Growing up as a Saskatchewan farm boy during the great depression, Joe learned many valuable lessons that would serve him well throughout life. The importance of hard work, integrity, dependability, service, and love of family and God were the core values that he tried to live by each day.
He started his working life in 1946 with Dominion Bank in Saskatoon. As a banker, he always “balanced everything to the penny”. Joe was later transferred to Regina where he met his beautiful wife Gloria. In 1951 they moved to Edmonton, where they would start a family. There, Joe would become manager with Canadian Acceptance Corporation. In 1955, he embarked on a 35-year career with London Life Mortgage. Joe tells the story about the run-in: “I was visiting a customer who was in arrears on his mortgage. When I arrived at his home, the chap indicated he’d be taking a gun to me”. Joe calmed the man’s nerves, as only he could, and would survive to the tell the tale. He was transferred with his family in 1967 to open the new London Life Property Investments office in Calgary. He assumed the role of Regional Manager until his retirement in 1990. During his career Joe also found the time to work several part-times. He was a gas jockey at Woodward’s, a cashier at Northlands Park and Stampede Park, and for a time operated a refreshment stand for Canada Dry on the midway at Edmonton’s Klondike Days.
Both in the workplace, the community, his church, with his friends and neighbors but most importantly with his family - Joe’s was a life dedicated to serving others. He gave freely of his time and experience to various organizations throughout his life. He was involved with the United Way, Boy Scouts, Squires, Alberta Heart Fund, Carrol Place, Calgary Canucks, Fully Alive, Backyard Golf Association, Knights of Columbus, and K of C Hockey both as an organizer and a coach. He also acted in various capacities at St. James Catholic Church in Edmonton and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Calgary for many years. He served with a strong work ethic and helpful spirit. It was never about the accolades for Joe – it was from the heart. He was always the gentleman and had a way of making everyone feel special. He was so grateful for all his blessings and always saw the good even amid difficulties. Most of all, his faith and love for God stood at the centre of who he was and how he lived.
Joe passed from complications of “amyloidosis” – a rare blood disorder that affected his kidneys. The family would like to extend immense gratitude to all those who helped Joe over the last six years. Your care and compassion meant more to us than words can say. To the remarkable staff at Rocky Ridge Retirement Community, Dulcina Hospice who showed such empathy, the team at Northland Hemo-dialysis who cared for Joe with compassion and dedication – thank-you so very much. To all those at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre who took such good care of Joe – you made a difficult time easier for both him and his family to navigate. We would also like to thank Father Jonathon Gibson from St. Peters Catholic Church for ministering to him in his final days and Evan J. Strong Funeral Services for helping the family with final arrangements.
Joe, one of 14 brothers and sisters was born, to Roy and Mary (Holtorf) Moldenhauer in Alan, Saskatchewan on July 13, 1927. He is survived by his wife Gloria of 68 years, daughter Pam (Liam Whalen), son Grant (Lisa Pearson), son Daryl and grandchildren, Jared, Evan, Logan, and Brodie. He is also survived by his sister Rosalie Martin, brothers John Moldenhauer and Bob Moldenhauer, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.
At Joe’s request there will be no funeral. A private family interment will be held at Sacred Heart Columbarium. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Joe may be made directly to Recovery Acres (Calgary) Society https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/recovery-acres-calgary-society/
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