Joanne Piper



Joanne Piper

My journey began May 1980 when Basil Gee of Gee & Hickton Lower Hutt employed me for a couple of hours after school on a Thursday. Vacuuming the chapel, cleaning the public toilets and emptying/cleaning ashtrays was not an uncommon practice. My curious mind and admiration of those whom worked behind the doors that stated ‘NO ENTRY’ lead me further into the unknown. Peter Strong accompanied me and led the way into the world of Embalming. Studied CIT Trentham Class of 85-86. Lived and worked in Auckland as an Embalmer late 80’s. First female embalmer Vic Aust. early 1990’s and free lance embalmer. Travelled the world, past member of BIE & AIE. 33 years later I am still passionate about embalming. Member of Blake Disaster Response Team, also an active NZEA member.


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