Edith Mackasey

Edith Joan Mackasey (Ortner)

Wednesday, June 15th, 1932 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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MACKASEY, Edith Joan (nee Ortner)
1932 - 2020

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce that our dear Mom and Nana, Joan Mackasey, age 87 of Calgary, AB, has passed on to join her Lord and our father John in heaven on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Joan will be missed and lovingly remembered by her two children, Wendy (Rick) Bunney of Edmonton and Michael (Judy) Mackasey; her dear granddaughter, Manon of Sooke, BC; brother, Clyde (Carol) Ortner; nieces and nephews, Julie (David) Boyes, Gerry Ortner, and Lea Anne (George) Kulai from B.C, and Heather (Scott) Draper as well as numerous nieces and nephews of Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Joan was born to the late Gerald and Edith Ortner of Trail, BC on June 15, 1932 and grew up in Trail. She went to school graduating in 1950 and continued her education at University of Alberta and Business College.

Joan began her working career as a secretary in Kitimat, BC where she met her future husband John, and later married in Trail on September 9, 1956. Together the began their great adventure and lived in various communities across Western Canada with John's work, including Kemano & Kitimat, BC, Cranberry Portage, Thompson & Winnipeg, MB, and finally in Calgary where they settled and eventually retired. Mom made many lifelong friends through these years and treasured each and every one.

After moving to Calgary, Joan met her calling as a para legal which she enjoyed very much. In retirement, Joan kept busy with many activities with her bridge games at the top of the list. Golfing at Pinebrook was another passion and Joan's " Hole in One" concluded with many happy patrons in the clubhouse at the end of the day! Between art classes, traveling, volunteering with Rotarians, and visiting with family & friends (long live the lady’s happy hour!) Mom was always on the go. Joan was named a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary International Foundation and we were all very proud for her accomplishment.

Joan's family would like to extend a thank you to all the doctors and lovely nurses and caregivers on unit 102 at Foothills Hospital for their kind and compassionate care they gave to Mom.

Due the current restrictions on any gatherings, we will announce a Memorial Service for Joan at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, a donation in Joan’s memory to a charity of your choice or to the Rosedale Hospice, 920 - 7A Street NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3J3, would be appreciated.

We will miss you terribly Mom,
Love Wendy, Rick, Michael, Judy and Manon.
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sylvia flynn

Posted at 04:12pm
Joan and I were life long friends, both born in Trail, BC, also educated there. She lived across the street from me and spent many happy hours at the Moore household. Joan's friends were precious to her and she treasured them. What a wonderful trait!!!!
We grew up together and although our paths took us in different directions she remained a constant in my life. I will always consider her special. Rest in peace Joan. We loved you.
Sylvia (Moore) Flynn

Laurie Smythe

Posted at 08:29am
Wendy & you both know, your Mum was my 2nd Mum and paying tribute to her is hard as I don't even know how to begin. I have so may wonderful memories of living with your family and the years after that I cannot possibly share. It all began when Wendy and I appeared, on your Parent's doorstep with our belongings from Winnipeg one September, Your Mum and Dad welcomed me like a long lost relative. I never once felt like an outsider, after all, she insisted I eat "proper cheese" (apparently cheez whiz is less than proper...) I was introduced to golf by watching it with her and your Dad on Saturday/Sunday afternoon's (and now I'm hooked), I was also introduced to a glass of wine before dinner (that didn't fare so well as I "heaved" in the bathroom) and how Joan said "Well dear, maybe you shouldn't drink it like pop". I had to eat "sweet potatoes" and had no idea that you could put fruit into a salad...Yummie...The best introduction, of course, was to "Rogers Chocolates!!". She always treated me as her 2nd daughter. Some of my fondest memories was your Mum playing the piano and drinking wine, with everyone singing Christmas Carols, one Christmas Eve...Whitney and I spending Halloween with her and giving out the treats, and the best was how they opened up their house for my Wedding rehearsal party. It was so much fun!! I loved your Mum and I am so blessed to have had her in my life.....Paddy Smythe

Connie Wignall

Posted at 08:44pm
We bridge ladies loved Joan. Helen and I planned to have a game with Joan as soon as the weather warmed up and then.....Instead Joan we will raise a glass and wish you could join us. You were much loved and you will be missed.

Lee Hunt

Posted at 05:56pm
I was so sorry to read of Joan's passing. She and John lived at Dreamview at the same time as my parents, Edna and George Hunt. All four were friends. After both John and George passed away, the two women became even closer. My Mom would definitely have been part of the "ladies happy hour"! May you have memories of joyful times shared with Joan to comfort you at this difficult time. Joan was a "livewire" full of character! She will be missed.
Lee Hunt

EStie Watson

Posted at 05:36pm
Dear family of Joan. I met Joan last year when she and her friend Liz Gardiner toured our Independent community. Liz moved into Evanston Summit. I asked Liz today how Joan was and she told me of Joan's passing. I was shocked and saddened. I am truly sorry for your loss. Liz would love to come into contact with either Michael or Wendy. Could you please give her a call or give our community a call on 587-538-7511 and ask to speak with Estie Watson or leave your telephone number please? I will make sure Liz gets it. All the best. Estie Watson - Covenant Living - Evanston Summit

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