In Celebration of

Joanne Natalie Olynyk

February 26, 1954 -  May 25, 2021

It is with deep sadness that the family of Joanne Natalie Olynyk announces her passing on May 25, 2021. Joanne passed away peacefully at home in Mississauga, Ontario with her beloved husband Stefano (Radaelli), her son Matthew and her sister Andrea at her side.

She also leaves behind her heartbroken parents Vera and Henry Olynyk, her brother Michael, niece Katie and nephews Andrew and Nicholas, and aunts Natalie (Bundza) and Linda (Bundza) as well as extended family in Toronto and Italy.

Joanne was a thoughtful, gentle and sensitive person who had a passion for history, the arts and travelling. She was very generous, always thinking about others and providing support to her family and friends. A retired special education teacher for the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board, Joanne had great patience with students, and children gravitated to her warmth and kindness toward them. In her later years, Joanne enjoyed skating, and the friendships she developed at her skating club and yoga classes were extremely meaningful to her.

We are deeply grateful for the compassionate care and support provided by Dr. Emily Kuhlmann throughout Joanne’s illness.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, funeral services will be privately held on Saturday, May 29th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Joanne’s memory may be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada.


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Bill Marshall (Fellow skater and friend)

Entered May 27, 2021 from Mississauga

It was impossible not to be influenced by Joanne's positive attitude and upbeat demeanour.
She had a way of boosting the spirits of anyone she came into contact with, both on and off the ice.
Joanne was a special person who will be very sorely missed.

Margaret Graham (Fellow skater)

Entered May 27, 2021 from Mississauga, ON

I'm sorry to hear of her passing; Joanne was such a pleasant person to talk to. She will be missed at skating by all of us who knew her. May she rest in peace!

David Culham (skating buddy)

Entered May 27, 2021 from 3265 South Millway Unit 44 Mississauga ON L5L2R3

Joanne often had long conversations with many people over the 2 hr skating session. I was one lucky enough to talk to her on many occasion about all the topics under the sun with wit, humour and a kindly nature. I know she rests in peace.

Ambrogio Elena Monica 

Entered May 27, 2021 from Como

A Stefano e Matthew
Vi siamo vicini
Ambro, Monica e Elena

Linda Waterfield (Friend)

Entered May 27, 2021 from Mississauga

My dearest friend I am so very thankful for all the wonderful times we had together. You are a shining star and now you rest in Heaven out of pain and suffering and at peace. God Bless you dear Joanne. You will forever be with me in my heart and in my prayers. You are one of the best. Thank you for your friendship.


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