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.