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CORBETT, – Joanella Marie (Joanie) nee McInnis

September 23, 1946 – September 19, 2009

Joanie beloved wife of Stephen of Calgary passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the age of 62 years, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Besides her loving husband Stephen, Joanie is survived by her son Matthew (Kelly) of Scottsdale, AZ.; her mother Phyllis “Girlie” McInnis; brother Robert McInnis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joanie was predeceased by her father Frank McInnis, and her sister Betty Black.

Certified Psychologist, businesswoman, wife, mother, and life partner, Joanie’s vibrant spirit and positive attitude made her a remarkable person. Joanie’s trusted advice helped guide us when we needed it the most. Through her work and her generosity she touched many. To the countless number of people that relied on her judgment and sound advice this will represent a serious loss. To her family and close network of friends she will always be lovingly remembered.

At Joanie’s request, in lieu of flowers if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433. To Dr. Dean Reuther, and his staff of dedicated professionals at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, her family offers its sincere thanks for providing as high a standard of care and service as could ever be expected. Her last year of life was made possible through a combination of their efforts and Joanie’s indomitable spirit.

“She was my North, my South, my East, and West
My working week and my Sunday rest
My moon, my midnight, my talk, my song
I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong”
(W.H. Auden)

A Celebration of Joanie’s life will be held at the Palliser Hotel on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Joanie Corbett, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Don and Jo-Elle Boone :

    Steve and Family

    So sorry for your loss. Although it’s been many years, Jo-Elle and I remember Joannie and her spirit…she was easy to relate to and to appreciate. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Don and Jo-Elle Boone

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  2. To Steve and Matt – I had the opportunity of getting to know Joanie through tennis. A wonderful caring woman whom I’m sure you will miss terribly. Hopefully you will be comforted by memories of her brilliant smile and zest for life. My sincere condolences.

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  3. To Steve and Matt

    I was shocked and extremely saddened to learn of your loss today. Joanie was such a terrific person. I always looked forward to talking with her and sharing good times with her with the tennis ladies. She will be sorely missed by all. Please accept my condolences.

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  4. Have been following Joanie’s illness over the past year and a half. I am so sorry that she was unable to beat this thing. She certainly put up the good fight. Playing tennis and golf with Joanie was always fun because of her positive and fun nature. She will be missed. Jen

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  5. Garth & Lynda Hunter :

    Steve & Matt – so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Joanie from tennis at CWC, the Crohn’s golf tournament, & the fun barbecues at the McVicars. She will be missed.
    Garth & Lynda

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  6. Carol and Garry Lamb :

    Steve and Matt- we extend to you our deepest sympathy on your loss. Joanie was an incredibly accomplished and wise woman who offered those around her so much- not the least of which was a wonderful sense of humour, quick wit and amazing smile. We are sorry not to be in Calgary to help you celebrtate her life on October 23rd, but we will be thinking of you. Please accept our condolences. Carol & Garry

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  7. Matthew Sinclair-Foreman :

    Dear Matt and Steve,

    Very sad to hear about Joanie. It’s been almost twenty years since I saw her last, but she had remained a bright spark in my memory. Few people create such an indelible mark. My thoughts are with you both.

    Matt

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  8. Dear Steve, Matt & Family,

    Joanie was one of most inspiring people I have known by her strength, sense of humour and postive energy as she moved through her life – family, work and fun. Her committment to her friends and family and her caring for people warms my heart as I think of her and it will forever so.

    My best wishes for you all

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  9. Greg&Maureen Ramage :

    Dear Steve, Matthew, Kelly and families:
    We are absolutely shocked and so very sad to read of Joanie’s passing, we had no idea she had been so ill. We can still hear her wonderful laugh and picture her beautiful presence with us in the 80’s at parties and West Hillhurst at hockey games. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We send you our Deepest Sympathy and prayers at this very sad time.
    Your old friends, Greg & Maureen Ramage

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  10. Sherri & Trevor Ramage :

    Steve and Matt,

    We are sorry for your loss. Joanie always had a bright spirit that will never be forgotten.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

    Sherri & Trevor Ramage

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  11. The staff at Janus Associates :

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Joannie’s passing. In this difficult time we remember her energy, dedication, humour, and strength. Her loss is felt not only by her clients whom she mentored and counselled in such a caring way, but also by her colleagues who benefited from her expertise and leadership. Our sympathies go out to you, Steve. May God bless you and keep you and your family at this time and always.

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  12. Joe & Fran McGann :

    Dear Steve,

    We were saddened to hear about Joanie’s illness and your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, your son Matt, and Joanie’s family. Since we left “X’ I have thought about her often. Mim, Don Connolly, and I had so much fun with Joanie as we all worked to put the Xaverian Weekly together. Her compassion, wisdom, wit, and wonderful way with people are characteristics we will always remember.

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  13. Margaret Dunphy :

    Sad to hear about Joanie, I will miss her at the CWC and at the book club meetings. Margaret Dunphy

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  14. Ken and Bev Potter :

    Steve and Matt- We were so sorry to hear of Joanie’s passing and offer our most heart felt condolences. She was a remarkable person and will be sincerely missed. We will remember the dinners, tennis and other good times that we shared and her radiant smile that was always present on those occassions.

    Ken and Bev

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  15. Pat Roger & Kristian Sell :

    Stevie & Matt – No words need to be spoken as you know how sad we are. We have been buddies since Matt and Kristian were very young. I will miss everything about her so much – sweet dreams Jo Jo.

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  16. Miriam and Ted Boyle :

    Dear Steve and Matt
    Ted and I are so shocked and saddened by your loss. Joannie and I kept in touch sporatically over the years, but I treasured her friendship. I have many happy memories of you and Joannie, and her beautiful smile and laughter. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you at this time.
    Mim and Ted

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  17. Leanne Rutherford & Mark McVicar :

    Dear Steve and Matt,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Joanie was a beautiful person – we will miss her positive attitude and kind spirit. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help at this difficult time. We are thinking of you. – Leanne & Mark.

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  18. Jeanine and Earle McVicar :

    Dear Steve, Matt, Kelly, and family,
    Just a note to express our heartfelt condolences regarding Joanie’s passing. She was a very dear friend and a remarkable woman, and her loss leaves big holes in our hearts. We hope your grief can be at least somewhat tempered by the wonderful memories you have of her.
    Jeanine and Earle

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  19. Brad and Pam Stevens :

    Steve, Matt and Kelly:

    We are so very sorry for your loss of Joanie but hope you can take solace in knowing she will live on in your hearts and memories, and the hearts and memories of so many people who knew and loved her.

    Both Pam and I enjoyed Joanie for her feisty personality, sparkling eyes, quick laugh and charming smile. Joanie was a wonderful friend to Pam and I know they shared many laughs on the tennis court, golfing, hiking or jetting off to Vegas for the weekend. I think they also shared many glasses of wine that may have lead to many of the laughs.

    We will be thinking of you all as you go through this very difficult time.

    With our deepest sympathy,

    Brad and Pam Stevens

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  20. June & Jody WIggins :

    I will never forget Joanie’s infectious laugh. I can still hear it when I close my eyes. She was an old soul and the most courageous woman I have ever met. Forever looking after others and giving great advice like “Put you big girl panties on!” In the last few months she talked often of her new grandson and was looking forward to his arrival. Now she is an angel forever watching over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    June and Jody Wiggins

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  21. To Steve and Matt,

    My family and I send you our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your wife and your mom.

    Don, Marcy, Ashley and Kelsey Cooper

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  22. Gail Leavens (nee Kawecki) :

    Steve, Matt and Kelly,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I always remember with fondness how Steve would talk about Joanie and how his face would light up! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Gail Leavens

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  23. Hans and Ellen Blanken :

    Dear Steve and family,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Joanie was such a special person.
    Thank goodness for all the great memories you must have in your hearts.
    Hans and Ellen Blanken

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  24. Paulette Anderson :

    Steve, I just heard the news about Joanie on Sunday and I am saddened. Joanie was helping me with a difficult time in my life just before she left Janus and I will never hear the phrase again “Paulette, it’s time to put your big girl panties on and deal with this” without thinking of Joanie and smiling.

    For you Steve I remember through our years of working together how much she meant to you. One morning you came to work and Joanie had been out of town and returned and you told me “I took Joanie out to dinner last night – she looked good”. I believe for you every time Joanie walked through the door life was just a little bit better than it had been just a moment ago.

    Both you and Joanie have left your footprints in my life. Thank You!

    Paulette

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