Mrs. JoAnne Miller

Mrs. JoAnne Laveta Miller (Wilson)

Wednesday, November 18th, 1959 - Friday, November 20th, 2020
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Obituary

JoAnne Laveta Miller
November 18, 1959 – November 20, 2020

Mrs. JoAnne Laveta Miller (nee Wilson), age 61 years, passed away peacefully in St. Joseph's Hospital on Friday, November 20, 2020, with her loving family by her side.

JoAnne was born in Port Arthur, Ontario on November 18, 1959 and grew up in Thunder Bay. She finished high school in Rainy River, where she met her future husband, Alvin Miller. After graduation, JoAnne attended Lakehead University and then married Alvin in 1981. Together, they set up their home in Thunder Bay, where JoAnne worked and was a loyal union steward of the United Steel Workers of America for many years. She held numerous other retail positions over the years, including at Zellers, Greyhound and Perth's.

In 1990, JoAnne and Alvin welcomed their first born child, Evelyn. She revelled in being a Mom and was equally ecstatic when her family was completed with two more children, Warren in 1996 and Victoria in 2000. Jo or Jojo, as we fondly called her, loved holidays and school functions, always helping her children through dance, drama and singing recitals and performances. JoAnne loved to sew, garden, sing and travel, and even found time to graduate from CDI Business College with a diploma in Business Administration. Family was JoAnne's greatest passion and everything revolved around making a happy and loving home for her husband and children.

JoAnne is survived by her husband, Alvin; son Warren and daughter Victoria as well as her brother, Richard Hilsden (Wilson). Numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, extended family and friends, too numerous to mention, are also mourning her passing.

She was predeceased by her daughter Evelyn; parents Irving and Evelyn Wilson and sister Bette Wilson.

A private service for the late Mrs. JoAnne Miller will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020 in Christ Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Brian Falkenholt. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance at the service will be by invite only. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, where JoAnne will be laid to rest beside her beloved daughter, Evelyn. For those friends not able to attend, a recording of the service will be uploaded to the funeral home website and will be available beginning on Monday.

As directed by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the attendance at the funeral is restricted to 30% capacity or less and a record of attendance must be maintained. Wearing of masks or face coverings by everyone and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet is mandatory for those attending the service.

Should friends so desire, donations made in memory of JoAnne to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Joseph's Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James.

Rest in peace JoAnne. You are loved and will be deeply missed.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, November 28th, 2020
    Location
    Christ Lutheran Church
    Address
    47 Walkover Street
    Notes
    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the funeral will be by invitation only. A video recording of the service will be available on the funeral home website beginning Monday.
  • Interment

    Location
    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    3200 Oliver Road

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Nancy

Posted at 04:00pm
Alvin & Family == So very sorry to hear of Joanne's passing our thought's and deepest sympathy go out to you all at this very sad time.

Nancy & Laurie Hoard ( friend & co-worker Zeller's )
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Herbert Daniher

Posted at 10:24am
On behalf of the United Steelworkers we wish to express our sincere condolences to the Miller family regarding the passing of JoAnne. She was an active member of Local 5418 for over 20 years and served as a steward and executive member of the Area Council. She will be missed by many no doubt.
Herbert Daniher USW Staff Representative /Retired staff Rep Moses Sheppard
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Jason Veltri

Posted at 08:34am
I am so very sorry for your loss. It was an honour to have known Joanne and her passion for her community was so impressive. May she rest in eternal peace.

Wayne Morin

Posted at 06:01am
Rest in Peace lovely Lady! You will never be forgotten.
All my love
Wayne

Karen Capricci

Posted at 09:12pm
Alvin, Warren and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Thinking of you all.
Karen Capricci
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