Obituary – Joan “June Bug” Beckstead

Joan “June Bug” Beckstead

Peacefully at the Osgoode Care Centre on Wednesday, February 5, Joan Beckstead (nee Merkley) of Chesterville, age 85. Beloved wife of the late Bert “Jigger” Beckstead. Loving mother of Neil “Smiley” Beckstead (late Kathy) of Chesterville, Debbie Chambers (Shawn) of Chesterville, Greg Beckstead (Kathy) of Chesterville, Garry Beckstead (Carolyn) of Morrisburg and Shawn Beckstead (Toula) of Harmony Corners. Dear sister of Lorna Boltster of Brushton, N.Y. Joan will be fondly remembered by 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her sisters Dorothy Price, Emma Hess, Vera Smith, Lois Steel, Maxine Feeley, Audrey Casselman and her brothers Clifton, Lyle, Audeen, Walter, Irwin, Lee and Carl Merkley. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Arrangements

A Celebration of Joan’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Chesterville on Sunday, February 23 from 1-4 p.m. Donations to Maple Ridge Cemetery would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. If you are making your donation online or by cheque directly to the charity, please include the following note with your gift “please notify the family”.  Online condolences may be made at

Interment of Cremated Remains
Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville

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