The extended family of Joan Elizabeth (Hodgins) Ritsma sadly announce her passing at South Huron Hospital on Dec. 10, 2021 following a brief illness.  Joan was born in 1938 and raised in the Timmins area and moved to Toronto as a young adult and worked in the restaurant service industry for many years.  In retirement she lived in Mitchell and the Exeter area.  She is survived by her husband Abel Ritsma whom she married in 1991.  Joan and Abel enjoyed many happy years together and especially enjoyed caring for their pets together.   She is also survived by Abel’s children Anne, Martha, Mary, Durwin, Martin and Ben and by her friend Donna Harmer of Mitchell.  She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret Hodgins and Abel’s children Tami, Freda, Ralph, Ruth and Bill.   The Ritsma family would like to thank the staff at Queensway Retirement Home in Hensall , especially Sandra, for their care and support for Joan while she was a resident there.   A private interment will take place at a later date at Tisdale Cemetery, Timmins.  As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the ALS Society of Ontario through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, Ontario.

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