JoAnne Kathlene Bouck
JoAnne Kathlene Bouck (nee Fraser) passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her loving family on Sat., Nov. 26, 2005, following a three year battle with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was born in Vancouver, B.C. on Jan. 26, 1949 to William and Ada Fraser. JoAnne moved with her family to Cambridge (Galt) at the age of nine. When she finished high school, she moved to Cornwall where she attended the Cornwall Regional School of Nursing, graduating in 1970. JoAnne married Gary Bouck on Aug.2, 1969 and together they had two wonderful daughters, Robin and Janis.
She started her career working in Winchester for two years and then in Brockville for the last thirty years until being diagnosed with ALS in November 2002. JoAnne loved her work as an obstetrical nurse, and made many friends over the years, both patients and co-workers.
She enjoyed reading and knitting. Even after her illness was discovered, she made sweaters for her nephews and grandchildren. JoAnne loved to travel to warm climates in the winter. She and Gary went on a cruise to celebrate their 25th anniversary, and another two years later. They discovered Aruba – she loved that island. She and Gary managed to travel to Aruba four times, the last time being in January 2005. The highlight of her recent years was being able to take her family to the Dominican Republic for a week. She had great pleasure watching her grandchildren frolic in the sand and water. That was a trip the family will always remember.
In the last three years JoAnne became a dedicated worker for the ALS society. She raised money for society taking part in three walks, the latest one being on Sept. 24 of this year. She was a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society for a number of years and loved to help CHEO whenever she could.
She is survived by her loving husband Gary, her daughters Robin (Dean) Armstrong of Cambridge and Janis (Wes) Campeau of Spencerville, and her brother William (Marg) Fraser of Cambridge. She was a loving Nana to her three grandsons, Carter and Dryden Armstrong, and Will Campeau. She was a great aunt to many nieces and nephews and she will be fondly remembered by her many friends throughout the area. Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Nov. 30. The funeral service was held in the funeral home with Rev. Janet Evans officiating. Inurnment followed at the Iroquois Point Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Bouck, Dean, Carter, and Dryden Armstrong, and Wes and Will Campeau. A luncheon was held at Iroquois United Church immediately following inurnment.
Memorial donations made to the ALS society or CHEO will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.