Barthel Funeral Home

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Joyce Matilda Henshaw

January 18, 1941May 16, 2020

Joyce Matilda Henshaw passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the age of 79.

Joyce was a loving, thoughtful, and caring woman who acted as a mother to all. She loved quilting, needle-point, and making crafts, but her passion was volunteering. She was a member of the Kitchener-Cambridge Deaf Senior Citizens Club and worked in several group homes caring for those with special needs. Together with her husband, Joyce travelled the world, having a wonderful time whether they were exploring Europe, relaxing on a beach in the Bahamas, or taking a cruise. She truly had a wonderful life. Joyce will be deeply missed by her husband Gordon Henshaw, who was her partner for 62 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Doug (Dawn), Stephen (Steve), and James (Leslie), grandchildren Chad, Joshua, Bryce, Matthew, Taylor, and Dillon, four great-grandchildren, her brother Thomas, and her sisters-in-law Sharon Sudac and Gloria Chrysler Henshaw. As per her wishes, cremation has taken place, and a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date when we may gather once again. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to The Bob Rumball Camp for the Deaf, the Canadian Cancer Society, or Grace Bible Church. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” -- John: 3:16


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Andrea McCarthy

May 22, 2020

Saddened to hear the loss of your mom Doug , Jim and Steven . Gordon your wife was a lovely person , always was very kind and quick to offer a hug to anyone in need. I always admired her selfless nature and her contagious smile will not be forgotten. I am lucky to have known her for the time I did . She will be missed by many . My prayers are with all of you .

Debby Miller

May 21, 2020

My heart is saddened with our loss of dear Joyce. She was such a sweet woman with a huge heart. She brighten the room when she entered with her smile, caring and great sense of humour. I first met Joyce at BRCD when I was sending my daughter Michelle to Deaf camp with her brother Ryan. I was terrified to send my babies far away we were never apart before. Joyce seen the fear in my eyes and comforted me with that lovely smile. She promised that she would take care of them and Michelle & Ryan would have lots of fun. Michelle would experience a fully Deaf world full of love, fun activities surrounded by friends. Gordon assured me Ry will have a blast and they will take care of both of them like they were their own children. They would be safe don't worry. They led the kids onto the bus and Michelle lit up seeing all her friends on the bus she was so happy. Joyce looked back at me and smiled. I knew they were safe with Joyce & Gordon and felt happy at peace trusting them with my babies. It has been many years since then and more recently had the pleasure of seeing her and Gord at Kitchener/Cambridge Deaf Senior Cards. She was so kind to everyone helping them feel special, loved and cared for, she truly warmed my heart. Joyce & Gordon both had a great sense of humour and kept us all smiling. Joyce is at peace with God now and will be missed by everyone . Gordon and his family are in our prayers. God Bless

Wila Rumball

May 20, 2020

It is with sadness when we heard of Joyce’s passing . My condolences to Gordon and her children as well as their family. I have known Joyce since I was a teenager and always found her to kind and compassionate to me and others. Even while I was getting into trouble she was patient but firm and always with understanding and accepting of me. We have shared moments and often times she would try to teach me the ways of God and try to guide me on the right path. She had a great sense of humour and I always enjoyed her company whenever we did meet. I’m thankful for knowing her and will miss her tremendously. God bless❤️

Debra Ferguson

May 20, 2020

We are truly heartfelt sorry to hear this news. Joyce was a wonderful lady and a beautiful person inside with a big heart. She told me a few times that she wanted to make sure everyone is ok and children are ok with good care. I have always been there to help her and Gordon with computer problems. They were such nice people. My parents did help them with couplers for TTY and alarm systems. They remembered you. We shall miss her dearly but we have good memories with her in my heart. Our condolences and prayers.

Lots of hugs all around, Debra (Karn) Ferguson and my parents Bob and Lynda Karn.


May 19, 2020

Condolences from the Schmidt family.
We're thinking about you all at this time.

Pam Ogawa

May 18, 2020

Dear Joyce my angel our hearts will be feeling a loss to see you go. You are like mother to me and I will miss you dearly. My thoughts and prayers to the family and Gordon Henshaw xoxo

Karla Henshaw

May 18, 2020

Joyce wasn’t just my Mother in-law She was a great friend to me We shared some fun times and some good laughs I enjoyed the times that I spent with Her I simply loved Her hugs She was the best hugger I will miss Her smile and Her caring way I will cherish my memories of Her May you rest easy Mom You will be missed Love you forever💝💝💝💝

Dianne Brooks

May 17, 2020

Joyce was so amazed lady! She is glory and very good caring to kids and adult too cuz I had been live with Joyce for few months and Deaf Camp for long time as I know she so amazed lady to me I had learned lots from her. I’m truly miss her very much in my heart forever as I had good memories of her in my life !!!

Dianne Brooks

Tricia Bignell

May 17, 2020

I'm so saddened to learn that Joyce had passed away. Knew her from Ontario Camp Of The Deaf when I was a kid. Growing up, always see her around in deaf community. We also had worked together at the Bob Rumball Associations For The Deaf. She was such a wonderful sweet person. Always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed by all. My deepest sympathy to Gordon, Jim, Steve & Doug and the family & friends.

Wendy Kirk

May 17, 2020

It's been a long time since I saw Joyce and Gordon, but I have fond memories of working with them for a number of years, and I always found her a wonderful, straight-forward, and humorous woman. They took care of my children while I was away for a week, and when I got back, she said, "My son says that the oldest daughter never stops talking. Didn't bother me at all."


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