On Monday, March 16 the beloved wife and best
friend of Norman Nelson for 28 glorious years passed away in a
The Deaf community respected Joanne for her
outstanding leadership in the Canada Association of the Deaf as
President, Vice President, Secretary and on the Board of
Director for over 50 years. She was also President of the
Montreal Association of the Deaf and was very active in MAD. She
was a loving teacher who made her students feel comfortable
being in Mackay Center. The students always showed gratefulness
when later meeting her. Joanne retired from teaching after
35 years and continued to be a substitute teacher for several
more years. She was always excited to see new students. As a
result, Joanne was awarded the Queen ‘s Golden Jubilee Medal. It
indicates that Joanne have made a significant contribution to
Canada, to their community or to their fellow Canadians.
Joanne attended Clark School for the Deaf in
North Hampton, Massachusetts and went to Queen of Angels
Academy in Dorval. After receiving her diploma, she went
to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where she found her
identity as a beautiful Deaf lady. She received her BA degree
and attended Western Maryland to study how to teach Deaf
children. She received a Master of Arts in teaching.
Joanne got some help from Pioneers of Bell in
distributing teletype machines known as TTYs to Deaf adults.
Joanne had been a member of Canadian Deafness
Research and Training Institute. She was one of the founding
members for 30 years.
She attended California State University of
Northridge in a study Leadership Training Program and got
another Master of Arts degree.
She went to Nebraska for two summers to study
computer technology. She took courses at McGill and got her
third MA degree.
Joanne met Norman Nelson and they later got
married for 28 years. We traveled a great deal in Europe
and volunteered to work with the Inuit deaf in Inuvik. She loved
the Inuits a great deal.
Joanne left her two brothers, Larry (and
Debbie,) in Kingston, Ontario and Gerald (and Diane) in Ottawa,
Ontario. Her nephew Greg and wife Dianee, their two darling
tots, Xavier and Tatiana in London, England and her niece Erin
Stump in Toronto as well as many beloved cousins and friends.
Joanne also left the Nelson family as follows: Jerry and
Dennis Konewko in Minnesota, Margie Simon in Minnesota, Don and
Janie Nelson in Wisconsin, Kathy and Dennis -Gavin in Utah,
Carole Nelson in Minnesota, and Darlene Cook in Minnesota and
the nieces and nephews.
Her hobby was researching the Ancestry of her
family from Ireland. She visited Ireland and collected
information and made many contacts. She was able to discuss the
history of her family very well.
Due to restrictions because of Covid-19
private funeral will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory of JoAnne Stump may be
made to Class of 1970 Gift Fund
and send it to:
Gallaudet University Office of Development, Denison House
Florida Avenue NE
Washington, D.C. 20002