It is with mixed emotions that we announce the passing of Joan Schofield of Devon, Alberta on
March 29, 2018 at the Devon General Hospital; beloved mother, grandmother and great
grandmother (GG). We rejoice for her knowing that she is free from the pain and limitations of
this mortality, but we are sad at the thought of going on without her.
Joan was born in the summer of 1940 to Eugen and Thelma Syvertsen in a little cabin in Buck
Lake, Alberta. Her father owned a sawmill and moved his family from place to place where
timber was available. The family settled in Quesnel, BC when Joan was a teenager and her
parents became friends with Les and Louise Schofield. Les and Louise happened to have a
good looking son named Ray who could dance really well. Joan caught his eye and soon they
found themselves in love and making wedding plans. They were married August 9, 1958.
Joan and Ray traveled around following work that Ray could get until they eventually settled on
their homestead by Spirit River, Alberta in the Blueberry Mountain community in 1966.
They raised their three children there and Joan involved herself in the community while her husband spent the winters working up north in the oil patch. Joan was very artistic and a gifted teacher of the talents she possessed. Joan was an accomplished seamstress and made several
wedding gowns, grad dresses, and men’s suits. She taught several young woman to sew and
was part of the 4-H sewing club in the community. She loved flowers and created beautiful
flower arrangements. Joan started painting when her children began leaving the nest and held
art showings where she sold her oil paintings. As an empty nester she found work as a camp
cook to supplement her and Ray’s income. She was a very good cook and the guys she
cooked for respected her and appreciated her desire to cook what they liked.
Joan was predeceased by her husband Ray of 45 years, her stillborn son Danny, her parents,
older sister Grace Kitchen, brother Gary Syvertsen and younger sister Doris Katona. She
leaves to mourn her daughter Debbie (Lawrence), Daughter Colleen, and son David (Louise),
her ten grandchildren, Twenty four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. As
well as her brothers and sisters Don Syvertsen, Elsie Kenney, Jim Syvertsen, and Joy
Funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Devon, AB on
Tuesday April 3, 2018 at 11:00 and a service and internment at Blueberry Mountain, AB on
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the
Devon Hospital Foundation.
A heart felt thank you to the staff at the Devon Hospital who went
out of their way to assure mom’s comfort and gave her family the support to make it through
the difficult days.
Serenity Funeral Service, Leduc in care of arrangments