March 26, 1918 – July 24, 2012
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Joy Johnsen, a resident of Salt Spring Island for over 40 years. She is mourned by her stepdaughters, Patti Johnsen, and Virginia Lafond (Raymond) and their families, her nieces, Pauline Matzen, Ann Martin, and Lois Dein, as well as her many friends and caregivers. A deeply spiritual woman, Joy was for 33 years a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Throughout her long life, Joy generously gave of her knowledge and skill as a musician – notably, as founder and director of the Salt Spring Island Singers and in the music ministry at Our Lady of Grace Parish. As well, Joy gladly rendered her considerable talent as a visual artist at Braehaven Residence including for Greenwoods Eldercare Society.
Joy’s family offers their profound thanks to her many caregivers, particularly, Dr. Shane Barclay, and all the staff at Braehaven and at the Lady Minto Hospital, and her faithful close friends.
Joy’s life was celebrated, in accord with her wishes, through a Mass of Resurrection at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Saturday July 28, 2012, Reverend Larrie Soberano serving as chief celebrant.