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Joan Gawalko

Joan Gawalko (Loucks)

Friday, June 2nd, 1944 - Sunday, May 31st, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Joan Gawalko at the age of 75. Beloved wife and devoted mother, Joan passed away peacefully at her home with her husband Paul and children Jonathan and Kristen at her side.
The only daughter of Norvin and Helen Loucks (both predeceased). Loving sister-in-law to Mary (Ray McPharland) both predeceased, Robert “Sonny”, Bernice (Paul Field predeceased), Theresa (Bob Diver), Michael, Sylvia (Sandy Bass), Morris (Ek), and Peter. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews and missed by many cousins.
Joan may be remembered as a special education teacher, a guidance counsellor, and a physical educator at the secondary School level. She loved to travel, golf, garden, do yoga and rhythmic gymnastics. She always enjoyed watching Peter Sellers saying “That’s not my dog!” and watching Christmas Vacation every year. Her infectious laugh was sure to uplift everyone around her.
Joan was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sudbury Kidney Foundation, Chair of Patient Services, Chair of Organ Donation Committee, Member of the Bursary Committee - Greater Ontario Branch Kidney Foundation.
Special thanks to nurses Dawn, Katie, and Julie from Bayshore, Dr. Walton and the staff at Home Care and the Hospice. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in her honour to the Northern Cancer Foundation or the Maison McCulloch Hospice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home. For donations and messages of condolence,
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Sylvia Bass

Posted at 04:21pm
A super special sister-in-law, colleague & friend. Will be forever missed at family gatherings (there were many) our fishing derby, and bingo. She played a huge role in keeping the Gawalko family traditions going as well as her own family traditions. Family was always #1. Thanks Joan for being a big part of my, our family. Miss you big time!!! love Sylvia

Bryan Connors

Posted at 03:08am
Purple White and Gold!
My thoughts and prayers are with you Mr. Gawalko and your loving family.
Reading the memories before posting assured me that after my Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School days in the 60s, you both continued to lead by example and commitment.
God Bless Mrs. Gawalko and may she Rest In Peace.

Bert Brankley

Posted at 08:45pm
I will always cherish the six years I worked with Joan at Lively District Secondary School. She was a wonderful teacher/guidance counselor and a great friend. I learned a lot from this very wise, perceptive and special lady. My deepest sympathies to Paul and family.
Bert Brankley

Lynne Shilliday-Rock

Posted at 09:54am
Always a most entertaining and charming host, Joan loved a party. A long guest list, an elaborate menu and tons of laughter was her winning recipe.
Forever in our hearts,
Lynne, Kara and Jesse Rock

Lori Lang

Posted at 07:27am
Joan was my Phys-Ed teacher at Lively High in the late 80’s and I remember her very fondly. She was always so nice and laughed a lot. I’m sorry for your loss.

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