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Born: Apr 09, 1947

Date of Passing: Oct 20, 2021

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April 9, 1947 - October 20, 2021

My wife and best friend for over 44 years passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, after having suffered a severe stroke on October 18, 2021.
Joan was predeceased by her parents, Marg and Cec Southgate, and leaves to mourn her loving husband Duncan; daughter Storm (Howie), grandchild Angel, stepgrand-children, Ronnie (Rachel), Cheryl (Ryan), step-great-grandchildren, Avery and Hailey; Joan's stepchildren: Duncan (Laurie), their child Caileen; Heather (Glenn), their child Denver; Gia and Grant, and adopted special daughter Angela Cosens (Carman) and their children, Angel, Cassandra and Alexis (who grandpa Dunc calls Harry); Joan's sister Doreen and her partner Orest, Doreen's children: Jerry (Joanne) and Tricia (Collin) and their children, Dylan, Owen, Eric, Faith and Aaron; brothers-in-law, Brian (Debbie) and their children, Linda, Donna and Jennifer and Angus (Irene), and many extended family and friends.
Joan was very active in all aspects of life and here is a glimpse of her many interests:
Sports - Hockey the Jets except when HER Penguins were playing, Football the Blue Bombers, Baseball the Goldeyes and Blue Jays plus Curling at all levels. Arts - MTC, WSO, plus any music especially Barbershop but no RAP. Hobbies - reading, crosswords, puzzles, sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and Calligraphy. TV - Sports of course, Hallmark Channel, Murder Mysteries, North of 60 and English Comedy.
Joan was an active member of St. Vital Evangelical Mennonite Church (EMC) where she had many friends like Pastor Jerry and her very close friend Mary Buechert, plus her Bible study group.
Joan was a member of ANAVETS Rockwood Unit #303 who volunteered at the drop of a hat and ran the Sick and Visiting with her dear friend Mary Dewick. She also supported me 100 % at both the Unit and MNWO Command level where again she made many great friends many of whom have sent condolences and said they would miss her.
For the past few years especially after Joan retired from the Winnipeg School Division, where she worked for over 21 years as an EA we travelled a lot. Just to mention a few of our favourite places Branson, New Orleans, Memphis and of course Omaha where we had to go to the Zoo to see the penguins (Joan's favourite bird evidenced by the fact that between the cottage and home she has at least 100 plush, wood, glass, etc.). Besides these vacation trips we went to Fargo and Grand Forks (yep for the shopping) and added to this were trips to Thunder Bay, Penticton, Brandon, Saskatoon, etc... for ANAVETS meetings and, conventions
Joan will be sadly missed by her families immediate, ANAVETS, St. Vital EMC and her neighbours on Queenston Street, Winnipeg and in Belair, MB, plus the untold people she met over the years.
I would like to thank the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service for the quick response and superb treatment provided to Joan and their courtesy to me during this crisis. Further thanks also goes to the Health Sciences Centre Emergency and 7H doctors and staff for the care provided Joan plus their advice, patience and understating with myself and the family
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held spring 2022 and her ashes will be scattered at Joan's favourite place her cottage in Belair, MB.
In lieu of flowers, as per Joan's request, donations may be made in her name to Siloam Mission or a charity of your choice.
We would like to thank Eirik and Brittany of the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre for all their support and help during this trying time.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 30, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Joan stepped up many times to help my mom. She was her best friend during high school, maid of honour and my Godmother. She introduced me to cottage life, encouraged me to sing in the church choir and impressed me with how much she gave to her family and community. She will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Lisa banister beere (Goddaughter ) on: Oct 30, 2021

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