Joanne Hutnyk Obituary (1939 – 2022)

With heavy hearts the family of Joanne Nellie Hutnyk announce her passing May 23, 2022 at the age of 82. Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Auntie and friend.

Mom’s incredible life began on July 22, 1939 in Emo, Ontario. Born to English Immigrant parents, she grew up in a close knit family, her parents, 3 brothers and one sister. Life was simple in those days and hard work the norm. Helping out on the family farm and working alongside her Aunt Lizzie at Hagen’s Lodge, were happy times. By the age of 20 Mom had 4 children and worked hard inside the home and out to provide for each of them, sewing their clothes, making their meals, always supporting and encouraging them, Mom devoted her life to her children Bob, Jerry, Ron & Cindy.

Moving to BC in 1969 the family eventually settled in Prince George and at the age of 40 Mom’s life ‘began again’ (her words) when she met and married the love of her life Tony Hutnyk.

Mom and Tony spent 42 happy years together. They traveled frequently; trips ‘back home’ as Mom always referred to Ontario, trips to Hawaii, fifth wheeling to the Yukon or the many business trips throughout Canada and the US, always stopping in to visit family and friends along the way.

Mom’s fashion sense was impeccable and so it was only fitting that she worked and managed clothing stores; Saan’s, Reitmans, Cleo’s, Mark’s Work Wearhouse to name a few. A change in career saw her driving the parts truck for Fred Walls & Son in Prince George, a job she truly enjoyed. Mom & Tony moved to Nanaimo in 1980 and purchased a coffee shop they aptly named TJ’s. There she could make and serve her delicious soups and baked goods, banana cream pie, butter tarts and muffins.

Moving to Kamloops in 1994 to be closer to family, Mom’s grandchildren were always her focus; Brandon (Melissa) Kellen (Angie), Christina (Kyle) & Darren, Brianna & Kimberly, Kristen (Jesse) Kelsey Rikki and Wacey , Madison & Resa. Always so happy and eager to hear about their lives, play a game of cards, croquet or washeroos. Many enjoyed her Sunday dinners of roast beef and gravy and her homemade buns were legendary.

Also mourning her loss is her devoted husband Tony, sons Jerry (Kathy) Haney, Ron Haney, daughter and best friend Cindy Bishop. Stepchildren Todd (Julie) Hutnyk and Leanne (Wendell) Stoltzfus. Her brothers Reg & David White, sister-in-law Lois White, Atikokan, Ontario. Great Grandchildren Evangeline & Gavin, Kassie & Olivia, Elaina & Serena. Nieces and nephews, and so many friends she treated as family.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House who took such great care of Mom and for their support to our family in her final days. In lieu of flowers donations to this Hospice House would be greatly appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 5, 2022, at the Sign Cellar Lounge Sandman Center from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Lucky were those who felt her sweet embrace, gazed upon her smiling face and shared in her joy for life. Mom was predeceased by her parents John & Lucy White, siblings Margaret & John White, son Robert (Bob) Haney and son-in-law Ian Bishop.
We know you are Dancing in Heaven. We love you Mom.

Published by Kamloops This Week from May 31 to Jun. 30, 2022.

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