Joanne Lucille Kinchella

24 June, 195215 September, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Joanne Kinchella (née Steel) announces the passing of their deeply loved daughter, mother, grandmother and sister, after a four and half year tough battle with cancer. She passed away in The North Shore Hospice Centre in North Vancouver, BC, shortly after midnight on September 15th, 2021, surrounded by her two daughters. She spent five weeks in hospice care where she was surrounded by many friends and family, right up until the hours before the angels took her home.

Jo, Jopey or Jo-Jo, as her friends called her, was born on June 24th,1952 to Ted and Mina Steel (née Stanley, now Sumner), where she grew up with her younger sister Doni Steel, in Lynn Valley, with the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge as her back yard. She graduated from Carson Graham Secondary School and was married a short time thereafter to Pat Kinchella, where they lived in Coquitlam and had two daughters, Danielle Pistilli (née Kinchella) and Fiona Watkins (née Kinchella). Jo returned back to North Vancouver in 1986 to raise her daughters, independently, and be close to her parents.

From the early 80’s, Mom had an artistic eye for makeup and a passion for fashion. She worked in cosmetics and modeled for many years before putting herself through film and make-up school. She was inspired to take her art to a more professional level after she was an extra on the movie Happy Gilmore, where she played the role of a make-up artist and thought to herself, “I can do this”. She attended Vancouver Film School and John Casablanca Institute, all while raising two teenage girls and working full time. Soon after school, she was given a break, by a friend and director, to be a key makeup artist and thus began her journey into film. Next to the many beautiful friendships she made, one of Jo’s proudest accomplishments was winning a Leo Award for the work that she did, in China, for a film called Iron Road.

Jo is survived by her 95 year old mother, Mina; two daughters and son-in-laws, Danielle (Chris) and Fiona (David); four deeply loved grandchildren, Madi, Keaton, Lili and Charlie; her sister Doni; her beloved dog, Lola; and many close friends and extended family.

Words will never be able to express the unconditional love Jo had for her family and friends and how proud she was of us all. The feeling was beyond mutual, Mom. Thank you for loving us so deeply. We were all so blessed to have you in our life and you will be missed beyond words. We love you to the moon and back, too.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at the home of Danielle and Chris Pistilli on October 2nd, 2021 at 1:00 pm, with eulogy starting at 2:00 pm. If you do not have the address, or if you have questions, please facebook message, or email Fiona Watkins at for more details. To attend the celebration by zoom, please email Fiona for the link also. All are welcome to attend, at your personal comfort level


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Susan Kirk

1 October 2021

I was so blessed to have a life time friend of 65 years with Jo. We always kept in touch with each other throughout the years even though we where living a distance apart. We cherished our phone calls and video chats. My deepest condolences to all the family. My loving thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Again I want to thank you for a special blessed last visit with Jo before her passing. Her loving soul is now in Heaven at rest❤️
Much Love Susan Hume Kirk

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Carolyn Mcdonald

22 September 2021

Years and years ago a friend of ours gave me the nick name,
“ Seahag” because he misheard my maiden name, C. Had(field).
From then on it stayed with me and I don’t think Joanne ever called me by my real name. Whenever she we spoke, she’d say Hi Seahag and then give a whole hearted laugh.
Joanne, I will miss you and that laugh. I have some wonderful memories to cherish, Love Seahag

Colleen McGiverin

22 September 2021

My dearest BEST FRIEND, JO of 36 heartfelt, memorable years. My words are not in vain when I say how you have touched my heart and soul. Our journey was filled with laughter, tears, Joy, and a deep understanding of friendship to me and my(your bonus daughter Sarah). You where a dear friend with a hand up and a warm hand out to many moments in my life as I know I was to you. We shared births, graduations, goodbyes, hello's. We danced under the moon and stars with a glass of bubbly(sometimes a bottle) all while remembering that friends are precious and that we are loved , Jo you are precious to me and always will be my BGF...I miss you deeply❤. Our journey has not ended with you leaving, only that it has allowed you to be free from the pain and to feel the wind in your wings. I pray your flight and landing is filled with the Love and Joy you left in mine and Sarah's heart....Love you dearest best friend... COLLEEN❤🌹

Shirley Hunter

18 September 2021

Jo and I have been friends since she was 19 . She had a gift for finding laughter and the best in every situation.She was so proud of her family and appreciative of everything they shared. She was loved and she will be missed.

Jo-Anne Shields

15 September 2021

My dear friend Jo. We have known each other since we were kids. She was the first person I met when I moved to the street; her home was my second home, there were many sleepovers and dinners at her house I was always felt so welcomed. We lost touch for a time and then a few years ago she moved in across the hall from my apartment. I was so happy to see her again, and we picked up, pretty much, where we left off. Love you Jo Rest easy now.

Wishing you the most heartfelt love and condolences remembering our Jo.

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