WENSINK, Joanna Mary
July 13, 1934 – Calgary, AB
January 8, 2015 – Okotoks Alberta
After a courageous three year battle with ovarian cancer, Joanna (Jo) of DeWinton, AB passed away at the age of 80. Surrounded by loved ones, and in the magnificent care of the Foothills Country Hospice she ended her journey.
Joanna was born to Frank and Hilda Chapman on 25A Street and 17 Avenue S.W. in Calgary. Jo graduated from Central Collegiate Institute, she was an active member of the HMCS Tecumseh Naval Reserves from 1954 to 1959. Jo proudly stood as honour guard at the war memorial Remembrance Day celebration at the Jubilee Auditorium. Jo worked from 1953 to 1959 for the Royalite Oil Company which then became Canadian Fina, as secretary to the head of geology. In 1959, she married William Albert Wensink (Bill). They bought property in the DeWinton area in 1964, then in 1970, built a home and moved there. This is where they created a life of love, happiness and many wonderful friends. She lived a great life full of gardens, pets, and an assortment of animals. Mom loved her home and yard, which was always blossoming with colour.
Joanna is survived by her sister Phyllis Harrison, son Wade Wensink (Sharon); daughter Susan Burles (Ed); son Bruce Wensink (Barb); and five grandchildren, Alison, Daniel, Sarah, Cody, and Chrissy. She was predeceased by her husband and love of her life Bill in 1986; her dad in 1970; her mom in 1989; sister Audrey in 2008; and brother Ted in 2009.
A Celebration of Joanna’s Life will be held at the Okotoks Elks 31 Club (58 Elizabeth Street Okotoks, AB) on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1S1, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, www.countryhospice.org. A special thank you goes out to the amazing staff at Foothills Country Hospice for their loving care and compassion.Print This Obituary & Condolences