TUCKEY, Emily “Joan” (Kalbfleisch)

Joan passed away December 19, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital in Edmonton. Joan was born September 18, 1938, in Woodstock, Ontario. In 1956 she started classes at Macdonald Institute (University of Guelph) where she met Kenn, her future husband of 62 years.

Joan and Kenn moved west to Edmonton and then to Camp Creek, Alberta (near Barrhead) in 1961 where she soon became very involved in the community. A talented pianist, Joan provided music at the Anglican churches she attended and taught music lessons to dozens of children in the community. Joan worked as a salesperson, as well as office manager, for a Barrhead real estate company. Joan was very mathematically inclined, and she embraced computers as they came along. She was largely self taught but took a few courses to learn specific skills – especially the production and maintenance of web pages. She made good use of the computer in the family business as well as doing volunteer work for several organizations and charities including her Anglican church, The Alberta Beekeepers Association, The Alberta Music Festival Association (web page and editor of the Syllabus), the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, the Edmonton Chapter (editor of newsletter and web page), and the National Organization (web page) of the Canadian Celiac Association. For several years she prepared the news pages to The Meadows Community League for publication in The MILLWOODS NEWS. At most of her meetings, Joan could be observed busily knitting or crocheting.

Joan is survived by her husband Kenn; daughters Kathy (Andy) McDonald and Terry Tarrabain (Steve Jones); and sister Mary Anne (Edward) Sulis as well as 1 granddaughter, 4 grandsons, 2 great-granddaughters, 1 great-grandson and 2 daughters-in-law.

She was predeceased by her parents Emily Mary (Gobert) and Orville Audrey Kalbfleisch as well as her sons, David Kenn in 1986 and Charles Edward in 2018.

St. Joe’s Auxiliary Hospital, Edmonton has been Joan’s home since 2010 when she suffered a cardiac arrest that left her with severe dementia. The family thanks the staff there for the caring attention Joan received over the years.

Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Anglican Church, 334 Knottwood Road N, Edmonton AB T6K 2S7, any of the music or celiac groups or a charity of your choice.

Because of the COVID19 pandemic, funeral services will be private with interment in the Barrhead Public Cemetery.  A celebration of Joan’s life will be held at a safer time.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Mary and Ross

Dear Kenn,
I have many fond memories of sitting close to Joan at our provincial and national festival sessions. It seemed that her knitting needles were always in motion and her ears perked., in case something should go awry. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family.

Bev Larson

Kenn and family.
Growing up in Bloomsbury, I have fond memories of watching your young family grow up and seeing that white station wagon pass through or stop for a visit with my folks (the Burkes).
My sincere condolences to you and your extended family. Thank you for sharing such wonderful memories of Joan in your tribute, which I’ve just discovered. Blessings to your family.
Bev (nee Burke) Larson.

Jo-Anne Wilson

Sincere sympathies for your loss. I have fond memories of Joan through the years at our National Celiac conferences.

Betty Ann Poitras

To the Tuckey Family,

My sincerest condolences to you all. My mom was Joan’s roommate at St. Joe’s for the past 3 years. May you find comfort and peace in your memories of Joan.

God Bless.

Liz Nanninga

Dear Mr. Tuckey.
I am sad to hear of the passing of your wife. God bless you & your family as you mourn her passing…
From one of your grade 7 students..
Elizabeth Tiemstra (Nanninga)

Sonja Rhem

Remembering my twin at Camp Creek where I helped extract the honey from the beehives. She was a wonderful mother & beekeeper. We connected because we had the same birthdate and remained soulmates even when we moved apart. Sending condolences to the family.

Vivian Bell

What a vivacious, funny, clever, accomplished, generous and remarkable woman was Joan. I used to love having a laugh with her after church. I extend sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers for you and your family. I know God will take good care of her.


Kenn and family,
Sincere sympathies on the passing of Joan. While her journey to this day has been difficult for both her and you, your tribute to her published in the Journal was both gentle and one filled with pride as someone who had contributed so much to her community. May these memories and many others unshared, sustain you.

Loy (Fountain) Gross

Mr. Tuckey – my thoughts are with you as you say farewell for a little while to Mrs. Tuckey. To the Tuckey Family: – I have fond and everlasting memories of being a student in your Dad’s Grade 7 Class out at Barrhead (just a “few” years ago)! Your Mom so graciously hosted our class when your Dad invited us all “up” to Camp Creek to see the bees. A true highlight that year! May your own fond memories as well all memories shared bring you comfort and Peace today. Loy (Fountain) Gross

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