Details for SOTTILE With heavy hearts, we sadly announce the passing of


With heavy hearts, we sadly announce the passing of Joyce Sottile, at the age of 79. Joyce passed away peacefully in Hospice at St. Joseph's Hospital on November 8, 2022.

Joyce was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother (GG as known to the great grandkids). Now resting in peace, she will forever be in our hearts. Her strength and character will remain alive through her loved ones and continue to guide us daily.

The oldest of four children, Joyce was born on November 11, 1942 in Dryden, Ontario. Joyce was the only daughter of Frank and Ruth Gould and became a hardworker on the family farm at a young age. After graduating a year early from Dryden High School, she moved to Thunder Bay where between having her children (Danny and Dayna) she completed Nursing School graduating in 1969 at the top of her class, with a gold medal for bedside manner.

A hard worker all her life, Joyce's nursing career started at the Port Arthur General Hospital, eventually becoming an OR Nurse, she then joined the Ministry of Labour in the early 80's as a Health and Safety Inspector. Her love for nursing brought her back to working as a home health care nurse in the late 90's for 18 years, working right up until her 70's. She was always loved by her patients and their families, and as a home care nurse received nurse of the year. In her early nursing years one particularly notable patient was Terry Fox, when his journey had to suddenly end in Thunder Bay.

Joyce was part of the team that treated him upon his arrival to P.A.G.H. She never forgot the impact working on him had on her and being his nurse at such a difficult end to his Marathon of Hope.

In addition to her lengthy career, Joyce had many passions outside of work. Her love of the outdoors, nature and gardening nurtured her soul. She had a green thumb and cultivated and cared for her beautiful flowers, as well as huge vegetable gardens her whole life. As an avid reader she read novels almost daily and kept up with pop culture with her love of magazines. Well known for her fashion sense, she loved beautiful clothing and followed the latest styles. In addition, Joyce was an excellent cook, known especially for her homemade manicotti and many other delicious meals. Holiday meals were very special on the farm and her recipes will live on through her family.

Joyce and her husband Paul lived in Pass Lake, Ontario for the last 35 years; and there she was able to enjoy the farm life again, having her beautiful flowers and gardens, her multiple bird feeders, going blueberry picking and she especially cherished her many pet dogs and cats. She loved the farm animals and in spite of chasing bears out of her yard she secretly loved having them there. Joyce and Paul also enjoyed motorcycle trips in the evenings and weekends over the years. She also enjoyed her visits with her very close friend of over 50 years and fellow nurse Hazel Baxter. As a volunteer earlier on in Pass Lake with the fire department, she informally became known to some neighbours as the community nurse.

Joyce was always very kind and loving, and had a deep compassion for all people, not just her family and friends. Her grandchildren/great grandchildren were very dear to her, and she had a very special connection with her first granddaughter Janelle. She so looked forward to seeing Janelle the past few years when she visited from Alberta with her four children.

Joyce is survived by her spouse Paul Knudsen, daughter Dayna Mitchell (Kevin), daughter-in-law Denise Sottile (Danny), daughter Cheryl Taylor (Richard), son Jeff Knudsen (Jenelle), brother Bruce Gould (Paula), brother Len Gould (Nancy), sisters-in-law Karen Gould, Nancy Knudsen, Elsie Burgoyne (Dan), Ellen Knudsen, and brother-in-law Peter Knudsen (Helen); grandchildren Janelle Leckelt (Kenny), Jordan Chichka, Courtney Stareski (TJ), Sante Sottile (Emma), York Myers (Haley), Brock Sottile, Jace Knudsen and Jayla Knudsen; great grandchildren Koen, Kendall, Kinley, Kash, Leo, Teo, Jayden and Harper.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents Frank and Ruth, her brother Fred, and her son Danny.

Cremation has taken place as per Joyce's wishes. Family will gather for a celebration of her life in the summer in Pass Lake. In lieu of flowers, if you wish donations could be made to the Salem Lutheran Church rebuild fund in Pass Lake. E-transfers can be sent to Or cheques mailed to: Salem Lutheran Church RR#1, #776 Hwy 587, Pass Lake, ON P0T 2M0. Please include in your message In Memory of Joyce Sottile for the church building fund.

Paul and family would like to thank Dr. Anthes, Dr. Ibrahim, Dr. Bezanson and Dr. Sellick at the Cancer Centre. Also would like to give thanks to cardiac doctors Dr. Macdonald, Dr. Melton, family doctor Dr. Balic and Neuro Surgeon Dr. Marchuk; Dr. Savioli from Harbourview Optometry and Isabel Maclean from Expert Hearing. Special thanks to home care nurse Amanda Korte, Linda Roussel from Home and Community Care and all the nurses and doctors at St. Joseph's 4 north.

"In life we loved you dearly,
in death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place,
no one else will ever fill."

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