Wheeler, Joan Helen

Joan passed away peacefully at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at the age of 84.

Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, she was a daughter of the late James and Wilda (nee Gibbons) McAfee.

Joan was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank Wheeler, in 2018, and by her sister Lois Morton Murray.

She was the much-loved mother of Rhonda Wheeler-Grein (Steve McKenna), Kevin Wheeler (Wendy Campbell), Dwayne Wheeler (Jill Clements); cherished Grandma to Terry (Laura), Brent (Courtney), Vanessa, Kyle, Jacob, James, Catherine and Laurel and Great Grandma to Peyton, Avary, Kaelin, Declan, Tayla and Jordan. She is survived by her step-mother Winnie Stadelbauer and her sister Melodee McAfee.  Joan will be remembered fondly by the McAfee, Gibbons, and Wheeler families with many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.

Joan was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother and great grandmother.   She enjoyed spending time walking, biking, reading and she was a great shopper.  Joan and Frank relocated wherever his job as a police officer took them.  They have lived in Meaford, Hanover, Kitchener, Mount Forest, and eventually were very happy to retire back ‘home’ to Meaford. In more recent years both Frank and Joan required some extra care and support and their family will be forever grateful to the wonderful staff at Cider Mill at Sunnyside Home for everything they have done to make their time there more comfortable.

A funeral service will be conducted at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 1:30 p.m., with a service of committal and interment following at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the World Vision where Joan donated for 43 years or the Sunnyside Foundation in Kitchener who treated Frank and Joan so well in the last few years, would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca


Friday, April 28, 2023 1:30 PM
Service at Ferguson Funeral Home, with interment following at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Margaret Lowe
    Thursday, April 20, 2023

    My condolences to the Wheeler and McAfee families. Frank and Joan were long time residents of Meaford and it was great to see them when they retired here. They were often out on their bikes, ending up at McDonald’s for a coffee break.
    Marg Lowe

  2. Deb Shaw
    Thursday, April 20, 2023

    So sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of Aunt Joan enjoying the never dull activities at Grandpa and Grandma Smith’s beach. ~Deb and Dan Shaw

  3. Judy Clements
    Thursday, April 20, 2023

    My deepest sympathies to my son In-Law Dwayne and my daughter Jill, and grandson James. Joan was a beautiful lady, with a loving personality, she will be missed. Heaven has gained another angel. RIP Joan

  4. Jim Emptage
    Friday, April 21, 2023

    Aunt Joan was an iconic member of our clan. God bless and guide her soul.
    May all her children find peace and comfort.

    Jim Emptage
    Brighton, Ontario

  5. Mary Ann Gilhuly
    Saturday, April 22, 2023

    Rhonda and Steve, sorry to hear of your loss. Blessings to all.
    Mary Ann Gilhuly

  6. Karen Wheeler
    Saturday, April 22, 2023

    Rhonda, Kevin and Dwayne, condolences too you, and your families

  7. Elizabeth Brown
    Thursday, April 27, 2023

    Rhonda, Kevin, Dwayne and families: I’m so sorry for your loss and send my deepest sympathies. I have so many fond memories of my cousin Joan and when young being together on the Umberella Island. Later she married Frank and we were lucky to meet up with them in Kitchener and raise our families near each other for many years. We went to Expo 67 in Montreal together twice, shared meals many times over the years, and Frank took us on many fun Sunday afternoon drives when he didn’t have to work, and, saw villages we’d never been to in the surrounding area. Really missed them when they moved to Mount Forest and Meaford. We’d got together if possible when passinig through, but time was never enough for a really good visit.

    These will be many fond memories I will always cherish of a favourite cousin.


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