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March 16, 1948 ~ November 7, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Joan Hopp lived a full life and has been survived by family and friends who loved her, respected her, trusted her, and will miss her.
Her story began on March 16, 1948, in Gosford, NSW, Australia, where her family’s farm was located. She was born to Desmond and Joyce Sykes and was the middle of three children. She is survived by her older brother John Sykes, her younger brother Patrick Sykes, and her half-brother Dez.
In 1972, she travelled by boat to Canada with friends from school. During her travels, she met Les Hopp. The two were married in Australia and then settled in Calgary Alberta; they were married for 20 years. She is survived by her daughter Shelly Hopp, son Craig Hopp, and her daughter-in-law Fenella Newberry.
Joan completed her schooling to become a registered nurse in Australia. She focused on geriatric nursing in Calgary and worked her way up the professional ladder at Extendicare. At her time of retirement, she was the Director of Care, a position she’d held for many years.
Joan was a dedicated mother who always put her children first. She worked full-time in her field and was committed to helping others, something that extended to everyone she knew outside of work as well. She loved animals and always had at least one dog to spoil. Joan found a love for golf later in life and could regularly be found on the course with the rest of the Golden Girls (Bev Earl and Darlene Paswisty)
It is with profound sadness that we announce her passing on Tuesday, November 7th, 2023, at the age of 75 years.