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Joyce Buchwald passed peacefully on March 10, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 82 years. She was born in Altrincham, England in December 1935; married Herbert (Bertie) in July 1957; and had three sons.
Joyce and Bertie immigrated to Canada in 1964, appreciating the freedom and opportunity that this great country offers. Aside from four years in Ottawa, her Canadian home was Edmonton, where her contributions to Community Schools and Lifelong Learning (ELLA) were extensive.
Joyce loved to travel and proudly supported the Arts. She was passionate about ballet, theatre, classical music, tennis, figure skating and, in her early years, cricket. She was an accomplished seamstress and knitter, and found tranquility in simple chores like ironing and cleaning.
Joyce's love of life was truly an inspiration. Her charitable spirit and easy embrace of friends and strangers alike were qualities that came to her naturally. She lived a full life and had a character worth emulating.
Joyce is survived by her sons, Julian (Jayne), Jonathan (Jennifer) and Jason; four grandchildren, Ian, Michelle, Katrina and Thomas; as well as several cousins and extended family members.
Please join family and friends to honour Joyce's Life and accomplishments on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111 Avenue, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations to an Arts organization of your choice would help continue her legacy.
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Published in Edmonton Journal on Mar. 24, 2018.
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March 14, 2019
I have thought about Joyce for many reasons since her passing and I have truly missed her presence in my life. She was a very unique individual and I was so blessed to have been a part of her life. She shared her love of music, The Arts Programs, penguins, knitting and her dear family. She taught me to never give up and to be strong no matter what life throws at you, to always look for the good in people and to be happy in life. Joyce was an exceptional woman who has left me with many funny and wonderful memories that I will always treasure.
Sue Wuestner
September 23, 2018
We are deeply saddened to read of the passing of Joyce. Although we had not seen her in years, she was often in our thoughts. Memories of the Annual Christmas gathering are foremost in our minds every year as the season approaches. She will be missed.
Hans and Mary Schimanke
April 16, 2018
We are saddened to hear of Joyce's passing. It was through Bert and Joyce that we emigrated from UK over 50 years ago and for many years our families shared busy and happy times together in Edmonton. Our condolences to Julian, Jonathan and Jason and their families. From Keith and Elizabeth Smith.
Keith & Elizabeth Smith
April 7, 2018
Joyce was an amazing woman who loved life and touched a large number of people throughout her lifetime. She was always quick to give you a smile and tell you about her family, friends, travels, ballet, opera, tennis, jobs and hobbies. Joyce taught me to live life to the fullest and to always look for the good in every one and every situation. I will treasure her memory and I feel blessed to have been a part of her life. I send my deepest condolences to her family. Sue W.
March 29, 2018
One of the most beautiful people I've had the pleasure of knowing. Joyce (Mrs. B) always welcomed you with a genuine smile. Remembering all the meals we shared with her and her husband Mr.B. They were like Grandparents to our children, so loving and giving. Joyce always had something interesting to share while she knitted away during a visit. I will remember her zest for life and the beautiful Sagittarian colors she always wore. Thanks for all the wonderful stories and great visits we had. We will miss you.
Joyce Insley
March 26, 2018
With deepest sympathies in the loss of your mom. Joyce served as our Community School Coordinator while I was principal at M.E. LaZerte High School. It was a role that she devoted much energy too and which she enjoyed doing. Her winning smile brought sunshine to all she touched.
Liz Harrison
March 25, 2018
Remembering many good times, good friends for so many years. So sorry for your loss.
Beatrice Harke
March 24, 2018
Joyce was one of the pioneers for Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association, and because of her work, our association is healthy and growing. Her dreams and actions help today's seniors keep learning! My sympathies for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Carol Vaage, former President of ELLA.
Carol Vaage
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