Although the family of Joyce Gertrude Teeuwen is saddened to announce her passing on January 21st, 2023, in her 86th year, her prayers have now been answered. She is now free from illness and pain and finally reunited with her beloved husband Paul and, most recently, son Leonard. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her daughter Phyllis Connelly (Jamie), sister Marg Falsetto (George), brother Bruce Coleman (Bertha), many grandchildren (Ellen, Jason, Megan, Simon & Jeremy), nieces and nephews both in Canada and Holland. She was predeceased by her parents and two brothers Bob and Don. Joyce was born on June 20th 1936 in Kitchener, Ontario. She initially pursued a career in nursing at the University of Toronto, but after marrying the love of her life, Paul, spent most of her life caring for her family. When Paul passed suddenly at age 47, her caring took the form of stockpiling mass quantities of instant mashed potatoes in case money ran out. Through those challenging times, her faith was what sustained her. Despite this early loss, Joyce had a full life. She was able to visit many parts of the world with friends and family. Alaska was her favourite trip. Other memorable ones included getting held at gunpoint on her Israel bus tour and being medically airlifted out of Iceland to Canada. Joyce was incredibly strong, selfless, and loyal. She showered her loved ones with all forms of affection, never expecting or wanting anything in return. Later in life when her body slowed but her mind stayed quick, her love came in the form of constant prayer, phone calls, and snacks that she pocketed and slipped us from her various retirement and LTC residences. Thank you specifically to the staff at Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence in Stratford, and Wentworth Lodge in Dundas for their excellent and compassionate care. A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held on Saturday, January 28/23. Friends will be received at 10:00am with the service at 11:00am at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas Ontario. Internment to follow at The New Dundee Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada by calling 1-800-293-3717. (Please specify Memorial Donation for Joyce)
“…the time for my departure has come.
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:6-7
We are deeply saddened to receive news of Joyce’s passing. Heartfelt condolences to Phyllis and all the family and friends Joyce touched. Courageously, she carried the burdens of her illness without complaint, may she rest in peace. A wonderful, strong, and wise soul, Joyce will be missed.
Joyce was a gentle, kind lady who was a wonderful friend to our mom (and us) while living at a Stratford retirement home. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in the difficulty of saying goodby to a loved one but bittersweet as she is received into the loving arms of her Saviour, Jesus.
A life well lived. Thank you to Joyce for all the joy and sunshine she brought into the daily life of our own dear mother. Undoubtedly she will be missed by many and cherished by all who knew her. Our sincerest condolences go out to the Teeuwen family.
What a beautiful tribute to your Mom Phyllis🤗 she’s certainly fought the good fight and although her body has left this world her spirit and love will live on for so many that knew her! Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family, and please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime! A beautiful orchid opened the morning I got your message! Be blessed and surrounded by God’s love and grace💞💓
Carmen, Lee, Stefan and Brandon
I will always remember Joyce as the Matriarch of Primrose. A strong, direct and loving woman that I admired and respected from a very young age. Her devotion to family was unparalleled. I will always be grateful for the positive influence Joyce had on my life.
The entire Steele family extends their sincere condolences.
My condolences to you and your family, Phyllis. A lovely tribute to your mom, who was obviously well loved. Thinking of you during your time of sorrow.
Deep condolences to the family.
Joyce was a lovely person and may she now be free of pain.
Rest in peace.
What a beautiful tribute to your dear Mom and to the power of a life of devotion to God and family and to the wonderful care He bestows on those who trust in Him ! I really enjoyed spending an afternoon with your Mom in the fall and learning about the early days !
May you be comforted and have God’s peace , in your cherished memories