In memory of
Joan C. Henkel
In memory of
Joan C. Henkel
In Loving Memory Joan C. Henkel Oct. 4, 1930 - March 15, 2020 Lifelong resident of Portland, Ore., Joan Corrine Bocci Henkel passed away peacefully March 15, 2020. Joan had an infectious giggle, continuous smile and a twinkle in her eye. She was fun loving, upbeat, outgoing, and generous with her family and close friends. She had a knack for cultivating one on one relationships with people that made them feel special and loved. Between weekly family dinners, daily phone calls, and frequent Portal video visits, she was constantly in contact with the many people she loved all hours of the day. Joan loved cookies and ice cream and watching the Price is Right and the Hallmark channel. She loved games and playing cards, especially I Buy and Golf. Joan was born Oct. 4, 1930 and lived in S.E. Portland her entire life. A member of St. Philip Neri Parish, Joan attended church regularly with her family and attended grade school there. She graduated in 1948 from St. Mary's Academy High School. She went on to study nursing at the Providence School of Nursing, graduating in 1951. She was very proud to be a member of the class of 1951! Joan worked at Providence Hospital for 45 years before retiring in 1995. She spent most of her time there as the Emergency Room Nursing Supervisor. In addition to her medical expertise, her ability to strike up conversations with anyone she met suited her well in her role as a nurse. She was later appointed to the State Board of Nursing by Governor Tom McCall and reappointed by Governor Robert Straub, an honor she was very proud of. She was active with the board for many years. Joan and John W. Henkel were married for 66 years, until he passed away in May 2018. Together they enjoyed cooking and camping with friends and family in their travel trailer. They often traveled to Palm Springs and to the Oregon Coast favoring Cape Lookout and Fort Stevens State parks. Joan's lifelong dream was to own a beach house. When the opportunity arose to buy a second home in Rockaway, they jumped on it and spent the next 25+ years going back and forth from Portland to enjoy the sand and sun. Joan loved catching the bus to Lincoln City to play penny slots at the casino. She never left empty handed, even if it meant asking for a free deck of cards. Joan also enjoyed traveling. She loved cruises, bus trips, and vacations to Mexico with her daughters and grandchildren. As the matriarch, Joan was the keeper of family stories, recipes, and heirlooms. She regularly hosted ravioli and cookie parties and made sure to always take a few minutes to explain to all attending the family history behind the activity. More than anything else, Joan loved to spend time in the swimming pool in her backyard with her family. She loved the sun and loved that all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandbabies loved the pool too. Joan is survived by her five daughters, Susan Sharp (Tom Heckenberg), Roberta Colburn (John), Mary Jo Corrado (Greg), Patty Trautmann (Mike) and Paula Salu (Ace); 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Providence Medical Foundation, attention heart fund online: https://give.providencefoundations.org/portland/heart In Memory of Joan Henkel Please mail a check to: Providence Portland Medical Foundation, Heart Fund 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Suite 1G14 Portland, OR 97213 In memory of Joan Henkel heart fund. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Joan C. Henkel
In Loving Memory Joan C. Henkel Oct. 4, 1930 - March 15, 2020 Lifelong resident of Portland, Ore., Joan Corrine Bocci Henkel passed away peacefully March 15, 2020. Joan had an infectious giggle, continuous smile and a twinkle in her eye. She was fun loving, upbeat, outgoing, and generous with her family and close friends. She had a knack for cultivating one on one relationships with people that made them feel special and loved. Between weekly family dinners, daily phone calls, and frequent Portal video visits, she was constantly in contact with the many people she loved all hours of the day. Joan loved cookies and ice cream and watching the Price is Right and the Hallmark channel. She loved games and playing cards, especially I Buy and Golf. Joan was born Oct. 4, 1930 and lived in S.E. Portland her entire life. A member of St. Philip Neri Parish, Joan attended church regularly with her family and attended grade school there. She graduated in 1948 from St. Mary's Academy High School. She went on to study nursing at the Providence School of Nursing, graduating in 1951. She was very proud to be a member of the class of 1951! Joan worked at Providence Hospital for 45 years before retiring in 1995. She spent most of her time there as the Emergency Room Nursing Supervisor. In addition to her medical expertise, her ability to strike up conversations with anyone she met suited her well in her role as a nurse. She was later appointed to the State Board of Nursing by Governor Tom McCall and reappointed by Governor Robert Straub, an honor she was very proud of. She was active with the board for many years. Joan and John W. Henkel were married for 66 years, until he passed away in May 2018. Together they enjoyed cooking and camping with friends and family in their travel trailer. They often traveled to Palm Springs and to the Oregon Coast favoring Cape Lookout and Fort Stevens State parks. Joan's lifelong dream was to own a beach house. When the opportunity arose to buy a second home in Rockaway, they jumped on it and spent the next 25+ years going back and forth from Portland to enjoy the sand and sun. Joan loved catching the bus to Lincoln City to play penny slots at the casino. She never left empty handed, even if it meant asking for a free deck of cards. Joan also enjoyed traveling. She loved cruises, bus trips, and vacations to Mexico with her daughters and grandchildren. As the matriarch, Joan was the keeper of family stories, recipes, and heirlooms. She regularly hosted ravioli and cookie parties and made sure to always take a few minutes to explain to all attending the family history behind the activity. More than anything else, Joan loved to spend time in the swimming pool in her backyard with her family. She loved the sun and loved that all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandbabies loved the pool too. Joan is survived by her five daughters, Susan Sharp (Tom Heckenberg), Roberta Colburn (John), Mary Jo Corrado (Greg), Patty Trautmann (Mike) and Paula Salu (Ace); 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Providence Medical Foundation, attention heart fund online: https://give.providencefoundations.org/portland/heart In Memory of Joan Henkel Please mail a check to: Providence Portland Medical Foundation, Heart Fund 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Suite 1G14 Portland, OR 97213 In memory of Joan Henkel heart fund. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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