Sister Joan (Violet) Weisbeck, osu
Sister Joan (Violet) Weisbeck, osu, Prelate was welcomed into eternal life on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Samaritan Place in Saskatoon, SK. Daughter of John and Sofia (Lerner) Weisbeck, Sister Joan was born at Prelate on June 3, 1933, the second youngest of a family of nine children. The Ursuline Sisters were the educators in her life for she attended the Prelate Public school. It is here that she enjoyed multiple enterprising activities creating gumbo dinosaurs, a science corner with butterflies and chrysalis for moths, made Indian villages – and through it all, was recognized as a budding artist. She applauds her elementary school as opening a new world of creative expression. In Grade VIII she had other dreams. She began to look to the “House on the Hill” – St. Angela’s Convent, with wonder and awe, but waited until she was in Grade XI to pack her bags and attend St. Angela’s Academy. She entered the novitiate in 1950 and made her first vows on August 15, 1952. Receiving the obedience to “teach” became her biggest challenge, but her teaching years brought her peace and strength as she recognized the good that came from it all: the soothing of “hurts” among the little ones, the pains expressed by wounded teenagers, reaching out to troubled parents, and the desire to care for the least privileged. Her 22 years of teaching took her to Primate, Quinton, Mendham, Provost, Fox Valley and later St. Angela’s Academy where she taught Home Economics. Though her teaching years were interrupted by a Sabbatical – a CREDO Year in Spokane, she moved on to Kamloops, BC where she taught Junior High and cared for her mother who was needing help. The last two years before her mother’s death, she had moved to Chase, BC to give her full-time care. In her early retirement she attended the Emily Carr Art School in Vancouver, where she learned the skills of pottery–making. This was followed by taking a Wholistic Program in Louisiana. These efforts were the fuel to do some foreign mission ministry. She spent three years at St. Michael’s Mission in Zimbabwe, Africa helping the very poor in various ways. When she returned to Canada in the fall of 1993, she moved to Edmonton and gave her efforts to learning: Massage Therapy, Reiki, Foot Reflexology, hoping to use these skills with our aging Sisters. She moved to Saskatoon taking up residence at 1212 College Drive and did volunteer work. During this time she hit upon the idea of painting rocks with acrylics, making paper weights, a hobby that took on a life of its own. Her many painted rocks became gift items at parties, on sales counters, and as souvenirs. In the fall of 2001, there were signs that illness was her companion. She received help and in 2002, she took up residence at St. Angela Merici Residence where she received the care she needed and made a life for herself painting rocks with acrylics, doing oil painting, sewing, reading, and helping where she could. Her spirit generally soared as she struggled to get a “grip on life” and better health. In July 2011 Sister Joan moved to St. Ann's Home and eventually to Samaritan Place receiving a higher level of care. Sister Joan will be remembered by her family for her gift of caring for her mother for the last ten years of her mother's life. The Ursuline Sisters, too, will remember Sister Joan for the special place in her heart for the sick, the poor, and the underprivileged, but also for her artistic soul that could amuse us in unpredictable ways, like lying in a ditch with her camera to catch the right shot of a butterfly lighting on a bale of hay! She was predeceased by her father in 1970, her mother in 1988, and her sisters, Helen (Machtmes), Clara (Bérubé), Anna (Nemeth), Rose (Evans), Matilda (Petrovicz), and brothers, Oliver and John. Left to cherish her memory are her Ursuline Sisters, her sister Isabel (Kost), her sister-in-law Mary, and her nieces and nephews. Sincere thanks to the Administration and Staff at Samaritan Place for their love, concern and care for Sister Joan during the years of her residence there. A Vigil will be celebrated on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Both services will be held at St. Angela Merici Residence, 125 Cree Crescent, Saskatoon, SK. The Rite of Committal will follow at the Prelate Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends and relatives are invited to contribute to the Ursuline mission of education by donating to St. Angela's Academy Foundation, at 305 Hilliard St. E., Saskatoon, SK, S7J 0E5. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.