Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel

75 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON


Joan Evelyn (Jackson) (nee Mitchell) Vriend

February 27, 1928July 27, 2019

On July 27, Joan left this Earth to join her first husband Bill (January 3,1967), second husband Dick (December 31, 1996), third child Wendy Lambert (March 6, 2005), and fourth child Stephen Jackson (June 5, 2018).

Forever loved by her children Heather (Bruce) Graham, Doreen Talaskavich, Karen (Jeff) McKee and Donna Lindsay (Bill Book), daughter-in-law Sabine Brasok, son-in-law Peter Woerrlein and beloved partner Frank Barnsley.

Also loved by her step-children Mark, Alice, Erna, Wilma, Grace and Jenny. The World’s Greatest Grandmother to numerous grandchildren and step-grandchildren, countless great and great-great grandchildren. Sister to Barbara, Edna, Ethel (deceased), Hazel and her brother Bob who will miss her dearly.

She constantly said she was the luckiest woman in the world because she had the most amazing family, not realizing the reason was because she was amazing.

A long time employee of Moyer and Diebel, she spent her retirement as a very active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Out of the Cold. She was a devoted member of Knox Presbyterian Church.

Thank You to Garden City Manor and Hospice Niagara for the care you gave her and an eternal thank you to Donna for your unwavering love and support.

The family will receive friends at the Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel, 75 Church St., St. Catharines (905-684-6346) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 10 am. A Celebration of Joan’s life will follow at 12 noon in the chapel. Private Family interment at a later date. If so desired, donations made in Joan’s memory to the Hospice Niagara would be appreciated by her family. Online tributes may be made at www.hulseandenglish.com


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Celebration of Joan's Life Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Joan Evelyn (Jackson) (nee Mitchell) Vriend

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Sabine Brasok

August 1, 2019

Joan was my mother-in-law for 30 years and I knew her for almost 36 years. She was truly an inspiration. I remember thinking at various points along the way: I hope I have as much energy as she does when I'm in my 70s and 80s. She never tired of helping people, working in her garden, cooking, baking, preserving, canning, volunteering and still having time left over to be with her family that adored her. We live in Edmonton and every time we talked on the phone or when she came here for a visit or we went there, she'd say: I wish we lived closer together. Me too, Joan. I will miss you terribly but one thing that consoles me is knowing that you're in heaven with my husband, your only son, Steve. All my love and admiration forever, Sabine.

Paul & Willie Pattison

July 31, 2019

As former Free Wheelers we had the pleasure of meeting Joan on many occasions an outgoing welcoming person, She will be missed.

Our condolences to Frank and families .

Paul, & Willie Pattison

Saskia Holditch

July 29, 2019

Joan was an amazing lady. She always had a kind word and made everyone feel welcome. Every time she reminded me of her Dutch heritage. She was revered by her family. She will be missed.
Saskia, Nelson, Skye

Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club The Freewheelers

July 28, 2019

Joan Vriend, dearly loved partner of Frank Barnsley passed away peacefully on Saturday at HOSPICE Niagara in St. Catharine's. Many of us know Joan through our relationship with Frank. Joan was a gracious and lovely lady and we enjoyed her warm Hospitality at their house on many occasions particularly each year to celebrate Frank's birthday. Frank has been a mentor , role model and friend since he joined the Freewheelers over 20 years ago and when he and Joan decided to spend their senior years together she joined right in.

She and Frank hosted the Mandarin luncheon at Christmas for many years and they also attended every social.

The love, devotion and care they shared for each other could be an inspiration for us all.

We will miss her.
The Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club