Joan Rita Henke

Joan Rita Henke

Passed on April 1, 2019

nee (SCHARF) Heaven has called back its most precious angel. Our hearts break to announce the passing of Joan Henke, AKA “Mama” on April 1, 2019. For over 60 years she was the better half of the “Duo” known as Mama and Willie. Mama was raised in Oak Pointe, MB and was the youngest of 10 children. She met the love of her life when she moved to Winnipeg for work when she was a teenager. The duo was meant to be together and they used to joke that a Scharf was marrying a Henke. Joan and Wilf spent their working life in Winnipeg but going to the lake was a huge part of the Henke families’ life. From the time the boys were young, Joan and Wilf made sure to spend every weekend enjoying the splendor of life at the cottage, first at Spruce Sands and then at their retirement home on the lake in Arnes, MB. There have been so many memories, so much love and friendship that have developed over the years that it will forever remain a cherished place for so many. Joan is survived by her soul mate Wilfred, their 2 children Darrell and Shawn, her much loved daughters-in-law Susan and Robyn and many loving nieces and nephews. What is important to know about Joan is that she was truly the most loving and altruistic person anyone could know. Words cannot describe the truly angelic person she was. She honestly wanted the best for others, not just because it was the right thing to do, but because she truly cared more about her friends and family than she cared about anything else, a quality we all aspire to. Before Joan passed she made a point to ask us to say thank you for the love and support expressed by her friends and family. She wanted you to know she loves you all and appreciates everything. She also wanted us to express her thanks to the staff of Ward H3 at The Health Science Centre for the amazing care and compassion that was shown not only to Mama, but the entire family. As per Joan’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Donations in Mama’s memory may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or any charity that helps animals.


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