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RATHGEBER, Joyce Isla

Joyce Isla (Keller) Rathgeber

February 13, 1933 – October 14, 2015

Joyce Rathgeber passed away at the age of 82, leaving behind a wealth of love and memories. Born and raised in Saskatchewan she married George, the first and only love of her life, in 1951 and in 1952 their family was increased with the birth of their son “Billy”. In 1962 they moved to Calgary where they lived for the rest of their lives enjoying camping trips, card games, square dancing with the Queens and Jacks and family time. She worked for many years at K-Mart as their Advertising Manager. Mom loved country music, “old time” dancing, the Flames and the Stampeders and her annual Fall motorcycle ride through the Foothills with Bill. Clever and accomplished at practically everything, she could create a square dance dress, carpet the house or shingle the roof before putting a great dinner on the table for all comers.

Predeceased by George and her younger brother Bill Keller, Mom’s memory will be cherished by her son Bill (Shelagh), grandsons Jason (Karen), Zak (Laura) and Travis, and the apple of her eye, her great granddaughter Olivia. She was delighted to know that she would have another great grandchild next Spring. She will also be lovingly remembered by her sister Doreen McGregor, brother Ernie (Shirley) Keller, sister Delores (Bob) Lamarsh, sister in law Val Keller, and their families.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff in the Evergreen Unit of Southwood Care Centre for their wonderful care and unfailing kindness.

Family and friends are invited to come and share memories Sunday, October 25, 2015 between 1-4 at Bill and Shelagh’s house, 1012 Mapleglade Drive SE, Calgary.

For now, remember Mom with a smile and the sure knowledge that once again she and Dad are dancing.

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  1. Bill and Shelagh, Zak and Travis,
    I was very saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing – I fondly remember Joyce and George and always smile when I think of them square dancing. Unfortunately, we all know losing a parent is hard and really brings home how quickly time passes. My heart goes out to all of you during this loss, please let me know if there is anything I can do. Doug and I will visit on Oct. 25.
    Ione & Doug

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  2. I will be with you on the 25th. The Obituary is so well done and is Joyce. She was a wonderful sister in law and God Mother to all four of our children who remember her so fondly. She WAS so capable and talented, whip up a dress, top, nighty pattern out of the Calgary Herald and sew it up. She will be remembered with love , stories and smiles.

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  3. Hello Billy. I have been thinking about your Mom so much the last few days so I thought I would check people search and I found this.
    I don’t know if you remember me boarding at your Mom and Dad’s place when you were younger.
    My Deepest Sympathy for your Loss of both parents.
    Lillian Elgert (Harrison) worked with your Mom at K-mart

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