In Memory Of


Joanna Marie Dittrich

Apr 9, 1946 - Jul 14, 2021


  Joanna was cremated and interned in a private family ceremony.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joanna’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (, or Foothills Cancer Clinic ( ) and are appreciated.


Dittrich, Joanna Marie
Joanna Marie Dittrich (nee Nichols), aged 75, passed away Wednesday July 14, 2021 at home, lovingly surrounded by family and pets.
Joanna is survived by her husband, Craig Dittrich, daughters Autumn Griffith and Naomi Burgess, sons Josh Dittrich and Rob Stringer, and adopted father, Kris Karlsson. She was also a loving and proud grandmother to Jackson Dittrich, Madison Pongracz, and Emma and Matthew Stringer.
Joanna used her talents and strengths in a wide variety of ways, often in service to others. During her lifetime, she became a nurse, studied drafting, developed programs at Keyano College, and pursued her B. Ed. Joanna made friends everywhere she went—greeting everyone with her warm smile and caring heart—always giving of herself—her time, talents, and attention. It was not uncommon for Joanna to regularly check in with friends and extended family or set an extra place at the table or deliver a meal for others in need.
Her creativity shone through in many ways. Joanna was an accomplished cook—rarely using recipes, she delighted in preparing food for family and friends. Whether a simple meal, birthday cake, or even wedding cakes, every dish was made with love, and remembered fondly by others even decades later. She designed and made numerous costumes for school plays and was an accomplished artist. All these gifts she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She even helped design and build three of the homes in which she lived.

Joanna was cremated and interned in a private family ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joanna’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (, or Foothills Cancer Clinic ( ) and are appreciated.

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626


Maria Morin:

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Scott and Susan Munn:

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You lost a very beautiful lady who had a very giving heart and caring soul. I have fond memories of her delicious meals and baked goods. I still remember when I was at home studying when I heard a noise outside and found both Craig and Joanna outside my house working on my unfinished brick wall. Although that was extremely generous of both of them, I was shocked to see Joanna who was battling cancer helping me out. It was a true testimony to her giving spirit.

Mitzi Brydges :

Autumn and Family. I send my condolences. To this day I can remember being a child and seeing her beautiful smile. I remember her helping us at school. I remember going to the lake and so much more. She always made me happy. She was truly a beautiful person. I have fond memories of her that I will never forget. You are all in my thoughts during this time.

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