Jul 01, 2023
So sorry to all the family for their loss. Our friendship goes back to the little jewelry store across Marion from the huge and fabulous Al's Jewelry store. Our businesses grew side by side for many years as did our friendship and our families. Its been an amazing life for us both! God bless you Joanne! 🙏 - Posted by: Olga Krawchuk (Long time old friend ) on: Jun 27, 2023
My condolences to Allan and the family on the loss of your mother. I will say a rosary in her memory Richard - Posted by: Richard Pelda (friend of family) on: Jun 25, 2023
From the Chrustie family to the Malbranck family - our sincere condolences to all. Our families had various relationships, at our parents level, neighbourhood friends and childhood friends. Our condolences to the family for their loss. Calvin and the Chrustie family memories. Hugs all. - Posted by: Calvin Chrustie (Friend of Family) on: Jun 25, 2023
So so sorry for your loss. I knew Joanne and Al through my parents Neil and Nell Ivory. My parents and your parents took me to Mexico with them many years ago, and the four of them were so funny and very entertaining I will never forget that trip. My memories of Joanne so soft spoken gentle heart and was a connection there for me. The loss is so sad for you all. Colleen Sopher (Ivory) - Posted by: Colleen Valerie Sopher (Friend ) on: Jun 25, 2023
Dear Allan, Anita & Family, Thinking of you, and sending our sincere condolences on the loss of this very good Woman. - Posted by: Robin Shreiber, Sara Wilner, Karen & Richard Howell, Tracey & Chris Block & Family (Friends) on: Jun 24, 2023
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