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JOAN ARLENE JOYAL (published on September 13, 2008)

JOAN ARLENE JOYAL (nee BJORNSON) Peacefully on September 11, 2008 Joan passed away with her children by her side. Joan is survived by her son Rick (Colleen) and her daughter Suzi (Dan). She also leaves behind her grandson Evan and her granddaughters Bridget and Caroline, and special buddy Trevor. She will be missed by her dear sister Margaret, her in-laws Therese Lagimodiere, Louise (Ben) Marykuca, Claire (Al) Sarna, Lucien (Joan) Joyal and Eddie (Eileen) Joyal. Joan also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Joan was predeceased by her husband Dennis, her parents John and Hanna Bjornson, her parents-in-law Tony and Emileinne Joyal, her sister Anna Hooke, her brothers-in-law Jim Hooke, Bob Walsh and Victor Wishnowski, and her infant granddaughter Jasmine. Joan was born November 15, 1938 in Riverton. After completing high school Joan went on to earn her teaching permit and taught school. She then moved to Winnipeg and worked at the Bank of Commerce. In 1962 she married Dennis Joyal. They opened a ceramics shop in Winnipeg and later moved the business to their home in St. Andrews. In 1988 they sold their home and moved to Selkirk. Joan spent her years up to retirement working in various jobs in Selkirk, including Interlake Crafts and SAAN. She also volunteered at House of Economy and the Selkirk Art Centre. Joan was a devoted wife and mother. She cherished spending time with Dennis and their children and grandchildren, family and friends. Their home and cottage were always open and the coffee pot was always on. We can take comfort in knowing that Joan and Dennis are together again. Joan was an avid crafter. Whether it was ceramics, painting, sewing, rug-making, or knitting, Joan's creativity was endless. The quilts that she made for all of her grandchildren and great-nieces and nephews will be treasured forever by all who received them. We would like to extend a special thank you to Gloria who was always there to check up on Grandma and make her eat something, and to Liz for all of her help and kindness over the last few months. The family would like to thank Dr. Lindenschmidt, Bev and the staff of the Selkirk General Hospital. Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Navaratnam and the staff of CancerCare Manitoba. Also the Chemo staff at Selkirk General. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Monday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Home, 309 Eveline St., Selkirk, MB with Pastor Stan Richards officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements

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