Obituary: Joanne Walroth

Connector Spring 2019

It is with heavy hearts that the RCA shares this obituary for Joanne Walroth, who was a valued RCA Board and Committee member for many years. We value the contribution Joanne made to the organization and industry, and the passion she shared for waste reduction.

Joanne at the RCA’s 2009 Conference “Green for Gold” in Calgary

Obituary: Joanne Mary Walroth

February 9, 1962 – Verdun, Quebec
May 3, 2019 – Cochrane, Alberta

Joanne Mary Walroth of Cochrane, AB passed away peacefully at home May 3, 2019 at the age of 57.

Joanne was born February 9, 1962 in Verdun, Quebec, grew up in the Crossfield/Carstairs district before her family moved to Canmore, AB in 1974. Joanne moved to Cochrane, AB in the early 1990s where she worked in the kitchen at the Esso, then became the recycling coordinator for the Town of Cochrane and finally as waste management officer for the MD of Rocky View retiring in 2015. Joanne was an avid slow pitch player playing for the Hitmen in Canmore and Mixed Nuts in Cochrane. Joanne was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2017 after beating melanoma. She also beat pancreatic cancer during her recent battle. She later was diagnosed with colon cancer and cancer in her omentum. She was everyone’s rock of Gibraltar during her battle and she felt the love and support from everyone.

Joanne is survived by her siblings Edward (Arlene) of Airdrie, AB, Stephen of Cochrane, AB, Helen of Cochrane, AB, Nancy (Trevor) of Radium Hot Springs, BC; niece Brittney and nephews William and Brayden; plus her extended family of friends. Joanne is predeceased by her parents Bill and Sherrill of Canmore, AB.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Cochrane, AB. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, please donate in memory of Joanne Walroth to the Tom Baker Centre for Ovarian Cancer by Mail 710-10123, 99 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1. Thank you to all who helped with transportation to and from Calgary for treatments and appointments. A big thank you to her sisters Helen and Nancy for putting their lives on hold to look after and watch over Joanne during this time. Thank you to all of the doctors and staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

In living memory of Joanne Walroth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES.