Dyck, Joanne Margaret (nee Hartel)

Dyck (nee Hartel)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, and friend. Joanne Margaret Dyck (nee Hartel) in Alix, Alta. on March 16, 2024 at the age of 64 years.

Joanne is survived by: her loving husband Dale of 46 years, daughter Tammy (Curtis) Elliott, and son Terry (Nikki) Dyck.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Courtney, Colby and Ryan Elliott

Also, her mother Dorothy Hartel and siblings August (Sandi) Hartel, Karen (Greg) Scheffelmaier, Glen (Kerry) Hartel, Colleen (John) Rush and brother-in-law Kelly Hawthorne, sister-in-law Diane (Norman) Koch, Helen (Blaine) Lee, Rita Ward and Bonnie Sharp.

Joanne is predeceased by her father Harvey Hartel, mother and father-in-law Evelyn and David Dyck, sister Valerie Hawthorne, brother-in-laws Bob Sharp, David Ward and Wayne Dyck.

Joanne Margaret Dyck (Dolly or Jo) was born Sept. 12,1959 in North Battleford, Sask. to Harvey and Dorothy Hartel.

She and her siblings attended school in Lashburn, Sask. until 1972 when the family moved to Coronation, Alta. where she graduated in 1977.

After graduating she started her career with Alberta Health Services. She first started in the kitchen then onto housekeeping and laundry, eventually to her role as a Regional Manager for Environmental Services.

Through her 47 years of service, she gained and met a lot of great friends and co-workers. She would often reminisce about all the good times and laughs they all had.

In 1976, Joanne met the love of her life Dale. Dale and Joanne were united in marriage on May 6, 1978. To this union, they welcomed two children Tammy and Terry.

In 1999, they welcomed their first grandchild, Courtney followed by Colby in 2001 and Ryan in 2010. Joanne, aka, Dolly had many great years with the kids. From dance and hockey and a few ball games, she loved watching the kids play and have fun. Dolly also loved her grand-puppies, and they loved her. The licks and kisses were endless.

Joanne and Dale moved to Alix, Alta. in 2005 until present. They took pride in their beautiful home, yard and garden. Their home was always open for a visit and a coffee.

Dolly had many hobbies throughout her time. Crocheting and knitting were some of her earlier projects. Behind her chair was full of wool and knitting needles. Quilting was another hobby she ventured into. Making many quilts for an undeniable comfort. With love in every stitch, we will always cherish.

She loved scrapbooking and baking all our favourite things.

Bingo was always a favourite. She and her friends would load up the car and head out hoping for a big win. Speaking of gambling, Vegas was always a favourite go-to spot. She loved playing the slot machines and going to shows. Rod Stewart was one of the highlights. They travelled all over including a family trip through Yellowstone Park, both Disney Parks, Sedona, Arizona, and Rouleau, Sask. to visit the set of the TV show Corner Gas. Many good times were had travelling about.

Camping was a huge part of their life. They loved travelling with many good friends, playing cards, campfires, fishing and just being together.

Spending time with her family was the ultimate feel-good hobby, whether it was chasing the grandkids around with dad to their games and festivals to just being around the table enjoying the holidays and the perfect meal.

Joanne was a remarkable woman, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, auntie, and friend whose soul left a lasting impact on all who knew her.

If you had ever had the privilege of being with or visiting with Dolly, you would have noticed her witty personality. Her impersonations left everyone in stitches.

Dolly was always able to laugh at herself. She rarely got through a story without laughing so hard she could barely tell it. We always laughed harder at her than the story she was trying to tell.

‘Jo, you were a wonderful caring woman, you’ve taught us a lot and we will never forget it.’

Today I looked into the sky, and it was beautiful. I then realized it’s because you are there. You fly with the angels now but part of you will always be with us.

Rest in peace, dear Dolly. You will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

If Roses Grow in Heaven
If roses grow in Heaven Lord
Please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my mother’s arms
And tell her they’re from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her.
And when she turns to smile
Place a kiss upon her cheek.
And hold her for a little while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day.
But there is an ache within my heart,
That will never go away.

Card of Thanks
The Families of Joanne wish to express their gratitude for the many kind words, gestures, meals, cards, flowers, messages and phone calls and memories shared in the hours since Jo’s passing and would like to thank you for being a part of her life.

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