Joyce Shimoji


June 23, 1930 - February 28, 2021

After a brief illness preceded by a long brave journey through dementia, Joyce Shimoji passed away on February 28, 2021 at age 90. She passed away at home, comfortably and calmly, while  under the care of her long time personal care attendant Liezl Pacete and the staff of the Simkin Centre.

Joyce is survived by her sons, Bert (Paula) Finkelstein and Mark Finkelstein, and their half-sister Janine Baer; stepchildren, Joel (Dena) Shimoji, Leanne (Dean) Chale, and Tammy Shimoji; grandchildren, Samson (Charlotte Greenblatt) Finkelstein, Jonah (Laura Emiola) Finkelstein, Jenna (Levi) Johnston, Amanda, Sara and  Kiera Shimoji, and Kirsten and Hannah Chale; great-grandchildren, Freya and Tomas Finkelstein, Londyn Johnston, Hailee, and Jonah Emiola; sister Clarice Rubin; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Tom Shimoji; siblings, Harry (Sandy) Riesenberg, Mickey (Jean) Riesenberg, Beckey Selwyn, and Sylvia (Jack) Knazan; Jack Finkelstein; and son-in-law Boyd Newton.

Joyce was born on June 23, 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up in the North End and attended Saint John’s Collegiate. She moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where she met her first husband Jack Finkelstein. They were married in 1952 and moved to Regina, Saskatchewan. After having their two sons, Mark and Bert, they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Joyce raised her family, volunteered with various charitable organizations and developed a life-l