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