Joan Karvinen Obituary, Death – Joan Karvinen holds a special place in my professional journey, as she granted me my inaugural employment opportunity at Barnes Hospital. I vividly remember my initial days, feeling like a novice with a typewriter, unsure of where to begin. However, Joan, my supervisor, played a pivotal role in shaping my career trajectory. She kept me engaged and motivated throughout my learning process, ensuring that I acquired the necessary skills.
Over time, Joan embarked on her own career journey, ascending to the role of Director of Patient Care, while I embarked on a different path, transitioning to IT/Telecommunications. In this new realm, I delved into creating webpages and ebooks for Barnes-Jewish and Washington University. It was a realm far removed from typewriters, yet my foundational experiences under Joan’s guidance empowered me to embrace these technological challenges.
Even as Joan relocated to Bonita Springs, Florida, enjoying her well-deserved retirement with Cliff, she remained an integral part of my thoughts. Our occasional conversations served as a testament to the lasting impact she had on me. Joan Karvinen not only mentored me professionally but also helped shape my character and work ethic. Her unwavering support and guidance during my tenure at Barnes-Jewish Hospital continue to influence my work ethic and dedication to this day. Joan’s legacy lives on in the person I have become, and for that, I am forever grateful.