Jo Anne Stinson Neé Lazenby
After a short illness, surrounded by family, she passed peacefully December 2, 2019. She leaves in sorrow her only son Kenneth (Lia Spoltore) and their daughter Gianna Spoltore. Will be missed by longtime partner Mark Przesiecki, Marks children, Misha Przesiecki and Mykol Przesiecki, and grandchildren, Mika Przesiecki, Kaden Heney and Avaya Heney. Jo Anne leaves behind siblings Colleen Lazenby (Bruce Stanbury), Susan Montgomery (Douglas), and Peter Lazenby. Will be remembered by nieces and nephew, Leila Montgomery (Sean Elliott), Sean Montgomery (Caleigh), Celeste Jordan and Zoe Lazenby. Jo Anne will be deeply missed by her sweet dog Reese.
Jo has spent more than half of her life in Overbrook. She was born here, lived in Overbrook while working with the RCMP, and chose to retire here after leaving the Public Service Commission. Her career began in the Chief Financial Office of the RCMP and then moved to managing the Internal Bank and Chief Paymaster’s Office. Interested in a change from finance, Jo transferred to Firearms and in time became a Firearms Officer. Two years after her first retirement in 2000, Jo returned to Finance for both Elections Canada and the Public Service Commission. While working for the RCMP, Jo found her niche. From organizing major events to being Social Convener for the S/NCO Mess, where she has worked to raise money for many charities. She carried this experience with her to her other Government Departments and now shares this knowledge with her community. Besides belonging to the OCA, she devotes time to the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Development Framework Committee and Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) where needed. Jo has volunteering in her blood and started from a young age helping the elderly and infirm, volunteer show coordinator for OLMC, Volunteer board member and supporter of all community events in Overbrook and with the OCH. Jo was always an enthusiastic volunteer role model beloved by many in our community. Jo is an artist with her jewelry design and teaching business, the Art of Jewelry. Longtime Member of Ottawa Lap smith & Mineral Club Olmc.ca. Due to health issue Jo lives in OCH, giving the OCA insight into the needs of that aspect of our community.
A celebration of life will take place December 15, 2019, 1-3 pm at Racine, Robert and Gauthier Funeral Home, 180 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON. In lieu of flowers donations to a favorite charity would be appreciated by Jo.