Joanne Louise O'Brecht

May 18, 1948July 9, 2018
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Loving wife to Glen and mother to Danielle and Jeffrey. Passed away peacefully at home on July 9th 2018. Loving grandmother to Sean, board member for Empowerment Council of CAMH and Gerstein Crisis Center. Nursing professor at Seneca for over 30 years. Proud graduate of Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbours. Friends and family may be received at Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Center (2570 Danforth Avenue) a visitation will be held on Thursday July 12, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral service to be held at St John's Catholic Church (794 Kingston Road) on Friday July 13, 2018 at 11am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gerstein Crisis Center.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 13, 2018

Joanne Louise O'Brecht

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Ann vose

July 30, 2018

When I think of Joanne I smile; she had such a joyful laugh/giggle that you immediately became engaged in her conversation. She must have had some French Canadian blood in her background for she always talked with her hands moving. She will be sorely missed at our upcoming reunion; my sincere condolences to all her family and close friends who loved her so.

Barbara Jones (Wilson)

July 20, 2018

To Joanne's family,
So very sorry to hear about Joanne' passing. She was such a fun loving free spirit who always brought such joy and laughter to our reunions. She will be missed. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

kathleen gallagher ross

July 20, 2018

Who will believe this story? I wonder.
"Sunny" was my first roommate at the RVH School of Nursing.
We started in September 1966 and had a double in the old main nurses residence. I can still see Joanne's hand coming out from under the covers to silence the alarm clock radio and , reach for a cigarette with which to start the day. We were young and dumb and happy.
She was a wonderful nurse and good friend to many.
I am sorry for the loss to the family she loved so much and her many friends.
Sincerely, Kathy Gallagher Ross, class of 1969

Lynne Nowlan Guay

July 12, 2018

To Jo’s dear family,
I am heart broken at the loss of one of the special ones. Jo was such a unique person who marched to her own drummer. Her joy of life and laughter will live on in our hearts forever. She always said I got her through nursing as I went across the hall to her room every day to wake her up for class. She liked her bed ! There are so many funny stories that come to mind when I think of her. What a blessing it was for her to see her beloved daughter married. Allow all those memories to wrap you in warmth and comfort during the difficult days ahead.

Alyson Hawksworth

July 12, 2018

Dearest Glenn, Jeffrey, Danielle, Julian and Sean. Each of you the Total Love and Joy in Sunny's Life. Joanne was an amazing talented, fun, astute, courageous, compassionate friend, who you knew would be there when you needed her. She really and truly was a personality glue in RVH Class 1969, and our next reunion will be very different as her hugs and laughter will be in our memories alone. Her and our love surround you always, Alyson (Umphie) Hawksworth, RVH '69 (Victoria, BC)

Julie Wrong Minkoff

July 12, 2018

Glen and Danielle,
Though we have never met, Jo was an integral part of our class of ‘ 69.
She was such a free spirit and drew people to her. I am not surprised that she was active in a helping role even in retirement.
Our reunions will never be the same without Jo.....but she will be with us in the future.
I am pleased that she was able to be at Danielle’s wedding just this last Saturday.....what a beautiful bride...Mummy must have been so proud.
So bitter sweet.....
Will be with you in spirit tomorrow.
Fondly, Julie

Marjorie Watts Sullivanma

July 12, 2018

My deepest condolences to Glen, Danielle and Julien and Jeffrey on the loss of Joanne.
I will never forget the sound of Jo’s laughter from the early years of our nurse’s training to the many times we got together during our class reunions. Jo had such joy and a sense of adventure. In the telling of stories and recounting of memories, there was always the roar of laughter. She also was classy, elegant and had a zaniness that was uniquely Joanne! She will be SO missed.
At our last reunion we walked through the Plateau —Leonard Cohen’s old neighbourhood—to get some St Viateur bagels, and shared more Montreal memories. Time like that I will cherish. Now Jo, dear Sunny, like that bird on a wire, fly free.

Shanlee Tyler

July 12, 2018

Thoughts and prayers with you all at this difficult time, so many wonderful memories of Joanne and Margaret over the years. May all the memories help you celebrate Joanne and all she has meant to everyone. Shanlee Clark Tyler

Anna Semple

July 10, 2018

What a beautiful photo of a wonderful neighbor. We will miss her ‘hello’. You all gave her such a moment of joy this past Saturday with such happiness and celebration that filled her heart. ❤️