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PATRICIA LYNN JOHNSON

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, and sister.

Patti passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012 at her home, with family members by her side, after a brief yet courageous four-week battle with cancer.

Patti was born March 10, 1957 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Peter and Helen Fylkow. She was the middle sister to Kathy and Linda.

She met the love of her life, Joe, and they were married Feb. 11, 1978. Together they raised three girls, Aimee, Dawn, and Heather, who are now grown with families of their own.

She was overjoyed to have welcomed five grandchildren into the world, and spent many hours playing and caring for them. Ainsley, Henry, Abigail, Norah, and Marina will miss their Baba.

Patti spent her accomplished 30-year career at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc.; first as a medical laboratory technologist, and then going on to become the corporate director of Diagnostic Services.

She played an integral part in bringing CT scanner technology to La Verendrye General Hospital and in developing the Riverside breast health program. She most recently was working on obtaining the new digital mammography unit for the breast health program.

Patti, together with her family, loved their time at the lake, whether it was on a houseboat, their cabin, or in their new home. Many memorable weekends were spent surrounded by family and friends, and many new friendships were formed.

Patti spent her life taking care of people and always was busy cooking, entertaining, and quilting. Her presence made life easier for everyone around her.

Family was the most important thing to her and she was happiest when we were all together. Although we are heartbroken by her passing, we are truly grateful for having her in our lives.

Patti is survived by her husband, Joseph; her daughters, Aimee (Chris) Matheson, Dawn (Boomer) Redford, and Heather (Leigh) Jarvis; her father, Peter; her sisters, Linda (Ross) Keeler and Kathy Harrison; and her nieces and nephews, Rebecca Roynon and family, Andrew Harrison, and Emma Keeler.

Also surviving are her in-laws, Mary Johnson, Terry, Rick (Phyllis), Kathy (Jim), Mary (Brent), and Leeann; and nieces and nephews, Amanda, Matt, Todd, Jay, Chris, Jeremy, Annissa, Ria, Katie, Tanner, Jillian, and Joleigh, and their families.

Patti was predeceased by her mother, Helen Fylkow; father-in-law, Edward Johnson; and brother-in-law, Robert Mainville.

Baba will be especially missed by her five grandchildren, Ainsley and Abigail Matheson, Henry and Norah Redford, and Marina Jarvis.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre in Fort Frances, Ont., with Rev. Diane Clifford officiating.

As per Patti’s wishes, cremation has taken place, with a private internment at a later date.

The honorary pallbearers will be her close friends, Phyllis Johnson, Patti Christian, Anne Pycko, Toni Benning, Elaine Sande, and Felix Blasky.

In memoriam donations may be directed to the “Together We Can” campaign at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com