JoAn Dale

A photo of JoAn Dale

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of JoAn Dale, matriarch of the Dale Family, on Wednesday, May 20th 2020 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

JoAn is predeceased by her father (Oliver) and mother (Muriel Maris).  She is survived by her brothers and sisters Richard Dale (Mary Martha), Alice Dale, Isabelle Gagen (Wayne), Elinor Mifflin (Carl), Marilyn Bright (Paul), Bill Dale (Sharron), Donald Dale and Ronald Dale.

She leaves behind her nieces and nephews Suzanne Dale (Lori Dey), Keith Dale (Stacey), Sarah Cowley (Mike), Kevin Gagen (Vanessa), Jeff Gagen (Nicki), Amy Sills (Marc), Steven Mifflin (Sarah), Heather Vaughan (Fred), Jason Bright (Kristie), Jamie Bright (Andrea), Shelley Duquette, Amy Duquette and Eric Dale.

JoAn was blessed to be able to enjoy her great nieces and great nephews Seth, Hunter and Emma Cowley, Clare Gagen, Bo and Maisie Gagen, Chloe and Mia Sills, Vincent and Nicholas Vaughan, Brayden and Noah Bright, Jessa and Brennon Bright, Mathew and Madison Cowgill.

Survived by her aunt and uncle, Dorothy Maris (late Bill) and Donald Maris as well as several 1st and 2nd cousins.

JoAn leaves behind a legacy of compassion and a deep sense of loyalty to her family.

JoAn was a devout Christian and truly cherished the love and strength she received from her church.   She strongly believed and practiced her Christian responsibility to generously help those in need.

JoAn excelled as a registered nurse graduating from the Chatham Public General Hospital in 1965 and then went on to further her education to obtain her Bachelor of Science from the University of Windsor which led to a position as Director and Chair of the Nursing Program for St Clair College at both the Chatham and Windsor Campus.

JoAn generously gave of her time and talents with several different organizations within Chatham-Kent.  She belonged to St Andrews United Church, South Buxton where she was Clerk of Session and had been a choir member for 50 plus years.  She also volunteered on the boards for the PGH Nurses Alumnae, Chatham-Kent Zonta Club and Zonta International, Dickens Fellowship, Alzheimer Society, Boutique Grand Gift Shop at CKHA, Helping Hands Auxiliary and the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation.

A private family gathering will be held for JoAn with Pastor Eric Skillings officiating.   Interment will be at Pardoville Union Cemetery.   A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Those wishing to honour JoAn’s life with a donation are asked to consider St Andrews United Church South Buxton, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation Oncology Department, the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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Such a sweet and giving person.

Saddened to hear of Joanne’s passing. Sending sincere condolences to the Dale family. Her smile and kindness will be missed. Joanne(Fiala) King ( Graduate Diploma Nursing Program)

JoAn was my classmate at PGH School of Nursing. Being such a thoughtful person, JoAn was the honorary "coordinator" of our class and kept us all in touch about and with each other. She helped organize reunions and get-togethers. JoAn was sincere, genuine and cheerful. I was honoured to be her friend, classmate and share our knowledge of our profession. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

I am very sorry to have just learned of JoAn's passing. JoAn was a lovely lady who I met at the Zonta Cardmaking Extravaganzas. She will be missed.

To Elinor and Carl and the entire Dale family, My heart was deeply saddened upon reading of JoAn's passing. She will be greatly missed by so many of us who always enjoyed a friendly, upbeat conversation upon meeting JoAn, first in a professional capacity and then later frequently meeting JoAn in her numerous volunteer roles throughout our community. This earthly world will be a little less bright without JoAn in it, however, those whom she loved and went before her will rejoice as JoAn joins them along with our Heavenly Father.

Dale Family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences in the loss of JoAn. She will be missed by so many who had the pleasure of knowing her. She attained many wonderful things in her life and we will best remember her for her soft and gentle demeanour, positive outlook and never-ending kindnesses. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and we hope that all your wonderful memories of this well-respected and beautiful woman will help you through the days ahead. Regards, Dennis, Colleen, Meg, Grace

We would like to send out deepest Sympathy to the Dale family, Joanne was a lovely lady who helped so many people 💕. Isabelle, Richard, Marilyn and the Dale family .💔

We would like to send out deepest Sympathy to the Sale family, Joanne was a lovely lady who helped so many people 💕.

To The Dale Family - Our sincere condolences. JoAn will always be remembered by our family as a “true” friend to our sister, Mary Mc Eachran, who passed away Nov 21, 2019. They spent many years together teaching at St Clair College & their friendship was a special bond for them both. JoAnn will certainly be missed by all who knew her. Regards Katie Sifton, Jim Goodreau, Jean Stewart, Ruth LeGrow

My heartfelt sympathy to all of JoAn’s family. I know that she loved you all, because she always talked about her family with fondness. I met JoAn in 1962, when we entered our nursing program at P.G.H., Class of ‘65. She has always been warm, generous and has been the linch pin for our class. She has always kept us together, no matter how far we might have travelled. Besides her generous nature, she was brave and kind and upbeat always. I will miss her so much. In sadness, Carolyn (Whitham) Runstedler.

JoAn was a especially considerate of her family and community. She will be sorrowfully missed. Our condolences and love go out to the Dale Family. Thinking of you all, Robert and Karen Herman

Dale Family, St. Andrews Church is South Buxton has lost another pillar. Joanne always had a smile and you could tell in herquiet mannerisms how much her church community ment to her. I loved running into her at the hospital gift shop. Her taste for ladies fashions was amazing. My sincere sympathy to all

So sorry to hear of JoAn’s passing. A big loss for the family but also to the entire community. She was such a strong advocate for the nursing profession but no less for college and campus deveLopment. On top of all that she always showed an interest in individual people, be they students, teachers, janitors or administrators. A true follower of Christ. Casey Huisman

The Dale sisters have been such a staple at the hospital and a significant part of the CKHA family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Beth Hall

Isabelle, Elinor and the Dale Family I am so sad to hear of JoAn's Death. Her dedication to the Boutique Grand Gift Shop was inspiring. She was always very persuasive in getting me to buy that one extra top or watch every time I was just window shopping. You all were very quick to remind me of the upcoming sales and your Fashion Shows. CKHA has lost a great supporter and her cheerful smile with be missed in the street scape!

To the Gift Shop Ladies and all the Dale family, I am so sorry to hear of JoAn's passing. She was such a nice lady who had a huge heart and always a bright smile. You all all in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Isabelle, Marilyn, Elinor along with the remainder of the Dale family, we are so sad to hear about JoAn. She was a beautiful woman who was always involved and helping everywhere. JoAn will be sadly missed by so many. Your whole family have such wonderful memories which will help you through this extremely difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Tony & Gail

JoAn contributed so much to the chatham-kent community through being a Reg. Nurse. I had JoAn as a teacher in Nursing school. She was a kind and smart person. She will truly be missed. My condolences to her family.

I was very sorry to hear of JoAn's passing. She was one of my instructors in college and I remember her being well-informed and fair. Sincerest condolences. Carol Williams. Class of 81.

My condolences to the extended family of Jo An Dale. I studied under Jo An in one of the programs she ran at St. Clair College and I had a lot of respect for her views and opinion on matters of what I was studying.

The Class of 1966 PGH share our sincere condolences with Jo An's family,friends,& co workers. We were lucky i n 1963 to have Jo An & here classmates as our "Big Sisters " & that started many wonderful relationships for us all. We are very sorry for your loss. Class'66.

To the Gifts Shop Ladies, Kevin and Vanessa, and the entire Dale family, Please accept our sincere condolences with your loss of Joanne. When I was in training at the College I had the pleasure of having Joanne as an instructor and our paths have crossed many times since over the last 40 years, most recently when she was volunteering at the hospital Gift Shop. I used to tease her when she was banished to the front lobby to sell Nevada tickets but she was always so cheerful and I think she secretly liked being out where there were lots of people to interact with- and she knew so many of them. Her shoes will not be easy to fill in the various activites she was involved with and I know she will be missed terribly. Sue and Henry Wiebenga

To Isabelle, Wayne, Marilyn and Paul . We are so sorry to hear of JoAn's passing. We send our condolences to the Dale family.

To the Dale family I am saddened to hear of JoAn’s passing. I remember her as always being a part of the Annual PGH Alumni Banquet. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Bonnie Fenton PGH class of 1968

So very saddened to hear of JoAn’s passing. She will be missed by so many.My sincere condolences to her family. Marilyn Menon Class of 72.

enjoyed the times we were at PGH Alumnae gatherings she always had a welcome smile Margaret Martin class of 1961

To JoAn Dales family, When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. I will treasure those memories of JoAn. She was a wonderful caring person and college manager who I had the upmost respect for. JoAn Dale will be missed. Sincerely Lezlie

Mary Martha Richard and Family, I'm sorry to hear of your sister passing. May she rest in peach

My deepest condolences to JoAn’s family. Her kind and compassionate leadership inspired many of us that work as faculty under her guidance. I am sure the good Lord has a special place prepared for JoAn in heaven. In deepest sympathy, Marisa

To the entire family of Joanne, May we offer our deepest sympathy with Joanne's passing.There are not enough adjectives to describe how wonderful a person and nursing leader that she was.I(Dianne) had the privilege to learn from Joanne many times in my nursing education as an RN along with just enjoying her presence over the years in other social situations.What a privilege.She was an inspiration and will be truly missedThinking of you all .Sincerely, Dianne and Rod and family.

To the Dale Family, We were saddened to learn of JoAn’s passing. She has touched so many people’s lives with her talents, kindness and generosity. We enjoyed working with her at the College as well as at The Boutique Grand. She surely is and will be missed. Thinking of all of you.... Dick and Norma

Thinking of you all, as you hold all of your precious memories of a wonderful, caring sister, in your hearts. May you find comfort in these memories.

So sorry for your loss Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Jim and I would like to extend our condolences to the Dale Family. JoAn was an energetic person sharing her talents at St Clair College and with all of Chatham-Kent. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her.

I had the pleasure of working with JoAn for several years at St. Clair College. She was a wonderful Chairperson, excellent teacher, and a very kind and caring person. She had a wonderful smile and a talent for remembering names of former students. My sincere condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed .

I met JoAn in my twenties as a nursing student at St.Clair College and I can close my eyes and remember her voice, her calming demeanor and the way she spoke. She helped and she cared. Throughout my life in Chatham-Kent; I saw JoAn over and over at various non-profits and later with her involvement with Zonta. This community has lost a pillar and I am so very sorry for the families loss.

To the Dale family: So sorry for your loss. JoAn was very active and a support to many both professionally and personally. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Neal and Marlene Hendrie

So sorry to hear of JoAn's passing. Our paths crossed many times over the years. In all cases JoAn was an caring professional and later an exceptional volunteer. She will be truly missed, sincere sympathy. Mari Cole

Isabelle, Wayne and the Dale Family, My sincere condolences to the family. I have many fond memories of JoAn. She always greeted me with a big smile. She was a very nice person.

Very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with the Family

Very sorry to hear of JoAn's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you..

Heartbreaking. Such a tremendous loss. JoAn put her heart into everything she did. She is missed.

Isabelle, Marilyn & family our sincere condolences with the loss of you sister and sister in law

To JoAn's Family ......... ( Sarah abd Mike Cowley ) Sending you our deepest condolences with passing of your Aunt. May she peacefully rest . Sincerely Charlie and Barb Cowell.

Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the whole family on JoAn's passing. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Saddened to hear of my wonderful friend JoAn's passing. Our condolences to all her family who always made me feel I was part of their family from when we met in our training days class of 1965 PGH. We enjoyed having JoAn her Mom and nephew Steven come and stay with us in Golden BC. Value the visits we have had recently on the phone. She loved all of her family and spoke highly of you all, as did her mother. I know JoAn will be greatly missed by her church, family, friends and the many organisations she was a vital part of. JoAn lived her faith in all that she did and said. Love and Blessings, Barbara (Brown) and Ed Blysak

Our condolences to Marilyn and family from Joyce and Janet and Derrick Lammers.

To JoAn’s Family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. JoAn was my manager at the Chatham Campus of St Clair College and a friend who I respected very much. I learned so much from this lady and I know she will be missed. May the Lord and all your memories get you through this most difficult time.

Elinor and family my sincere condolences on the loss of your sister JoAn. It does hurt a lot to say goodbye but you were faithful and helpful to your sister and I’m sure she was thankful for you. JoAn lived a life to the fullest and now because of her faith she has run and finished the race well. May your memories and pictures help fill the hole in your heart that is pretty ragged right now. With time and God’s help the edges will smooth and you will be able to reminisce with a smile. Sincerely Ruth Moerman

Isabelle, Marilyn and families, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time

To the Dale family. I, Linda, am sad to have to say goodbye to a friend, formerly a fellow Zontian and my nursing administrator. JoAn was truly a friend to all. So many good memories come to mind. Always enjoyed visiting with her whether planned or impromptu. To your family we send our heart felt sympathy. Elwin and Linda Vince.

Elinor, Isabelle, and families, I am sorry to learn about your family’s loss. I know what an important part of your life, and the community, JoAn was. When my Mom went back to St. Clair College (as an adult) to become a Nurse, JoAn was a source of support and guidance, and I know my Mom has a tremendous amount of respect for her. My own interactions with JoAn were related to times I was volunteering for initiatives of the CKHA; she was a hard worker and someone who led by example. JoAn’s heart was always in the right place when it came to supporting the needs of the community and she will be greatly missed, I am sure. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

So sorry to hear about Jo-An’s passing, I am going to miss seeing her at the hospital. We would always have a little chat about our families. She was a very lovely lady and had a lot of friends. She will missed by everyone who knew her. Take care and God Bless. Darlene Featherstone

Isabelle, Elinor, Marilyn and Families: Sending you my sincerest condolences. I am sure there will be a special place for Jo Ann in heaven.

JoAn was a very kind soul. She will be missed.

Eternal rest grant unto JoAn, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

My condolences to the entire Dale family on the passing of JoAn. She was a dedicated member of many community organizations and will be missed.

To all of JoAn's family, I was deeply saddened to learn of her death and extend my most sincere sympathy to you all.

Elinor and family so sorry to hear of the passing of JoAnn!

Very Sorry for your loss !

It was a pleasure to know and work with JoAn at St. Clair College for many years. My sympathy to all family, colleagues, and friends for her passing.

JoAn was a loved and respected colleague in the nursing program of StClair College. She continued to work with retirees at both Windsor and Chatham. She was a caring and selfless person who will be missed by all who knew her. Sincere condolences to her family.

My fondest memories of this wonderful lady were as a student in the Nursing program, then as as practicing RN . She was every where. Teaching , directing , volunteering , she truly inspiring. It was an honor to know her. Warm thoughts to her family . Take care .

We send our Sincere Condolences to All the Dale Family at this most difficult time. JoAn was a fine lady and will be missed by many... Our thoughts and prayers are with you.............

Have been thinking of JoAnn daily & wishing to have a visit but did not want to visit with the Covaid 19 restrictions. Loved working with Joanne in the gift shop. She was a great nurse & loved by all of her students. She is certainly going to be missed. My condolences to the Dale family. Holt tight to your fond memories of her, we have lost a good one. Love & miss you Judy

JoAn fought a hard battle the last few years. Our sympathy to the family. God bless Joyce and Bill Guerin

so very sorry to hear this. I have known JoAn since i was a nursing student and she was a teacher. she definately made an impression on all her students. i know she was very active with volunteer work and her friendly smile and helping hands will be missed.

Isabelle, Bill, Marilyn and Paul and all your family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of JoAn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Linda & Dave Goff

I had the pleasure of working / teaching with JoAn when I first graduated from University and taught at St. Clair. Although we never talked matters if faith, by the way she carried herself there was no question. Sorry for your loss, but richer for knowing her.

Isabelle and Bill and all of the Dale family. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of JoAn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. John and Loretta Hendrie

I was so very sorry to learn of JoAn's passing. I enjoyed working with her at the College for many years and was inspired by her selflessness and dedication. I know how much she treasured her family and felt fulfilled by her many community associations. She worked tirelessly for the things she believed in and her leadership contributions spread far beyond our own community. Her loss will be felt in many ways and by many people. I hope we can come together sometime in the future to celebrate her life of service and giving. Sincere condolences to her family.

Our deepest condolences to JoAns family, friends and colleagues. I was blessed to have known her through extended family and also as a part of my Nursing education. She will now be free of pain and Im sure watching over every one of you.

My deepest sympathy to the Dale family . Sally(Buxton) Caron

Our most heartfelt sympathy to all of JoAns family and friends,,,One Great Lady,,,,we have been friends since September 1962 country girls on the doorsteps of PGH nurses residence,best three years of our lives.JoAn will be truly missed by everyone, a true friend,,,Nancy and Don Jackson

Condolences to the family of my former Nursing classmate Class '65 PGH. JoAn was a shining star from day one and excelled to a strong leadership position in her Nursing field and will leave a legacy for those to follow. She was kind, caring, loving, smart, articulate, and loved her family and her roots. JoAn you will be missed and have left a big challenge for others to pick up your projects and passion for Nursing. Barbara Smyth Carroll, Kelowna BC.