Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

1001 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, ON


Joan Elizabeth Martin

May 29, 1930June 15, 2020

Passed away suddenly at her home on Monday, June 15, 2020, at the age of 90 years.

Loving mother of Richard Martin of Aberfoyle, Randall Martin and his partner Dyan Jones of Durham, Michael Martin and his partner Donna Schmidt of Hanover and Shelley Morgan and her husband Ron of Kitchener. Dear sister of Charlene Prast and her husband Heinz of Kitchener and Pat Duench and her husband Bob of Elmira. Caring grandmother of Summer, Pamela, Daniel, Alexis, Rachel and Isaiah. Great grandmother of Sage and Odessa. Predeceased by her husband Kenneth William Martin, her good friend Cecile Sturgeon and her parents Harold Otto McCarley of Kitchener and Delphine Alberta McCarley (nee Fries) of Elmira. Joan was strong and independent right up until the end. She had a zest for life and was a lover of opera, good literature, nature and the study of history. She loved preparing excellent meals for her family especially at Christmas. She enjoyed travelling the world and went on many adventures with her good friend Isabel Pietraszko. She belonged to a Euchre Club for many years and she will be greatly missed by all the Euchre Club members. She was also blessed with wonderful neighbours on Coral Crescent. They helped to make her 90th birthday celebration a treasured experience. Special thanks to Larry who was so good to her. Joan was a feisty, caring, funny and intelligent woman who will be missed by all who knew her. Cremation has taken place. It is Joan's wish that her ashes be scattered around the same birch tree, surrounded by her loving family, where her husband Ken's ashes were scattered in 1998. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to Canadian Red Cross, MS Society of Canada, Covenant House (Toronto) or St. John's Kitchen/The Working Centre (Kitchener). Arrangements entrusted to Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, Kitchener, (519-743-8900). Online condolences at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


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Shelley Morgan

June 25, 2020

Thanks so much for all the comforting words of condolence and the sharing of treasured memories of my Mom. Some of my most treasured memories are from the many camping trips we took together where I saw my Mom's appreciation and connection with nature. I feel blessed that we we able to share those experiences and that she passed that love of nature on to me. I will also miss her sense of humour. Even during the worst times we would end up laughing about something. She helped me to learn to be accepting of others and to keep a positive attitude. Love you and miss you so much Mom, your daughter Shelley.

Mike and Marg Soldink

June 22, 2020

We are very sorry to hear of Joan's passing. We have been neighbours since 1984 and will truly miss seeing Joan and hearing her voice on the crescent. Our sincere condolences to the Martin family during this difficult time.

Julie Martz Roethel

June 22, 2020

Joan was a wonderful lady and will be truly missed in the neighborhood. I will always remember her laugh. Thinking of all the Martin family a this sad time.
Annie and Bruce Martz
Julie ,Dan and Andrew Roethel

Sandy Scheklesky

June 20, 2020

Dear Auntie Joanie,
Some of my fondest memories of you are from my younger days. Whether I was getting shooed out of the house for coming in with my wet bathing suit or to you catching me hidden in your raspberry patch devouring the berries you had intended for that nights pie. I have the same sense of adventure and travel as you. I will be sure to have a Sambuca in honour of you on my next trip, to Greece!
Miss you already,

Gary John Martin

June 19, 2020

Rick,Randy,Mike,Shelly and Family. Our condolences and positive thoughts at this time. We have such great memories of the family Christmas parties during our childhood and time shared with all of you. We always enjoyed Joan's zest for life. No matter how old we are it is still sad when we lose our parents. I still miss my mom and dad and other family members who we shared such great time with. Thinking of you Gary J. Martin.

Larry & Mary Witzel

June 18, 2020

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Martin family on the loss of your mother. We had the pleasure of being her neighbors for the past thirty years. We will miss her laugh, witty sense of humor, and feisty finger. She was like part of our extended family, coming to our children's weddings, baby showers and family gatherings. We will truly miss her.

Sandi Veltkamp

June 18, 2020

Sad to read this today. My condolences to the family. Hold your memories close!
I had the pleasure of serving Joan at gt. It has been quite a while since I have seen her, but, I always enjoyed hearing the stories of her travels! Rest in peace!

Gord & Liz Roland

June 17, 2020

Our condolences to Rick, Mike and family. We were saddened to hear of Joan’s passing today. She had a positive, outgoing and joyful spirit. We will remember her puttering around the backyard (with her dog Cho until a few years ago), and will miss her friendly chats when we visited from the laneway to her backyard.

Charlene Prast

June 17, 2020

I admired my big sister Joan who overcame many fears, only to become a world traveler. Her trip to Ireland never materialized, but the dream of going gave her hope. She enjoyed the simple things in life, and required few luxuries. I admired her vitality and fun loving nature. She will be so missed by me, her sister Charlene.


Steve (Kim) McCarley

June 17, 2020

Auntie Joan will live on in the countless memories we have of the love, togetherness and good times shared at our many family events over the years from childhood to adulthood. Barb and I send our deepest sympathies to all that feel this loss and especially to our beloved cousins Rick, Randy, Mike and Shelly for the loss of their mother.