Jonna Grad

June 10, 1967November 23, 2021

Jonna passed away peacefully at home at the age of 54 on November 23, 2021. Beloved wife of Ken and loving mother of Krista. She was predeceased by her parents Marion and John Carter and sister Joy. Jonna was a kind and gentle soul who accepted everyone without judgement. She had an innate ability to understand people's needs and used her creativity and leadership skills to meet those needs. She had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of people through her work at the Women's Centre of Hamilton, Mission Services, Centre for Family Literacy, and St. Albert Senior Association. Jonna was a true friend, a skilled mentor, a bird lover, and a voracious reader.

A private family gathering will be held. To honour Jonna, donations can be made to the breast cancer research would be greatly appreciated or reach out to someone in need.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Sheri Caithness

December 6, 2021

I only knew Jonna from the St. Albert Seniors Assoc. but I found her to always be very friendly and caring in how others felt about many things. She also always sported a huge smile which was a bit infectious and nice to be around. I want to offer my condolences to Jonna's family and prayers for some comfort in this very sad and difficult time.
Sheri Caithness

Sharon Smith

December 6, 2021

I knew Jonna through my work at the Centre for Family Literacy. The first time we spoke was when she called to offer me the job. My first impression of her was that she valued people - I came to know her as an open-minded leader with a lot of kindness to share. My condolences to her loved ones.

Ken Grad

December 3, 2021

My Angel Jonna

How else to describe our love:
We nurtured, and loved
We inspired, and loved
We excited, and loved
We learned, and loved
We shared, and loved
We laughed, and loved
We talked, and loved
We everything, and loved
Yet she still gave all this and more to her awesome friends, co-workers and patrons.
Her light still burns bright in my heart after 25 years and counting.

My Angel Jonna

I Missing You!!!
You’re Loving Husband

Laurie Fagan

November 30, 2021

Jonna and I became work friends 10 years ago. We would call upon each other during tough work times and she was a great 'go to' person for me. I will miss her greatly. Our non-profit sector will miss her amazing spirit and grace. She made such a positive impact on so many of us. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to your family.

Darren Hinger

November 30, 2021

I had the privilege to work with Jonna throughout her leadership at Centre for Family Literacy. She led with warmth and professionalism and brought out the best in us. Her example continues to inspire and her loss is deeply felt. My sincere condolences to all her family.

Susan Morrissey

November 29, 2021

Jonna was a colleague of mine for many years. I treasured the few lunches we shared at the Commodore, the conversations and her very gentle manner. She was a true professional and I will miss her.
My sincere condolences to her family.

Kristin Dmytriw

November 29, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Jonna at the Centre for Family Literacy. Her commitment to supporting adults, families and her community is something that shone through in everything that she did! As a leader she worked hard to professionally build and empower her team. I am fortunate to have learned from Jonna and will remember her fondly.

Sam Robinson

November 27, 2021

November 27, 2021
To the family of Jonna Grad,
I've never written a note like this before----I didn't "know" Jonna until I read her obituary in the Hamilton Spectator. Her great smile, and then the words of the obituary describing someone who was clearly a warm, caring, perhaps charismatic person, with a real commitment to a wide variety of socially beneficial organizations deeply moved me. Jonna's volunteering with "Family Literacy" really caught my attention (that is a new name to me. I was a family therapist the past). I hope I'm not overstepping boundaries in writing what is, I suppose, an unusual, but very sincere and respectful note to you.

Yours truly, and somehow knowing that your joyful memories will give you strength during this tender time.

Sam Robinson

Lisa Ware

November 27, 2021

I am deeply saddened to hear of Jonna's passing.

As I had met and worked with Jonna, I knew her to be incredibly generous, easy to be around, and kind to all. She always had a big smile and an inviting laugh. She was creative and had appreciation for art, for reading, and for people from all walks of life.

The world will miss you Jonna.

Deepest sympathy to all who loved you Jonna.


Glenn Walmsley

November 27, 2021

I am deeply saddened by Jonna's passing. I knew her as Executive Director of the St. Albert Seniors Association.

In particular, she was so supportive of a budding and older Blogger who has now written almost 100 of them. I will be forever grateful for the chance she took with me.

My thoughts go out to her family who must be feeling the loss - she was so young.

My thoughts are with you all.