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van Gelder, Joyce

Joyce van Gelder, beloved wife of Leo van Gelder of Calgary and only daughter of Marguerite and Peter MacInnes, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2006 after a long illness.

Joyce has been a dancer, a dance teacher and a choreographer for most of her life. Starting to study ballet in her early years, all forms of dance quickly became a passion that guided her life and inspired all who came in contact with her. In Montreal where she was born, Joyce taught ballet, tap and acrobatic dance to all ages. Organizing and choreographing dance recitals and stage shows was, to her, a natural part of teaching. When she gave up teaching about sixteen years ago, she continued choreographing Broadway-type shows in Montreal. She continued this passion when she came to Calgary about ten years ago, to form the Silver Stars Revue. Joyce, as the Artistic Director of the Silver Stars, has been the primary driving force behind their continued growth and increasing excellence.

Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Humane Society (S.P.C.A.), 4455 – 110 Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB T2C 2T7 Telephone: (403) 205-4455.

In living memory of Joyce van Gelder, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Julie and John Clayton :

    Joyce taught our little girls Deejay and Meggie when we moved to Saint Bruno. We became friends with Joyce and Leo and lost touch when John was posted to Toronto. Joyce and Leo we considered as close friends and I am devasted to learn as of November 13, 2011 that she has passed away. We remember her with such a passion for dancing that was passed on to our youngest daughter Deejay who studied dancing until she was in her teens. Thank you both for being a part of our life while we were in St Bruno. I will always remember that both of you liked our girls because they were so well behaved.

    Julie and John

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  2. I am Joyce’s Australian Friend from 60″s in Montreal. Unfortunately, we lost touch some time after she married Leo. I was just going through some old letters and found one from Joyce, which gave me the idea to Google her name. I was hoping to make contact and am saddened to hear of her passing. We had many adventures and many laughs when as friends in Montreal.
    Condolences to Leo.

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