Johanna Paula Jilek

July 15, 2022
In loving memory ~
On Friday, July 15th, Johanna passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and support of her family.
Mom is back with dad (Adalbert), most likely dancing into the wee hours. Born in 1933 in Vienna, Austria, mom met the love of her life in 1948 at a local dance and eventually added 4 children (Elli/Roland, Christine/Sherm, Karin/Dennis and Peter/Eva), 5 grandchildren (Hanna, Magyn, Nik, Cassandra and Chloe) and 1 great grandchild (Keira) into their lives.
Mom also leaves behind her beloved brother Hans and sister Erika in Vienna and numerous nieces and nephews, close friends and acquaintances, abroad and in Salmon Arm – mom and dad’s home since 1991.
Mom was a talented hair dresser for over 35 years, a successful realtor (500 club member in Calgary) for many years and a coffee merchandiser (Melitta brand). Considering that both mom and dad were immigrants to Canada in 1963 with english being their second language – they did pretty well and were always proud to be Canadians of Austrian descent.
We wish to thank everyone from Salmon Arm’s first responder team of Christie and Cathy to mom’s emerg/ICU cardio nurses at Salmon Arm and Kelowna hospitals, and doctors Malinowski, Widmer, and Glanville, to mom’s pharmacist Regan, and more, for their kindness, compassionate care and professionalism, especially since late March, when mom’s heart health declined.
Also, a special heartfelt thank you goes out to the MAiD (medical assistance in dying) team in Salmon Arm and Kelowna, for their gentle and consistent support of mom’s desire to choose her time of passing. Mom went on her own terms, which gave her and her family a form of comfort and peace.
As per mom’s request, no funeral service will be held. However, a memorial tree/shrub and walkway plaque will eventually be placed at McGuire Lake, for any family and friend to visit, whenever they like.


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