Johanna passed away peacefully in the Vernon Hospice on June 1, 2009, at the age of 59 years. She is mourned by her loving husband, Barry, of Lumby; mother Truus Verhage of Vernon; siblings, Cors Verhage (Linda) of Peachland, Nick Verhage of Lumby, Lydia Bourne (Robert) of Lumby, Trudy Annand (Robert) of Vernon and her best friend, Carol Douglas. She will also be missed by her extended family including four step children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandson as well as eleven nieces and nephews and their families. Jo had a special place in her heart for her beloved cats, Darcy and Heidi. Johanna was predeceased by her father Cors and brother Adrian.
Jo’s many years of community service included the March of Dimes, Kinsmen, Run for the Cure, Telus Ambassadors, Funtastic Ball Tournament, and the Lumby Lions. She has touched the lives of many people, and will be missed by all.
A celebration of Johanna’s life will be held on Monday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. at the White Valley Community Centre, 2250 Shields Avenue, Lumby, BC.
The family extends their thanks and appreciation to the caregivers at the Vernon Hospice. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Johanna’s memory to The North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.