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Born: Jun 14, 1933

Date of Passing: Jul 22, 2019

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June 14, 1933 - July 22, 2019

It's with sadness and love that we remember our mom-gramma-aunt and friend who passed away, peacefully, in her home, as she wished, surrounded by her family.
Mom is missed by many who loved her; her children, Don (Jana), Sandy (Alex), Bob (Maggie), Nancy (Cory) and Bill, grandchildren, Nolan (Emily), Bryce, Danielle, Rob, Tyson, Alan, Leah, Blair, Nick, Max and Hunter, sister-in-law Fern, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Don (Pete) in 2004, her parents, Robert and Dorothy Kergan, her brother Jim, and sister Lorraine.
Mom was born in Calgary and her family moved to Winnipeg, settling in Norwood in 1936.
She graduated from Norwood Collegiate, receiving the Governor General's Award in 1950. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at United College and went on to earn a degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba.
Through high school and university, Mom was active in sports, theater, music, reporting for The Newspaper, and student council including serving as The Lady Stick at both universities.
While attending school, she worked as a soda Jerk at Anderson's Soda Bar and a recreation instructor at Norwood Community Centre.
After graduation she worked for The Children's Aid Society and hitchhiked through Europe for three months with two of her girl friends.
Upon her return, she arrived home to a proposal by Pete. They would be married on October 12, 1957. Together, they raised their children and time would be spent at hockey games, track meets, dance recitals, baseball tournaments and all the volunteering that goes with this.
During this time she was also busy with her own activities curling, golfing, singing in the Charleswood United Church Choir and conducting the junior choir, teaching Sunday School, volunteering with the YWCA, Home and School Council, campaigning, and travelling with family and friends.
She learned at an early age that happiness and peace of mind came from serving others.
She devoted her entire life to caring for her family and anyone else in need. She received volunteer awards for her community service including 50 years with the Charleswood United Church, 43 years as an entertainer at West Park Manor, and 35 years with The Children's Hospital Guild of Manitoba that was most dear to her heart.
Mom loved life and was grateful for her blessings.
She will be remembered for her compassion, positive spirit, generosity, enthusiasm, endless energy and her radiant smile.
Mom was the sunshine of our lives and we will cherish this and be forever grateful for all her unconditional love and support.
The family thanks Mom's family doctor, Dr. McTaggart, for her years of attentive care and guidance, Dr. Moltzen and the team at CancerCare for their compassion, kindness and genuine concern for Mom, and Dr. Smith and the wound clinic team for their devoted, gentle care.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to The Children's Hospital Guild of Manitoba, or CancerCare Manitoba.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will happen at a later date.
Publish Date: Jul 27, 2019

(nee KERGAN)

Joan Lawrie Rettie (nee Kergan) passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2019.
Full obituary to follow.

Publish Date: Jul 24, 2019

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2019, Jul 27, 2019

Condolences & Memories (40 entries)

  • I'm so sorry to hear of Joan's passing, and sorry I missed the celebration of her life. She was a part of my committee when I was discerning a call to ministry, and she was always such a great support and so positive. All of us "younger" folks at the church loved her because of her amazing, funny, and bright personality and also because we knew she really cared about each of us. I'll miss her, and I'm sure CUC won't be the same without her. - Posted by: Kristin Wood Burke (former CUC member) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. We had the privilege of knowing Joan on a personal level as well as her life with the Children's Hospital Guild Gift Shop. Her smile and cheerful demeanor will be how we will remember her. Our love goes out to her family. Kerry and Bill - Posted by: Kerry J Mushumanski (Cousin) on: Aug 23, 2019

  • I was very saddened to hear that Joan has passed. She will be truly missed by everyone whose life she has touched. What a remarkable lady she was, always smiling and cheerful. Generous to a fault in every way. Her presence lit up the room, her smile was contagious. Rest in peace Joan. I know you will continue to smile down on us from above and that alone will warm my heart. - Posted by: Pat Shaw (Choir member at CUC) on: Aug 20, 2019

  • My heartfelt condolences to the whole Rettie family. She will be truly missed. I will remember her as an energetic, caring person. She always had a kind and encouraging word for me when I was a kid. - Posted by: Catherine Roe-Haenel (Friend of the family) on: Aug 17, 2019

  • Joan and Don lived across the street from us on Coventry Road. I had the honour of babysitting their children. Joan was always a kind and compassionate lady. She was always there to wipe my tears and help me with my homework and read music notes. Because of her, I would pass. She will never be forgotten, but greatly missed. Rest in Peace. Angelika. - Posted by: Angelika Zabor (nee Wagner) (A longtime friend ago) on: Aug 17, 2019

  • I met Joan through the Childrens Hospital Book Market when my mum would take us to the 'hole' to price books. She was a special friend to the whole Flintoft clan. I remember she always had a smile on her face and wanted to know how things were going. My condolences to the family, she will be missed. - Posted by: David Flintoft (Friend) on: Aug 14, 2019

  • It difficult to express words of gratitude for what Joan contributed to the life of the residents and staff of the facility. Every Monday afternoon she came through the doors singing, adorned with a one of a kind creation on her head. Through the years she acted the part of clown, big bird, Mrs. Claus, arranged her own Christmas Fashion show with fellow singers, was a fashion show announcer just to name a few. We were never disappointed. She was always full of energy even when she faced her own difficult times. Thank you family for sharing her with us and for being involved in programs at various times as well. My thoughts and prayers. Anna Jacques. - Posted by: Anna Jacques (Long time associate through West Park Manor) on: Aug 11, 2019

  • "Mrs. Rettie", Joan, has been part of our family's life for as long as I can remember. She always had a smile on her face and brought joy to everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Charleswood will not be the same without her. She may be gone, but she will never be forgotten... - Posted by: Karyn Anderson (Family friend) on: Aug 10, 2019

  • Joan always brought a smile to my face. She was a remarkable lady and a friend to all who crossed her path. She will be missed by so many. My sincere sympathy to the family. Darlene Schmidt - Posted by: Darlene Schmidt (Church friend) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • Charleswood United will truly not be the same without Joan's beaming face in the choir loft and her amazing Easter hats! Our condolences to Joan's family, friends, and the rest of the congregation. - Posted by: Monika & Jeff Franz-Lien (Fellow Charleswood United Church members and admirers of Joan) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • A fine example of a life well-lived! Joan had a magnetic personality and brightened every room she entered. Her colour-coordinated outfits and outrageous hats worn on special occasions were a delight for us all. Thought the family obituary said it best "the sunshine of our lives" - she was also the sunshine at Charleswood United! - Posted by: Bruce Berven (Friend from Charleswood United Church) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • A truly wonderful friend mother and grandmother she will be missed ! An Awesome baker I loved her homemade buns !!! - Posted by: Ronald and Carol Finley (Good friends) on: Aug 06, 2019

  • Joan was a special woman - truly one of a kind. Her warmth and laughter could light up a room. We hope that memories of happier times will help, at least a little bit, to ease the sadness of losing Joan. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Doreen, Grant and Lynn Nicol. - Posted by: Nicol family (Friends) on: Aug 05, 2019

  • On behalf of the Bend Family, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our parents were very good friends with Joan and Pete. The close relationship was through sports and the love of them. Joan became a very special friend to our mother which we are truly grateful. She had such a giving heart for family, friends and all the volunteering she so selflessly gave of her time. That is why she herself was loved by so many. Thank you Joan, for making many lives a little bit brighter. - Posted by: Patrick Bend (Friend of Family) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • My sincere sympathy. Losing a mother is devastating at any age. I didn’t know her well but her huge heart and soul was very obvious. Colleen - Posted by: Colleen Gockel (Family friend) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • My mom, Lorna Higgins, curled with Joan so we saw her often. What a wonderful person to all. She will be missed. - Posted by: Linda Perks (Mom's friend) on: Jul 28, 2019

  • To the Rettie family, condolences from the StandardAero Breakfast Group. We will miss seeing you on Saturday mornings. Seeing a dragonfly will remind us you are free like them and flying around checking on us. Go in peace. Kathrine Keselowsky - Posted by: Kathrine Keselowsky (Friend) on: Jul 28, 2019

  • Joan always had an amazing amount of energy, whether it was reading a passage, or promoting the choir at every opportunity she could. She always approached every task she did with positivity and a full commitment to the cause. She was larger than life and a huge spiritual presence at Charleswood United Church. We will all miss you in the choir this fall. Thanks for being there for all of us. Mary-Anna Nayak and Family - Posted by: E Mary-Anna Nayak Nayak (Friend and fellow choir member) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • Our condolences to the Rettie family. We knew Joan & Don in the early days of Dave’s & Don’s work as CAs. Joan was a dinamoe as the mother of a large and athletic family. Always happy and a sincere person. We will miss her. Dave & Connie - Posted by: Dave & Connie Drybrough (Friends of family) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • My deepest sympathy to all the Rettie family on the loss of your wonderful mother and grandmother. I worked with her at the Winnipeg Children's Aid on Alexander, and recall what an amazing and energetic woman she was. If I also recall, your father's aunt, Miss Rettie, was once my teacher at William Whyte School. May Joan's memory be for a blessing! Sadly, Esther (Garfinkel) Weinstein, now of B.C. - Posted by: Esther Weinstein (Former co-worker) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • The Charleswood Hawks have lost their number 1 fan. The family and the community have last a truly remarkable person. You will be missed Joan. You really will be missed. - Posted by: Larry & Pam Ring (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • My heartfelt condolences to Joan’s family. Joan was a wonderful person and always an inspiration to me. - Posted by: Pensy Chan (Children’s Hospital Book Market) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • My condolences to the Rettie family and to Joan's many friends. She had the ability to light up a room with her presence and used her many talents in so many ways to brighten up the lives of others. She is a loss to the whole community - Posted by: Katherine Sullivan (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • I knew Joan from CUC and worked with her daughter Sandy at a retirement home. I, like many people, just thought she'd outlive us all! I will always remember Joan for her vibrant personality, wild blue eye shadow and sense of fashion. The congregation at Charleswood United have some tiny, big shoes to fill, if that's even possible. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, she was a truly incredible human. - Posted by: Sarah Goddard (Church Friend) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • Mrs. Rettie (Joan) was an amazing, wonderful lady. Our sincere condolences to All the Rettie family from the Ben Hashimoto family. - Posted by: Christine Hashimoto (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • To Joan's Family with Sincere Sympathy & Understanding of a passing of A Mom. Your Mom "Graced" Charleswood with her Smile, Humor, Wit, Style & Fashion. Choose a Memory that Brings A Smile to your Hearts and Cherish it Always. Ed & Shirley Thomas - Posted by: Ed & Shirley Thomas (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • There will never be another Joan! - Posted by: Gord Grist (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • Donnie, Sandie, Bobbie, Nancy, Billie, spouses and grandchildren, my condolences for your loss. Joan was such an angel here on earth. Always donating herself to everyone. She was an amazing woman, cheerful, generous, loving, intelligent, fun loving, sincere... there are just too many great adjectives that can describe your Mom and grandmother. The memories I have of her and the "Coventry Gang", the friendships and her selflessness to all. She'll be so missed but will be watching over us all as your Guardian Angel. - Posted by: Connie Hughes (Former neighbor) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • Our condolences to the family and friends of Joan. We will remember her incredible warmth and joy for life. We will remember her tireless contributions to church life. She was one of the nicest people we have ever met at Charleswood United Church. RIP lovely lady. - Posted by: David and Lise Chaze (Church member) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • Another piece of our hearts were broken yesterday to hear of Glamma's passing. She was a beautiful woman, such a pleasure to spend time with & had the MOST infectious, bubbly personality. Charleswood Hawks' games will not be the same without her in the stands - the Ultimate Fan! Always smiling, always a joy to speak with & always admired. How wonderful the world would be with more Joans in it. Truly one of a kind! You'll be missed terribly by your hockey family - we absolutely adored you. Rest In Peace dear, sweet lady. - Posted by: Susan, Riley & Bailey (Hockey Family) on: Jul 25, 2019

  • I have so many fond memories of Joan and the family, I thank you all for that. Joan was an amazing mom, great cook and fun personality. I can't believe she could get by on so little sleep as she made cupcakes for the kids to bring to school at 4 a.m. Joan was indeed one special lady. Our thoughts go out to all of the family. Sincerely, Charlene Randles and Marie Smith - Posted by: Charlene Randles and Marie Smith (Old neighbours) on: Jul 25, 2019

  • Well girl. You were always the life of the party, gave more then you received and had a special smile for everyone that you met. You can finally sleep, sleep in and when you wake your talents will be required on the other side. Greeting new people, making goodies for them to eat and welcoming them with your amazing smile. I hope you find some big bright earrings a few dragonflies and you will be off to the races. Sleep well, you are already missed. See you in the other side. - Posted by: Tannis Wilson (Family Friend) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • Joan was truly one of a kind. She was so full of fun, enthusiasm and kindness. She always had some lovely thing to say about everything and everyone and made you feel special. Our family had the pleasure of being one of her neighbors for almost 40 years. She raised a beautiful family who will miss her greatly. My sincere sympathy, Carolyn McFee - Posted by: Carolyn McFee (Former neighbor ) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • Our condolences go out to the Rettie family. Joan was a loving, kind, thoughtful, considerate woman, a one-in-a-million friend to our mother Else. She was always cheerful with a big smile. Our parents enjoyed many wonderful times with Pete and Joan, over many years. - Posted by: Angie Grenke (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • Joan was a warm and caring individual and her presence will most certainly be missed in our church. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Coralie Bornais (Friend from Charleswood United Church) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • Sincere sympathies to the whole family. Joan will always be remembered as an outgoing, fun-loving personality. CUC won't be the same without her spectacular, fancy hats and colourful outfits on all kinds of occasions. I will miss her Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating at the church. She always had smiles and hugs for everyone. Joan's presence will be missed, but she will always be remembered fondly. Cherish your memories to help bring you comfort at this time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Marnie Manerch (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • Joan was such an inspiration to so many Guild members. She always had a great big smile for everyone. She made me feel like I was a great volunteer, even though I could never do as much as she did! Her legacy will live on in her family, all of whom she loved so much. My condolences to all of you. She will be missed SO much. - Posted by: Meredith McArthur (Children’s Hospital Foundation friend) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • I have many wonderful memories of Mrs. Rettie making us girls feel so welcomed in her home for sleep overs or taking us all over the city for track practice. One of God’s angels on Earth and now in Heaven. Condolences to the entire family. - Posted by: Susan Hayward (Friend of family) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • Joan was an unforgettable personality! What great friends Pete and Joan were to our parents. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Laurie, Doug and Robyn - Posted by: The Lemon children (Friends) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • My condolences go out to the Rettie family. Joan was an amazing women who treated my family and everyone elses like her own. She will always be in our hearts and a loved member of the Charleswood United Church family. She will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace - Posted by: Steve Little (Family Friend ) on: Jul 24, 2019

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