It is with great sadness that I must bring the news about Joan’s death. She died earlier this month.
Joan is remembered as a long-standing friend and pillar of support of the Anglican Church of St Nicholas, Helsinki. The church was not the only place where she was actively serving the community. Many organizations and individuals will be missing her hard work and enthusiastic support.
In the Church she is remembered as a person who was actively enganging in various activities, leading by her example. She greeted visitors at the door, handing out hymn books and service sheets, she made sure we had readers in the service, and looked after the collection and the bread and the wine. She took the responsibility of arranging church coffee for many years. No Annual Bazaar would have been possible without Joan passing on her long experience to the next generation.
Until the Annual Meeting in 2020 she was an active, always forward-looking member of the Chaplaincy Council.
She will be sorely missed by many in the Church and we aim to arrange a memorial service later this year. Joan’s funeral service was today, Tuesday 19 January 2021 in the Espoo Cathedral.
Joan is survived by her two children.
Go forth upon your journey from this world, O Christian soul;
in the name of God the Father who created you.
In the name of Jesus Christ who suffered for you.
In the name of the Holy Spirit who strengthens you.
In communion with all the blessèd saints;
with the angels and archangels and all the heavenly host.
May your portion this day be in peace and your dwelling in the city of God. Amen.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Tuomas Mäkipää, Anglican Chaplain