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Lorraine Climenhaga
June 8, 1943 - April 18, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Lorraine Joan Climenhaga <br> <br>(nee Bastie) June 8, 1943 ~ April 18, 2016 <br> <br>It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, Nana, Sister, Aunt. Joan died peacefully at home Monday, April 18, 2016 surrounded by her family. Joan was born and raised in Halifax, met and married Ted in 1963. Being a RCAF pilot’s wife meant several moves in the early years finally settling in south-east Burlington in 1968. Joan leaves behind her husband Ted after nearly 53 years of marriage. She also leaves son Christopher of Dundas; daughter Cynthia (Murdo Gordon) of Skillman NJ; son Brian (Laurie) of Tahoe City, CA plus her precious grandchildren: Cailie, Adam, and Kayl. She was pre-deceased by her parents Lawrence & Edna Bastie of Halifax NS. Also pre-deceased by older brother Laurie Bastie (killed in an RCAF operational flying accident in 1969). Joan is also survived by sister-in-law Patti Bastie (Laurie’s widow); brother Paul (Mavis) of Lethbridge AB and sister Paula (John Beed) of Halifax NS. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews & cousins. Joan was a stay-at-home mom - her family was her pride & joy – the centre of her universe. After the kids had all left home, Joan took up ballroom dancing with a passion. She excelled at her hobby earning many amateur awards at dance competitions over the past 24 years. She is also leaving behind many friends from her ballroom dance circle. The dancing kept her young & invigorated – her last dance lesson activity was Jan 12, 2016. (The photo accompaning this notice was taken March 2013 – more than 2 years after her diagnosis – and displays Joan’s positive attitude.) Joan was first diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colon cancer in January 2011. At that time she was given 14 months to live, but with chemo-therapy and gritty determination she stretched that to over 5 years. The family wishes to thank Dr Rosemary Van Straalen & Dr Bruce Gay of Oakville for their initial diagnosis & follow-up treatment over the years. Also we wish to thank Dr Kevin Zbuk plus the cancer clinic team at Juravinski Cancer Centre for their compassionate chemo treatments that enabled Joan to beat the odds and enjoy nearly 5 more years of quality life. Cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Interment is planned for Burlington Memorial Gardens, Guelph Line, Burlington, Ontario. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Homes, Burlington Chapel. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society is appreciated. On-line condolences at <br> <br></div>