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