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THORESON, Joan Kathleen

May 28, 1927 – March 26, 2013

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Thoreson, beloved wife of Roy Thoreson, at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the age of 85 years. Joan passed away peacefully with her sons by her side.

Joan was born in Moose Jaw, SK, but spent most of her life in Calgary. Here she enjoyed a long career at Safeway in Market Mall and Westbrook and then at Wal-Mart for the last 18 years. She especially enjoyed her Wal-Mart family and they meant a great deal to her. She was lucky to have seen her children succeed and become adults, her grandchildren educated and holding responsible positions in society, as well as all five of her great-grandchildren. She had so much to be thankful for. Her family loved her and will miss her dearly.

Joan is survived by her husband of 56 years, Roy Thoreson; sons, Gordon (Barbara) McArthur, Mitch (Pat) Thoreson and Mike Thoreson; grandchildren, Paige McArthur Fernandes (John), Michelle McArthur Green (Ted), Samantha and Brett Thoreson; great-grandchildren, Jordann and Brooklynn Fernandes, William, Grayson, and Emma Green.

Joan was predeceased by her parents, Kathleen and Henry Chipperfield; sister, Mid Chipperfield Harris; brother, Jim Chipperfield and his wife Evelyn.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

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  1. Robert Scott :

    Dear Mitch and Pat;

    We recently read the news of Joan’s passing. Please accept our sympathies. Our thoughts are with you.

    Betty and Robert Scott.

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  2. We miss you Joan and the people who ask for you we, tell them you only missed your job. Heaven will have one more inhabitant. Our minds will be for you. Gustavo and Dora. Walmart Royal Oak.


    Joan Katleen Thoreson and her family.

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  3. Grant Dunlop :

    We knew Roy and Joan many..many years ago in Moose Jaw and often thought of them. We were very sorry to read of Joan passing. Our condolence to all their family.
    Grant and Anita Dunlop

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  4. Linda & Lorne Bjarnason :

    We had the pleasure of meeting Joan through our son, Brad who also worked at Walmart. Discovered we had Moose Jaw connections through our parents and also Linda’s father, Colin King (CPR) worked with Roy many years ago. Joan was a lovely lady on earth, and now a shining star in heaven. Our deepest condolences to the family.

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  5. Gord, please accept my condolences on the passing of your mom. I remember your mom when you lived on Ross Street. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
    Gene & Rolene (Hill) Ward

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  6. Harry Freedman :

    Hi Roy,
    Just heard about the passing of our beloved Joan, I am so sorry.
    I heard it yesterday when I was at the “Celebration of Life” for my sister-in-law Diane, my brother Laurie’s wife, who I beleive you knew. I was in Calgary for a few days, and was so upset about Joan.
    How are you doing, are you still whistling, are you still sawing? I am still doing my usual entertaining and clock repairing.
    Lots of fondest love from,
    Harry and Jill.

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