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Date of Passing: Mar 06, 2023

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Joan Elaine Cymbalisty (nee Bywater) beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, on March 6, 2023, at the age of 83.
Joan was predeceased by her mother Jennie Bywater (1977) and by her brother Chuck Rene (1990). She will be missed by her three children, Jan Margraf (Ralf), Dave Cymbalisty (Wendy) and Bob Cymbalisty (Linda); her five grandchildren, Jason and Kelsey Margraf (Karl Nickel) of Winnipeg, Pearce (Kristy), Reece and Quinn Cymbalisty and great-grandsons, Oakes and Tripp Cymbalisty all of Calgary.
Joan was an outgoing person who enjoyed volunteering her time and meeting new people. She was especially grateful for being able to meet and spend time with her (twin) great-grandsons earlier this year.
While her failing health limited her abilities in recent years, there were many people and activities that remained near and dear to her heart - largely due to the friendships that she made.
Joan loved her family and holiday dinners spent together. She was also the all-time Trivial Pursuit champ. She enjoyed visiting the casino with her cousins and with her friends at 1630, cheering on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a good card game, reading a good mystery, and having a cold beer on a hot summer day. She also loved and missed her cat Hobbes, her neighbours on Mellish, bowling trips with the girls, volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, and her time spent with the Fibromyalgia Support Group.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude for the compassionate care that Joan received from the River East Home Care team and the staff at Concordia Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Joan's honour.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 11, 2023

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathies to my cousins on the loss of your Mom. May she Rest In Peace. đź’• - Posted by: Liz & Larry Golis (Niece) on: Mar 27, 2023

  • Joan’s was such a wonderful and supportive person. We met through the Fibromyalgia Support Group and she helped make navigating this illness much easier. I will miss her smiling face and incredible sense of humour. Rest well Joan. My sincere condolences to Joan’s friends and family. - Posted by: Stevi Wood (Friend) on: Mar 14, 2023

  • Our sincerest condolences to the Cymbalisty family on Joan's passing. Joan was a long time member of the Fibromyalgia Support Group attending meetings, lunches and seasonal parties. She always had a smile and a great sense of humour. She will truly be missed. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort at this challenging time. - Posted by: Karen Klos (Fibromyalgia Support Group of Winnipeg) (Friend ) on: Mar 13, 2023

  • Wishing all the family comfort and peace at this difficult time - my sincerest condolences. - Posted by: Theresa Lewis (Niece of Joan) on: Mar 13, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to you all. Joan was a little spit fire and she sure loved to laugh!! There was so much love for her family!! She will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Lori St. Onge (Family friend) on: Mar 13, 2023

  • Our deepest condolences to all of Joan’s family on their loss. She loved to share stories and pictures of her family that she was so proud of. She was a very sweet person with a gift for always looking out to the needs of others and she could bring laughter to any conversation. She will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Irene and Allen Nicoll (Cousin) on: Mar 12, 2023

  • Extending my heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Cymbalisty family on Joan's sudden passing. Joan was a long time volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society's residential campaign! I enjoyed our annual coffee dates and opportunities to catch up! A dear soul may she rest in peace. Joan always had a ready smile and a twinkle in her eye! Sorry for your loss! Thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time. Lynda Ruban Canadian Cancer Society (retired) - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (Canadian Cancer Society (retired)) on: Mar 12, 2023

  • Dear Jan and Ralf, My sincerest condolences on the loss of Jan’s beloved Mom. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Fondly, Tannis Mindell - Posted by: Tannis Mindell (Former work colleague to Jan and Ralf) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to the family on the loss of Auntie Joan. May she rest peacefully. Cousin Bev Rich (Kelowna). - Posted by: Bev Rich (Niece of Joan) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Hello I wanted to say your mom was such a sweet person I had the pleasure to babysit and mothers helper back in the good old 60's & 70"s. Years later when I would see her she always had a smile. Take care Helen - Posted by: Helen (Piche) Frovich (freind) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • My condolences on the loss of Joan. - Posted by: Liz (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2023

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