Joyce Margena (Hembruff) Sprack

Born: Sat., Aug. 29, 1936
Died: Fri., Dec. 11, 2020


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In Loving Memory of
Joyce Margena Sprack (neeHembruff)
August 29, 1936 - December 11, 2020





Joyce Margena Sprack of Manitowaning passed away at the
Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current on December 11, 2020.
At the age of 84.

Joyce passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Dear daughter of the late Audrey and Beatrice Hembruff.

Beloved wife of 64 years to Brian George Sprack.

Loving mother of Debbie (Larry), Michael (Norma), Anne (John), Shari, Marc (Wayne), Stacey, and Scott (Courtney).

Cherished Nan of David, Danny, Devon, Jason, Teri-Lyn, Bobby, Vanessa, Kate, Samantha, Lucas, Tyler, Hailey, and

Great nan of Eric, Jared, Josh, Jake, Ethan, Hunter, Taylor, Austin, Danika, Jordon, Emerson, Lynken, and Easton.

Joyce was predeceased by her brothers Grant, Lyle, Randy, and her sister Mary-Ellen and
Survived by her brothers Alan and Lynn.
Joyce will be deeply missed by all of her adoring family, including, her two sister-in-law’s Stella and Lyn, and her many nieces and nephews whom she adored.

Joyce always said that she could count the most important things in her life on one hand. Brian, her children, her family, her friends, and Manitoulin Island. Joyce was a dedicated businesswoman who had numerous businesses in Manitowaning which she operated with such pride. Joyce and Brian loved to host poker games with some of the “boys” and she rarely lost. She was an active member of the Manitowaning community by participating in sports and recreation, especially baseball and curling. A proud member of the Southeast Lion’s Club, Joyce ran the local beauty pageants for many years, helping young women build both confidence and collegiality. She and Brian enjoyed many travels, however, she was always eager to come back home to “God’s Country.” Brian would say that Joyce always threw an anchor off the middle of the bridge so she could find her way home.

Joyce had many lifelong friends whom she cherished. She was a proud Budge’s School graduate, proudly sharing their anthem “thunder, lightning, rain or sleet, Budges, Budges can’t be beat.” She and Brian spent many days driving through parts of the Island, exploring roads untraveled and reminiscing days of ole and memories enjoyed with friends and family.
Joyce loved her home and welcomed all whom needed a place to stay. She loved entertaining people and was happiest when her house was full of family and friends.

In the last four years, Joyce was a resident at the Wiikwemkoong Nursing Home where she was cared for by a dedicated team of individuals who became her extended family. Joyce was known as the “Lady in Red” who was often found sitting at the front door of the home. When anyone said hello and asked her how she was, she would respond by saying “better now that I see you”. As a family, we felt great comfort in knowing that the dedicated staff were there to care for our dear wife, mother, and nan. For that, we are eternally grateful.

We would like to thank Dr. Cisa, the nursing staff at both Health Sciences North, and the Manitoulin Health Centre for their care. We would also to thank all of those that have reached out with condolences to our family over the last few days.
We plan to have a Celebration of Life in 2021. The date, time, and place will be announced. We will look forward to having you share your memories of Joyce with us.

To our dear lady in red, know we love you and that this is not our goodbye to you. We will see you later.

In lieu of flowers donations in Joyce's name can made to the Wiikwemkoong Nursing Home 2281 Wikwemikong Way, Wikwemikong, Ontario P0P 2J0

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Joe & Joyce Holmes
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss of a wonderful wife, mother and friend ! Joyce was a wonderful lady ! She loved life with Brian ! Joyce was a great family lady, when asked about her family she would name them all and tell you how much she loved each and everyone of you ! Our deepest sympathy to the whole family !

Jan E. McMurray
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
To Brian & family:
I am so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. She was a wonderful person and whenever I hear the word "lady" Joyce comes to mind immediately. Hold on to the memories and remember she is watching over you from Heaven. Gone from sight, but never from our hearts. R.I.P. Joyce.

Rick and Gail Gjos
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Did not know Joyce except through others. Wiky Nrsg Home will be a little less colourful with Joyce gone! She did enjoy life though!

Donna DenEngelsman and Peter
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
We have heavy hearts hearing that the Island has lost a matriarch. Sorry for your loss to the Sprack family. She was dearly loved by all who knew her.

Christianna and Peter
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
My heart goes out to Debbie, Brian and the rest of the family. Joyce was such a lovely lady and always so fashionable in her red outfits. Hugs to everyone.

Dianne Jewell
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Brian and family , I am so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing . What an absolutely wonderful lady, so kind , so knowledgeable,and absolutely loved all of you with her whole being. She was sooo proud of all of you . She will be sorely missed by family and community alike.

Evelyn Corbiere
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Great memories of Joyce.She was such a fine lady.

Bonnie Fraser
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I always saw Joyce at the nursing home when I went to visit my aunt. Loved her red outfit you always wore. R.I.P. Joyce.

Jeff Pyette
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
So sorry to hear of Joyce,s passing, she was always front and centre when down yonder played somewhere her smiles and requests won,t be forgotton.Deepest condolences to Brian and the whole family.

Cheryl White
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Brian and family I am so sorry for your loss. Joyce was a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be missed by so many. God bless you all at this difficult time

Anne and Greg Size
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Please accept our sincere condolences. Joyce was always a big part our our lives growing up in Manitowaning. She had a wonderful big heart and cared for the young of the community. She will be greatly missed by all of us. Our heartfelt love and thoughts are with all the family.

Beatrice Lee
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
condolences to the family

Laura-Lynn and Joey Case
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to Brian, Debbie, Mike, Anne, Shari, Marc and Scot and families.. Joyce was a wonderful beautifull lady inside and out. Many great memories of Joyce when i moved to Manitowaning and spent alot of time at the Sprack House. She was such a bright and cheery woman who made everyone feel welcome and loved. Even in her later years when we would visit the nursing home she would always come to chat..offer a peppermint, and talk of her family whom she loved dearly. She was truly an angel on earth and a blessing to all who knew her. God Bless you Joyce.. I am sure you are adding quite a bit of sprarkle and colour to all the angels <3

Heather
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Joyce was an amazing woman.!! She will be dearly missed. A great Aunty, Mom, and Wife. Hugs to the family and love 💕.

Doug and Bonny Kilgour
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
To Brian and your entire family we send our condolences. Joyce was a special lady with a huge heart and huge personality who touched the life of so many people along the way. She brightened everything where ever she was. You will all miss her greatly.

Tim Morrison
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Joyce was “one in a million”. We spend so much time in their restaurant in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s that it somehow become a second home for some.

At a time when there was darkness in our lives, Joyce led us the way out of it and showed that there was hope and opportunity for all of us in our future.

Always kind, considerate and never in fear of telling you something that she thought would help in making you a better person, Joyce was ”the light” for myself and I know many others growing up in Manitowaning.

My deepest condolences to the entire Sprack family, Joyce will long be remembered in all our hearts.

Larry B. Killens
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Joyce all the messages herein have a common thread and that being what a genuine/charismatic/ and special human you were, without question. I recall as a new policeman in Manitowaning you would be the first one at the door if I did something that wasn't consistent with the goals and expectations of community policing in our officers. And Joyce you were always right on target and shared your valuable input to actions we may have strayed from being a helper, especially to the youth in the community.. I never ever was foolish enough not to listen to your advice and council.. Heaven again, just got better.. No question in my mind you have left a gaping hole in those people who had you in their everyday life. We love you!

Tim Morrison
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Joyce was “one in a million”. We spend so much time in their restaurant in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s that it somehow become a second home for some.

At a time when there was darkness in our lives, Joyce led us the way out of it and showed that there was hope and opportunity for all of us in our future.

Always kind, considerate and never in fear of telling you something that she thought would help in making you a better person, Joyce was ”the light” for myself and I know many others growing up in Manitowaning.

My deepest condolences to the entire Sprack family, Joyce will long be remembered in all our hearts.

Dorothy Chapman
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
The lady in red that loved my earrings, always with a smile when she spotted you and her house door would open up and the coffee was in the pot. Joyce had many names from "cook", to Joyce's or aunty Joyce when the coffee was ready at the camp. the silver thread has broke but just shut your eyes and you can see her loving smile. God bless all the family .

Laurie and Michael Addison
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Our thoughts, prayers and love to all of you during this difficult time! Joyce will be greatly missed!!

Tom and Debbie Harper
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to Mike and Norma and the rest of the family in Joyce’s passing. Cherish your memories and speak her name often. These are things that I find will help you through some of the more difficult days. Hugs to all.

Daphne Poirier
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Brian and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Joyce always made the world a happier place, and I've never felt more welcomed and loved than when I visited with mum (Maxine Howson down from the Sault). From the time I was little until our last visit a couple of years ago her sunny disposition, love of her family and extended family and desire to make everyone feel at home and fed was her special gift. I also loved learning about the history of our family from her.

Liz Murray
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
The beautiful "Lady in Red". Any time was there she was always dressed and ready for the day. She always brought a smile on my face. She will be truly missed. I send my condolences to her family, friends and living husband Brian.

Julie McDermid
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Dear Mike & Norma we were so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Thinking about all of you. Brad & Julie

Samantha Fanning-Sprack
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
To my beautiful nan. This doesn't feel real and I can't quite comprehend a world without you and your red hat in it. I will miss you more than words could ever describe and I love you even more than that. My only comfort is knowing that this is not our goodbye, but simply a see you later. I hope you are at peace now, dancing and singing with all who have awaited your arrival. You truly are one of the easiest people to love. God bless. Love always, your Samalam.

Paul and Diane Methner
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
We are Very sorry to hear of your loss. We have heard some amazing stories about this special Lady

Kelly Sim-Lebouef
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Joyce had the biggest smile, the biggest heart and the best hugs. My condolences to Brian, Debbie, Mike, Anna, Shari, Marc, Scott and family. Joyce touched many lives. No matter whether you were young or old she always had the time to say hello and give you a hug. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Christina Gortzak
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
I’ll see you later. ❤️

Jamie Sagle
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Joyce was a very amazing person. Will miss seeing her at the nursing home. She always asked "Did you see Brian on your way? He should be getting off the bus soon." Prayers for all. She will be missed by many.

Jacinta and Darcy Solomon
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Our sincerest condolences to the family. She was a lovely lady.

Janet & Gary Prairie
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Condolences to all the Family. What a wonderful Lady. She will be missed and remembered for a long time. Hugs to all.

Rebecca Olesen (Becky Marselle)
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Joyce was one in a million. I know she touched the hearts of every kid in Manitowaning, giving most of us our first jobs. She was not only kind and loving but a real hoot full of fun and laughter. She lived life to the fullest, and she will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know her. My heartfelt condolences to Brian and all her family ❤️

Ivan and Joan Purvis
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
Our condolences on the passing of a wonderful lady.

Janice Bowerman
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
Joyce was a huge part of the community, I remember when we first moved here and she had her store (Stedmans) and this time of year you could hear Christmas tunes all through town. She lived life huge and we will miss her. RIP to the most elegant lady I have ever met and my deepest condolences to the whole family!

Ren and Linda
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
To Brian, Debbie, Mike and families
Our deepest condolences for your loss.
Ren and Linda McDonald

Garnet Manitowabi
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
Sending thoughts and prayers, she was one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She believed in a lot of people even when they didn't believe in themselves.

Kim and Bev
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
Sending our sincerest sympathy to all. Joyce was such a lovely stylish woman, and will be missed.
Remember and treasure all your memories.
Take care everyone.

Manitoulin Northshore Victim Services
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
We send our deepest condolences for your loss.
you were both part of our volunteers years ago. we thank you for that special time of your lives. Joyce will be missed by many.
On behalf of Board and Staff at VCARS

Jim and Lois Gee
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
So sorry to learn your loss. I know my Dianne will be there to welcome her to heaven. She was such a friend each time we returned to the Island. the future visits will for sure come up lacking. Please accept my condolences.

Murray and Gloria Haner
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
Heartfelt sympathy to all family members. Joyce was a friend to all that knew her and was very proud of her family. She will be missed but many wonderful memories,

Diane Tremblay
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
Joyce was a very beautiful person in so many ways loved very dearly prayers to the family for their loss

Paul McDonald
   Posted Mon December 14, 2020
so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom This is hard time of the year to lose a parent condolences to Ann thoughts and prayers Paul

Ila & Graham Lloyd
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
Our love and hugs to all the family. Joyce was one of a kind that will not be forgotten, a legend in her time. Rest In Peace Joyce ❤️

Patrick and Patricia Ryan
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020

We were privileged to know this wonderful lady during our time in Manitowaning. She was a wicked poker player and such a happy person to be around. God Bless.

Teina and Jeff Pitawanakwat
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
Feeling very fortunate to have known this beautiful and amazing woman who supported so many people in so many ways over the years. It was always a great pleasure to sit and chat with Joyce. She always had a kind word and never ceased to pass on a heartfelt compliment. She will never be forgotten. Condolences to the Sprack and Hembruff families, and to her many friends and acquaintances. RIP Beautiful Lady in Red. Xo

Debbie Quackenbush
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Joyce.

Debbie and Brent Quackenbush

Denise Moggy
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
Aunt Joyce was a true matriarch
Her family was always number one. Am blessed to have become
A member of her family
Her home and arms were always open! Great hugs!

Deepest condolences to the Sprack’s and Hembruffs

With love Denise Moggy


Shannon Ryan-Jang
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
I have such great memories of Joyce. She was a person who laughed, loved and lived big! A wonderful smile, a wink to make you feel like you were in on a special secret, and a dash of flair to remind you that the world is better with colour-and lots of it! She was kind and welcoming when our family lived on the Island. I am grateful for all the times she made me feel like part of her family those many years ago. Sending big hugs!

Wendy Loiselle
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
Anne and family so sorry for your loss. I remember the wonderful stories Anne would share about her mom. Thoughts and prayers to you

Bill and Maimie Sim
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
Dear Brian and family,Wishing you peace to bring comfort
courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
Joyce was a wonderful friend to everyone and will be always remembered.

MAME MURRAY
   Posted Wed December 16, 2020
DEAR BRIAN & FAMILY
I'M SO SORRY TO READ OF JOYCE'S PASSING . SHE WAS SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU . SHE LOVED LIFE TO THE FULLEST & EXTENDED HER WARMTH & VIBRANT SELF TO ALL .
MAY THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES YOU HOLD COMFORT YOU DURING THIS SAD TIME
MAME

Susan J MacDonald
   Posted Wed December 16, 2020
Dear Family,
My heart goes out to you at this very sad time in your life....Joyce was the most wonderful and kind person ....she had that way about her that made you feel so special in her presence; unfortunately it has been lost in our presnt world.
May the Lord hold in His loving arms and guide you through the departure of Joyce to His heavenly home.
May all the memories and special times within your life together bring you peace.

Christine and Jim Jenkins
   Posted Wed December 16, 2020
To Brian, and the entire Sprack and Hembruff family. Just the other day Jim and I were talking about Joyce as we had read an article about her and Brian in the Expositor. Then we read about Joyce's passing. We are very sorry to hear this. Jim and I moved to Manitowaning in 1980. Jim was an OPP officer and I had no job. I happened to drop into the Steadman's store which Joyce managed at that time. That drop-in visit and her warm welcome cemented my love for Manitowaning. Reading the list of condolences tells us about how this lady was seen in the island community. Rest in Peace beautiful Lady in Red.

Ej Murray
   Posted Wed December 16, 2020
Condolences to her family and friends. RIP Joyce. You are missed by many including myself. You were always kind and treated people well. Until the next time!

Michael Kerr and Carmen Essex
   Posted Wed December 16, 2020
Our condolences to the family at this difficult time, Joyce was a sweet lady. I only met her a few times but she left a lasting impression. To me she was a strong spirited ,welcoming classy woman. Mike has known her since he was young and spent alot of his childhood with the family. He knew her as a Mom and a boss. She will be missed. Big hug to Brian and the rest of the family.

Linda and Chris Moote
   Posted Thu December 17, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Brian and the family. Joyce was a lovely lady who had a way of brightening anyone's day. Always such a positive force. Brian and Joyce will always be a part of my memories in Manitowaning. It really was such a great place full of so many wonderful people like the Sprack family. Thank you.

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