Aug 27, 1944 - Jul 21, 2022
Friday, July 29, 2022
A Celebration of Life for Joan will be held at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Park, 2 miles west of Rocky Mountain House on Friday, July 29, 2022, at 4:00 PM with Pastor Nicolas Wolmarans presiding.
Please arrive at the Rocky Mountain House Historical Site starting at 3 PM to catch the shuttle from the Main Admin Building to the High Water House.
1944 – 2022
Caring and compassionate Joan Pasieka passed away tragically and unexpectedly on July 21, 2022, after unforeseen complications during heart surgery. She was born Joan Louise Koenig at Galahad, Alberta on August 27, 1944. Joan took her schooling at Galahad, and as a girl she worked as a nurse’s aide at Galahad Hospital. Joan married Dan Eidt in 1961, then lived in Hinton, Alberta where she raised her children: Susan and Tom. Always a dynamo of activity, she endowed in her children the same work ethic and desire to help others. Moving to Rocky Mountain House in the 1970’s Joan worked many years as a teller at the Rocky Credit Union and then as a clerk at the Rocky Mountain House Co-op. Her ready smile and concern for everyone is well remembered there. After separation, Joan met Eugene Pasieka of Rocky Mountain House, and they spent 35 happily married years together, many of them at various points in British Columbia and Alberta while Gene worked for Federated Co-op as a problem solver and “trouble shooter.” During Gene’s last years, summers were spent fishing at Campbell River and winters were spent touring. Their tours included trips to Arizona and Nevada, Montana, Oregon, Washington and California, and Europe. Other trips included Brandson, Missouri and Nashville. Joan has always been a ready and willing volunteer, working long hours overtime for Home-care, the Native Friendship Center, Girl Guides, the Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and the Ray Zengel Legion.
Joan was on the executive committee for National Parks Canada and the Canada “150” Celebration planning the marathon canoe race from Rocky Mountain House to The Pas, Manitoba in 2017. She also was on the race support staff for the entire length of the 1600 kilometer race for the north canoes. An active member of rug-hooking, spinning, and knitting clubs, she also attended regular retreat sessions with Central Alberta Twisted Sisters. Her busy schedule also included time for family and friends, and her daughter Susan with whom she was very close. All were greeted with smiles and laughter. An accomplished wood carver, artist and rug-hooker, her works were displayed many times at Artisan shows and most friends have gifts of her bird houses, rugs, or knitted boots. Her interests also included gardening and antiques and she was on the executive of the Confluence Heritage Society. Born with music and dancing in her blood, Joan travelled to dances with “Eddie’s Sehnasations” while Gene played the drums for Sehns.
Joan was predeceased by her father Edward Koenig and her mother Susanna Gamroth Koenig McDonald, both of Galahad; brothers: George, Edward and James Koenig; sisters in law: Mary Anne, Debbie and Melody Koenig; brother in law Hans Gelsing; a cherished granddaughter, Megan Brun and a loved niece, Cheryl Borduas.
Left to mourn her is daughter Susan, son in law Eldon Brun and their children: Miranda Brun (Ray Fendelet), Erin Hoffarth (Evan), Ryan Brun (Chrissy Begus); her son Tom Eidt (Connie) and their children: Page Bohn (Dwight), Mackenzie, Paityn, Brooker and Madison Eidt. Joan leaves to mourn 9 treasured and loved great-grandchildren, and 2 step-children: Brenda Generoux and Brad Pasiekaher 2 loving brothers: John and Gary (Barbara) Koenig; special sister Elizabeth (Betty) Gelsing; many nieces and nephews: Kyle and Sarah Koeneg, Barry and Kathy Koenig, Sue Ellen and Ray Sheilan, Tracy Koeneg Atkinson, Amber Koenig and Denise Harris.
Mourning Joan also is her devoted partner, Vic Maxwell of Rocky Mountain House; adopted grandsons: Brad (Nenia) and Mark Maxwell; adopted daughter Cindy McGrath (Russell); fifteen adopted grandchildren and adopted and loved great grandchildren; adopted sister and brother in law Bonnie and Sterling Maxwell
A Celebration of Life for Joan will be held at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Park, 2 miles west of Rocky Mountain House on Friday, July 29, 2022, at 4:00 PM with Pastor Nicolas Wolmarans presiding. Honorary Pallbearers are Ryan Brun, Brooker Eidt, Madison Eidt, Ryder McGrath, Brandon Maxwell, Shawn Moffitt, Paul Sherer, Tyrel Maxwell, Lane Maxwell, Herman Kakowsky, Jacob Moffitt, Ray Fendelet and Evan Hoffarth.
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
Dear Vic, Susan and family, so very sorry, Joan made Rocky prettier with all her beautiful creations and lovely yard. Always a smile and easy to talk to. She has gone from here with many projects left to do but I'm sure heaven will be much more colourful now.
Colleen and Charlie True:
So very sad to hear of Joan’s passing, she will be missed by our spinning and rug hooking group. One special and kind person!! Condolences to her family! RIP
Wanda and jacques whitton:
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to a beautiful, giving, good hearted, non selfish lady. It’s hard to find a woman with a heart of gold as that is who Joan was. So sad to see her leave us but memories will always be with us.
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