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ALIMONTI, Judie Barbara Dr.

ALIMONTI, Judie Barbara Dr.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Judie Barbara, beloved wife, sister, daughter and aunt on December 26, 2017 in Ottawa, ON at the young age of 57. She will be sadly missed by her husband Alan Giesbrecht of Ottawa, ON, father Dominico (Nick) Alimonti of Kelowna, BC, brother Keith Alimonti (Lynnea Westlind) of Kelowna, BC, sister Nancy Alimonti (Douglas Baine) of Calgary, AB, sister Cathy Carolei (Tim) of Kelowna, BC, along with 4 nieces, 1 nephew and a great niece and nephew. She will be missed by her life long friends Sandra (Benzer) and Barry Straza. Judie was predeceased by her mother Sheila Barbara Alimonti in 1984.

Judie was born in Kelowna, BC March 13, 1960 to Nick and Sheila Alimonti, the third child of four. She graduated from Kelowna Secondary School in 1978. She was involved in many extracurricular activities in her high school years including field hockey, basketball, soccer and jazz band in which she always excelled in. She continued playing field hockey and soccer into her adulthood in ladies’ leagues.
She went to Sutton, ON in 1980 and graduated from Massage Therapy School where she met her husband Alan Giesbrecht. They returned to Kelowna and opened their own massage therapy clinic. Judie decided to go back to University and obtained her Bachelor of Science -Microbiology at UBC Vancouver in 1991. She then continued on to get her PHD in Immunology at University of Manitoba. She attained her doctorate PHD, although very modest when we called her Doctor. We were so proud of her accomplishments while she was so unassuming. She went to work in Winnipeg, MB in doing research for cancer, aids, and Ebola. She was a lead researcher and instrumental in the development of the vaccine donated to the World Health Organization at their request in response to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2015. She coordinated and facilitated the distribution of the vaccine to various global partners. She was then recruited by the National Research Council of Canada and was currently working on a vaccination for the Zika Virus. She unfortunately was not able to complete her research although was able to bring the project further for her colleagues to continue with the project.

A memorial service to celebrate Judie’s life will be at Everden Rust Funeral Home at 11 am Saturday January 20, 2018, 1910 Windsor Road, Kelowna, BC followed by a reception to share stories and memories.
We would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at both Ottawa Hospital and Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital for the great care they gave to Judie. Donations can be made in Judie’s honour to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com

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Condolence Messages
  • Jan 26, 2018
    Dear Alan, Nick and families,
    I was deeply saddened to read of Judie's passing. I was a year ahead of Judie at KSS but we socialized in the same circles and played field hockey together. A gifted and brilliant athlete, her quiet, strong demeanour made her a natural born leader and good friend. Her life accomplishments are no surprise to those that fondly remember her. I am so profoundly sorry for your loss.
    Susu Stewart-Reid
  • Jan 20, 2018
    So sorry to hear about Judy passing Keith.
    Marie Chays
  • Jan 19, 2018
    I had the privilege of working with Judie in her time at NRC. She was always so easy going and friendly. We will dearly miss her sunny personality and scientific input. She accomplished a lot in her short time with us. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
    Julie Haukenfrers
  • Jan 19, 2018
    What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel privileged to have worked with her. I miss her deeply.
    Amalia Ponce (NRC, Ottawa)
  • Jan 18, 2018
    Dean and I are so sad to hear of Judie's passing. We all went to Dr. Knox and KSS together and Judie was my walking partner every morning as we headed to school. I did not know of Judie's life achievements after graduation, but I certainly am not surprised by all that she accomplished.
    Thinking of you Cathy, Tim, Selina, Cole, Sandy and Barry.
    Hugs - Bev (Ficocelli) Majewski
  • Jan 15, 2018
    Judy is a true Kelowna hometown treasure. So sad to hear of this but she is forever young in the hearts of those who knew her...
    Bob Horkoff
  • Jan 14, 2018
    I went to high school with Judie and ramember her as a bright light entering any room. What amazing things she has accomplished . Such a sad day for those left behind when she had so much more to give. Truly ,heaven has gained an angel.
    Sorry to the family for the huge loss .
    Robyn McGill
  • Jan 14, 2018
    I have so many happy memories of Judie. She was my dear friend during our teen years. I remember her sweetness, her fun loving nature and her quiet determination. She will always have a special place in my heart.
    Love to all,
    Pam Moore (Pepperdine)
  • Jan 14, 2018
    So sad to hear of this .. I remember her as being quiet and always having a nice smile...
    Gary Zinger
  • Jan 12, 2018
    Keith & Lynnea: Very sorry to hear about the passing of your sister. May time and all your wonderful memories help ease your pain.
    Glenn & Loretta
  • Jan 11, 2018
    So sorry to hear about Judie. I went to Dr. Knox with her. Always a nice girl.
    LaVerne Kittle
  • Jan 11, 2018
    I will miss Judie. Deepest sympathies.
    Michel Gilbert (NRC)
  • Jan 11, 2018
    I didn't have the chance to meet her, but from seeing her in the hallways of the NRC she always smiled and said hi and I felt like she radiated a peaceful and positive energy. All the best for her family.
    Martin R
  • Jan 10, 2018
    So shocked and saddened by this news about Judie. I went to Dr. Knox high school with Judie and we attended classes together, and played field hockey and basketball together. I could always rely on Judie to pass the ball to and score the goals for our team as she was our team's top scorer! ! She was so fast and very sweet, and clever and I feel lucky to have been able to know her. All the best to her family,
    Sue Davies
  • Jan 10, 2018
    Cathy, Tim, Keith, Nick and the Alimonti family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
  • Jan 10, 2018
    Keith and family, so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Bonnie & I send our condolences and prayers.
    Pat Nelligan
  • Jan 09, 2018
    Keith, I have nothing but fond memories of Judie from the barbecues I attended at your place on Kelglen many years ago. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Ian Cameron
  • Jan 09, 2018
    Very sad to hear of Judie's passing.
    Mark Whittle
  • Jan 09, 2018
    To all the Alimonti families,
    We are so saddened to hear of Judie's passing. Such a talented young lady with many accomplishments. Our sincere condolences.
    As we are in Mexico and not able to attend we will be thinking of you all.
    Phil and Gerti Bachmann and family
  • Jan 09, 2018
    I was a year ahead of Judie in school at KSS. We played field hockey together - she was quiet and subdued, clever and funny, and a firecracker on the field- quick, skillful, unbeatable. I am shocked at her passing and humbled by all she accomplished. Blessed by this quiet, bright light.
  • Jan 09, 2018
    Sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences.
    Roger Kawano
  • Jan 09, 2018
    It was an honour to participate in the Alimonti 100 year celebration with Judie in 2012. Wishes of strength and peace for the family.
    Don, Jane and Rose Rampone
  • Jan 08, 2018
    Keith- so sorry to to hear about your sister's passing.
    She was indeed a very talented lady who achieved a lot in her lifetime.
    I wish I had the opportunity to play grass hockey with her.
    Take care.
    Kathleen Heffernan (McFadden)
  • Jan 08, 2018
    Dear Keith, Lynnea, Nancy and Doug,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Joanne Willmott
  • Jan 08, 2018
    I went to high school with Judie and we both played in the KSS concert and jazz bands. I am not surprised to see she accomplished so much in her far too short life. I remember her as a kind, compassionate multi-talented woman who was quick with a smile and words of encouragement. My thoughts are with your family and friends during this tragic time.
  • Jan 08, 2018
    The last time I saw you was many years ago after I had fallen off my horse and thought I needed some work on what I thought was a muscle spasm in my rib cage. You professionally told me (with a grin) that I didn't have a muscle spasm - I had a broken rib. Clever fingers. Clever Judie. Impish Grin. That's the way I'll always remember you....
    Nancy Eldridge
  • Jan 08, 2018
    This is a beautiful tribute to Judie. Thinking of all of you during this very sad time.
    -Eileen and Ron
  • Jan 08, 2018
    So sorry for your loss.
    Shannon Helm
  • Jan 08, 2018
    Dear Sandra and Barry, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I know you were with her till recently, Sandra. I hope that helps you now. Love, Aunty Val and Uncle Bruce.
  • Jan 08, 2018
    Nick, Bryan and I are so sorry to hear of Judie's passing. Much much too soon, our kind thoughts are with you and your family, we go along way back.
    Hugs, Bryan and Jean Major.
  • Jan 08, 2018
    Forever in our hearts!
    Love ya, Sandra & Barry Straza
  • Jan 08, 2018
    Our families go a long way back.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Domenic and Lina Rampone