MacDonald, Joan Catherine passed away peacefully at Twin Lakes Terrace on Saturday May 8, 2021, exactly one week before her 96th birthday. Her loving husband of 64 years, Michael Alexander MacDonald, predeceased Joan. Loving mother of Mike MacDonald (Elizabeth Holmes) Brian MacDonald. Grandmother of Tyler MacDonald (Kelly), Jeff MacDonald (Margarita), Samantha Castley MacDonald (Anna), Rachel MacDonald (Chris) and Brett MacDonald. Great Grandmother to Elizabeth, Katherine and Luka. Joan, the third of eight sisters, was much loved by a legion of nieces and nephews. Joan was born and raised in Annan Ontario on "The Irish Block", the daughter of Maurice and Loretta Traynor nee Feehan. Joan is survived by her sisters Celestine Manning and Bernadette Catalano. She was predeceased by her sisters Patricia Sheppard, Rosemary St Pierre, Theresa Friedmann, Maura Harris and Gloria Baker.
Joan was a teacher in Sarnia for over 40 years, coached many winning St. Helen's track and field teams and taught art classes. She encountered many past students that told her she was their "favorite teacher". This always brought a smile of satisfaction to her face. She was also active in the Catholic Church and the Catholic Women's League. In their retirement, Joan and Mike visited Long Term Care facilities to support and socialise with residents. Joan is presently enjoying a cold beer with Mike while basking in the light of God's love.
Special thanks to the caregivers at Twin Lakes Terrace who work tirelessly to meet the needs of their residents.
If you would like to commemorate Joan, please donate some time to the care of the elderly. A smile and a friendly word go a long way to make someone's day.
There will be a small private family service at Our Lady of Mercy cemetery at a future date. Arrangements are entrusted to Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King Street East in Forest. Please leave a memory or condolence online at www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com