Joanne Marie (Kennedy) Brodie
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BRODIE, Joanne Marie (nee Kennedy) Peacefully at The Carpenter Hospice on May 16, 2019, two days before her birthday. Joanne was born May 18, 1946 in Toronto. She trained as a nurse at Sick Kids Hospital and worked with her husband Dennis at their family practice in Burlington for over 40 years, later expanding her career as a prenatal instructor at Sheridan College. Joanne and Dennis were inseparable in work and in life, married 47 years, raising four children: Sarah, Erica, Adam and Rachel. Anyone who met Joanne knew her as a curious, warm listener. A patriotic Canadian, she never missed a Team Canada hockey final and was a CBC superfan. Joanne was a loyal community member since her family moved to Burlington when she was a child. A beloved friend to many: from her childhood on Poplar Drive, Nelson High School, her teenage lifeguarding teams, her Sick Kids nursing cohort, her Lamaze teaching days, the Burlington medical community and Theatre Aquarius. Joanne's open heart and mind connected her to a large and diverse network of family and friends, all of whom she asked about right up until the end. She was a maven and a bridge for this vast number who also held her dear. Joanne's children Sarah, Erica, Adam and Rachel are grateful for her love, as are her grandchildren Finn, Beck, Jones, Ruby, Arlo, Robin and Levon for their ""Nana Jo."" Joanne is the eldest born to Jean (b.1920-) and John Kennedy (1920-1982), and a cherished big sister to Wendy, Gord and Susan; as well, a loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Suffering 15 years with Parkinson's Disease, and more recently, from cancer treated at Joseph Brant Hospital, Joanne had an unusual strength, putting life first rather than being defined by the disease. All of Joanne's family, including her husband, children, grandchildren and even her 99-year-old mother were with her in her final days. In following Joanne's wishes a private cremation has taken place. Family and friends can contribute (in lieu of flowers) in Joanne's name to the foundations central in her care: Parkinson Canada (Parkinson.ca), The Carpenter Hospice (thecarpenterhospice.com) and Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (JBHFoundation.ca). Visitation will be held Friday, May 17 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service also Saturday at 11 a.m. Both will take place at St. Christopher's Anglican Church in Burlington.

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator from Jun. 16 to Jun. 23, 2019.
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