Johanna Nagel Joseph passed away at the age of 90 years, in the early morning of August 8th/2017 with her son Ron, at her side. Johanna or “Joke” as she was affectionately called, was born in IJmuiden, Holland on June 28th, 1927.
She grew up in a loving family and enjoyed a happy childhood. The second world war interrupted her life but not her spirit. Throughout it all she finished her studies becoming fluent in four languages and studying music. She later worked as a private secretary in many capacities including helping the allied cause at the end of the second world war. She always had a sense of adventure so she joined the Girl Scouts and found her love of camping and the outdoors. In 1951 she married Albert Nagel Joseph and 6 years later, with their children Ron and Marlies, they immigrated to Windsor Ontario, from her beloved Holland. She quickly adapted to her new country making many Canadian friends and also with recent Dutch immigrants as themselves. Their family expanded with the addition of Vincent and Zita. In 1965 they moved to Trail and later made their home on Lookout Street where they enjoyed the view of the mountains and walks with their dogs. The door was always open to welcome friends, family and those in need. In 1983 she studied to become a long-term care aid at Selkirk College so she could assist in the care of her husband who had Parkinson’s disease.
Johanna was a beautiful and wonderful person who had an incredibly kind, caring, and helpful nature that she shared without conditions to all. She loved her family, friends and all animals.
The family would like to thank Alicia DeGrandis, who provided such loving care, friendship and devotion to Johanna for so many years.
Johanna is survived by all her children; Bert, Ron, Marlies,Vincent and Zita. Her grandchildren; Arienne and Marika (Marlies), Geert and Liesbeth (Bert), Aaron, Nicole and Alex (Ron); two great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial to honor Johanna will be held at the Trail United Church on Friday, September 1st at 3:00 PM. Please stay for a celebratory reception to follow immediately after the memorial service in the church hall.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca