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OSBORNE, Joan Annette

February 13, 1937 – November 30, 2016

Joan (nee Wensrich) beloved wife of Clifford Osborne of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the age of 79 years.

Joan was born on February 13, 1937 in Edmonton, AB and was a lifelong resident of Calgary. She met Cliff Osborne and they were married on August 17, 1957, they had three children. Joan was an avid volunteer, and volunteered for many, many years at the Elbow Park Elementary School Library. She was a talented arts and crafts person, particularly pottery, quilting and knitting.

Joan was an enthusiastic traveler; her favourite trips included a cruise on the Mediterranean, visits to Japan, and exploring Costa Rica. She belonged to a number of social circles; old friends from her school days, friends from her years in Michigan, friends from work at the Purple Orchid and Gams, neighbourhood friends, and many, many more important social circles. Besides her loving husband Cliff, she will be deeply missed by her children Dan, Doug and Carolyn, son-in-law Don Catalano and daughter-in-law Keiko Suzuki and her grandchildren Brian, Christy and Emiko.

A celebration of life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Joan Osborne a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Cliff, Dan, Doug, Caroline and family,
    My heart is heavy to learn of Joan’s passing. I have such fond memories and my childhood and growing up next door to your lovely family. A big part of my growing up. I will treasure my recent visits with Joan over lunches at my parents and even phone chats we had over knitting and such. I am sorry that we cant be there with you on Tuesday but we are thinking of you all with much love. Sincerely, Deb (Whittingham) and Dale Schafer

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  2. Joan will be missed whenever I watch a TV program we used to discuss, the weekly phone calls, meeting for walks, comforting each other when needed, relating family happenings, and just being a close friend. My tears are already dried, but my heart will hurt.

    Love you Joan.
    Ann

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  3. Cliff and family… Joan was a good family friend and neighbor of the Elston’s. She will be missed. Our love to all of you during this tough time.
    Love James,Tanya and Hunter Elston

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  4. SO sad to hear this news, Cliff. What a wonderful, interesting, interested, caring lady – very special. I loved being your neighbour all those years ago. My heartfelt sympathy to you, Cliff and the children and grandchildren – I am sure Joanie was a spectacular Grandma.
    Love, Hazel

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  5. Auntie Joan wasn’t related to me officially but she and Uncle Cliff played such a key role in my life that we called them by these names. My connection with her started when I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and she started looking after me when my Mom returned to work.

    Auntie Joan continued to be a part of my life with phone calls, letters and visits. I knew I could always count on her to be there for me. I feel blessed to have had her in my life and have many memories that I will always cherish.

    Love and hugs to Uncle Cliff, family and friends.

    Kathy Romses, Tom Saare and family

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  6. Judy and Murray Sigler

    Cliff and family
    It is with a heavy heart that we received your news.
    Joanie was a special neighbour and friend. At a time when neighbours might only nod hello, Joan would go further keeping in touch with memorable visits over the years. Talented with pottery and quilting, cooking and gardening, I loved the time spent with her!
    Sadly we are unable to join her celebration. Warm wishes at this time with friends and family.

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  7. Bob and Louise Allan send their sincere condolences to Cliff and family.They will not be able to attend the celebration of Joan’s life but will be thinking of everyone and remembering Joan fondly.

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  8. Cliff and family.
    We were sorry to read of Joan’s passing. She was a friendly and lovely lady.
    We always enjoyed talking with her.
    Sincere condolences on your loss.

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  9. Alexandra Hudson

    I am so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Such a vibrant vivacious person it seems impossible that she and her abundant energy are lost. My sympathies to you Cliff and the family. Love Alex

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  10. Doug and Family

    So sorry to hear about your mom. We never met, but you always talked about her when you came to see me.
    Make sure you look to friends and family in your time of sorrow.

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  11. Patricia Osborne [Ling]

    Dear Cliff & family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Joan through Kathy Romses.
    It was many years ago that we met by Pat Romses introduction & Joan & you were most
    welcoming as we were newcomers to Calgary.
    My best to you & the family at this time & my thoughts are with you.

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  12. Gwen and John Hantho

    Cliff and family:
    Joan was a very special friend who brightened our lives with all her talents and laughter.
    We have many happy memories of Joan.

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