July 25, 1952 – October 11, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Joan Aunet, after living with lung cancer for the past year. Born in Seattle to John and Frances Ortblad, Mom was one of six children raised in their large, loving, Catholic home. An adventurous and independent spirit from a young age, Mom had a passion for athletics, travel, people, and exploring her Scandinavian heritage. After studying Swedish at the UW, and graduating dental hygiene school, she met future husband, Rolf, on one of her many flights to Scandinavia. Happily married in 1981, they began their family in Calgary, and, moving west to Campbell River, soon welcomed four sons.
While she enjoyed her long & dedicated career as a hygienist, it was the pride & joy of motherhood that truly called to her. Filling her rambunctious home with love, laughter, and good food, she delighted in the everyday tasks of raising her four boys; still, she enjoyed opening her house to play frequent host to friends, family and new acquaintances. Mom was also devout in her Catholic faith, which brought her much strength, comfort, & community through the years. In her retirement, she dreamed of relishing the simple blessings she held so dear: nature, friendship, family and most of all, her grandchildren.
Mom is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years Rolf, her Mother & Father, sister Ellen, and brother Dennis. She is survived by sons Bjorn (Elina), Hans (Lisa), Tor, and Olav, grandsons Leif & Mattias, sisters Barbara (Gustaf) and Karen (Kieran), sister-in-law Mari, brother Robert (Kathy) and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins across the US and Norway. She will be forever missed and loved by us all.
Our sincerest gratitude to Dr. Wong for his excellent and compassionate care, BC Cancer, our family of caregivers at Yucalta Lodge, and all those whose kindness and support helped us through this journey.
A funeral will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 1pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
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