In Memory Of


Joanne Elaine McNeil

Mar 7, 1944 - Apr 24, 2020


  At this time due to current circumstances, no service will be held until restrictions are lifted.


Joanne Elaine McNeil (Lassesen) beloved wife of Marvin for 46 years, passed away peacefully at home in Sylvan Lake, Friday April 24, 2020. She will be forever missed by her family and friends. She is also survived by her children Ryan (Christina) McNeil and Stacey (Collin) Pacholek; 8 granddaughters Isabel, Bailey, Mackenzie, Savannah McNeil; Jasmine McDonald; Dana, Natalie, Lauren Pacholek; and 1 great grandson Sterling Hattersley. Her sisters Phyllis (Clarence) Ernst and Margaret (Lorimer) Olson; Sister in-laws Sharon (John Hill) Hallett, Lois (Don) Holloway and Bernice Lassesen; Cousin Eleanor (Clarence) Schroder; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Palmer and Irene Lassesen, and brother James Lassesen.

Joanne was born on March 7, 1944 in Medicine Hat, AB when her dad was stationed at CFB Suffield during WWII, and was raised in Buck Lake, Gladstone, Bawlf and Camrose. At the age of 3 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which although physically challenging, did little to alter her determination to live life her way, defying all preconceived notions from experts. She worked at Bethany in Camrose for 8 years before meeting the love of her life and getting married on November 16, 1973. She loved travelling with her husband on the pipelines, finally settling in Redcliff to raise her family. Joanne and Marvin finally retired to the place they always summered, Sylvan Lake, in the fall of 2019.

Joanne loved life, loved family, loved dancing, and all the fruits of indulgence. She adored her herd of sweet peas, who where a constant source of joy and laughter, and she was so proud of each and every one of them. Joanne will always be remembered for her incredible Viking like stubbornness; but even more so for her generous, loving and welcoming spirit. All who met her called her mom, friend, or grandma (nana).

At this time due to current circumstances, no service will be held until restrictions are lifted. In lieu of donations to charity, Joanne would have appreciated flowers


Joanne MacLean Richmond:

Marvin and Family
So sorry to hear of Joanne's passing.
Our thoughts are with you. She will be greatly missed. Hugs to you all.

Carole Thomas (Stratychuk):

I am sorry to hear of your loss Marvin and family.

Kyle Holloway:

Aunt Joanne to me will always be remembered as being such a kind person. She was always so welcoming of me and my family during childhood visits to the cabin, which continued into my adulthood. I will always cherish the time I spent with her and Marvin and their family playing cards and sharing stories. In this difficult time, I reflect on how her and Marvin would always wave goodbye on the porch until we drove off out of site, already looking forward to the next visit. Visits to the cabin will never be the same. My deepest condolences to Marvin and the family.

Dennis and Debbie Steil:

So very saddened to hear of Joanne's passing ..deepest sympathies and prayers to you Marvin and family..

Al and Carol Olson:

Marvin and family,
We were very sorry to read of Joanne's passing.Our sincere condolences to your whole family.

Bev Lassesen:

So sorry to hear of Joanne's passing. She was a very special person and I wish we could have spent more time together. I enjoyed visiting with you guys at the family reunions we had out at Gladstone, she always had a smile on her face and was a joy to converse with. Hugs to all of your family and sending my heart felt condolences. I live in Red Deer and hopefully will be able to get together with you as soon as this virus is over. Please feel free to call me any time you want Marvin.


Worrell/McDonald family:

We are so sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you.

Dave Panabaker:

Marvin and family, I was very sad to read of Joanne's passing in the MH News. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we send our sympathy and deepest condolences.

Hazel Willis:

Marvin and family my sincere sympathy. Joanne always had a smile for everyone she met. Cherish your memories and share them always.

Wilton and Pat Thorsteinson:

Marvin, condolences to you and your family and friends. The obituary describes your beloved Joanne "to a T". Good people like Joanne and you inspire us to love, think, feel, say, do our best always, everywhere, in every way.

Darrell and Ruth Schaffer:

We can only imagine your heartache Marvin. To you and your family we extend our sincere condolences. We'll always remember Joanne for her friendliness and warm smile.

Gladys, Erlene and Deidra Garyk:

On behalf of the Garyk family, we would like to extend our condolences on the loss of Joanne. It isn’t easy losing a loved one at any time, but it’s particularly difficult during COVID-19. Although you aren’t able to be surrounded by friends and family to help you through, know that our family is here thinking about you.

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
--Author unknown

Michele Winger:

Dear Marvin,
I was very saddened and surprised to learn of Joanne’s passing, via the Medicine Hat News obituary. I am very sorry for your loss. I have known you and Joanne for many years and enjoyed each of my visits with her. Perhaps you can find some comfort in knowing that her physical pain has ended. You were a very supportive husband to her. Perhaps you can also find comfort in your memories of the many decades shared with her and how well you provided for her in so many ways.

I apologize for not sending a physical card to you. With my retirement, I do not have access to addresses such as your address in Sylvan Lake.

Best wishes to you in the future. Please pass on my condolences to Ryan, Stacey and their spouses.

Michele Winger

Mavis Martin:

Marvin and Family:
So sorry to hear of your loss. This is never easy for those left behind but maybe knowing that she is free of pain will help make it easier. I never knew Joanne very well but whenever I saw her a the rink- she was always smiling and happy.
Never forget to share your memories with your family. Hopefully they will bring a smile to you or maybe even a little chuckle. Take Care Marvin!!!

Terry Lerner:

Sorry to hear about Joannes passing.
Prayers and thoughts with you at this time.

Adair & Susan McDonald:

Dear Marvin

We want to extend our sincere condolences in the loss of your dear Joanne. It would seem she was a very special and extra ordinary lady. So frustrating with the happenings in our world today that we are unable to get together but you and your family are in our thoughts. May
memories keep Joanne forever close to your heart and even bring a smile as time lessens your pain.

With kindest regards & sincerest sympathy

Marilyn and Andre Lapointe:

Dear Marvin,

So very sorry to hear of your loss, especially during this strange time in our world at present. Joanne was a lovely person and we always looked forward to seeing both of you when out that way.
Sometimes I think that having a disability, no matter how small, makes a person stronger in character and resilience.
I can only imagine how difficult this time must be for you. I am happy that you have family close and soon things will return to normal so you can all be together to remember Joanne.

Love doesn't end in death, it keeps growing. Cherish all your special moments together,


Barry & Sharon Lassesen :

Our prayers are with you all Marvin.
I feel honoured to have spent time with
Joanne at Family Reunions & Birthdays.
Joanne had a very strong spirit which
shone all around her. She new how to
brighten any room she was in that’s the
woman I met & loved.

Shannon Boyler:

Company Picnics, Christmas Parties, Eating haggis on Robbie Burns Day. Every weekend playing Bridge. Joanne and I liked being dummies. The old cabin, campfires,July 1st and fireworks on the beach. Sharing our love of books. Our children's Weddings. Laughing so hard,we had tears running down our cheeks. So many memories! Joanne was a tenacious little pit bull and a very special lady. I will miss her!
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,love leaves a memory no one can steal!

Don Wood:

Sorry about your loss.

Bernadette and Frank Wyzykoski :

Dear Marvin
So sorry to hear of your loss of Joanne.We know your entire family must be crushed and frustrated with the events in our world that make grieving difficult. May her memories keep you going and your family support you.
All our love and virtual hugs

Connie and Bill Wallin :

My condolences I am so sorry for your loss. Joanne was a very special lady. Our prayers and blessings to all her family in this trying time.

Barbara Illerbrun:

My thoughts are with you Marvin and family. I didn't know Joanne that well but she was always kind and welcoming when we visited.
I could sense her independence with her arthritis and admired her determination. You knew she was so much more than the disease that challenged her.

I hope time will heal the grief of her loss. Please find comfort together as much as that can be in these strange times.
In sympathy,

Catherine (Cathy) McNeil and husband Jon Morris:

Sounds like that determination to do things her way lasted right to the end. Sending love to Marvin and family and special prayers to see Joanne off and on her way.

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