Obituaries — 30 August 2017
Jo-Ann June Bruetsch – June 15, 1960 – August 20, 2017

Jo-Ann June Bruetsch – June 15, 1960 – August 20, 2017

Jo-Ann June Bruetsch, 57 passed away peacefully in the Dryden Regional Health Centre on Sunday August 20, 2017.

Jo-Ann was born in Dryden, Ontario on June 15, 1960 and lived her life in the Dryden area. She completed her piano tuning certificate in Calgary and Winnipeg and became the first female certified piano technician in Canada. Jo-Ann was creative and entrepreneurial and could accomplish whatever she made up her mind to do.  Her family was everything to her. She was a vivacious individual who wanted to make the world a better place. She was a champion Mom and one of the world’s truly beautiful people. She married Clinton Bruetsch in August 1983 and together they raised six children. 

Jo-Ann is survived by her husband Clinton and her children Neal of Dryden, Konrad (Angela) of Winnipeg, Rowen (Meagan) of Kenora, Ahnika of Kenora, Wilma and Wilene of Mishkeegogamang, her granddaughters Chloe, Leni and Jude Bruetsch, her sister Lori Chase (Greg) of Bragg Creek, Alberta her brother Scott McDonald (Kim) of Dryden and Darlene Winters (Ron) of Dryden and a large extended family.

Jo-Ann was predeceased by her parents Marilyn and Clayton McDonald, her brother Blair, her infant brother Wade, her brother-in-law Bob Madder and her little nephew Zafa McDonald.

A Memorial Funeral Service was held Friday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the Gordon Wood Auditorium with Pastor James Wood officiating.  Interment of ashes will take place at a later date.

If friends desire donations may be made to the DRHC CT Scan Fund through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca 

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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