Peacefully, at her home, on October 16, 2013 of Exeter. Beloved wife of the late Mahlon Ryckman (1996). Dear mother of Ron and Susan (Kellar) Ryckman of Iroquois Falls and Doug and Roberta (Neil) Ryckman of Calgary. Dear grandmother of Sean and Sandra Ryckman of Ottawa and Mark and Renee Ryckman of Peterborough. Great-grandmother of Adam, Cameron; and Malin. Missed by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Howard Kerslake and his wife Mary (Earl) and her infant sister Edith.
Born in Usborne Township, Josie and her husband Mahlon farmed near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan from 1954-1970. For many years, she was a UCW member at Exeter United Church and at Mount Pleasant United Church (SK), where she was also the church pianist. Josie volunteered with the Explorer Girls at Exeter United Church, Meals on Wheels and Town and Country. She was an avid gardener and a member of the Kirkton Horticultural Society, showing flowers at the Exeter Fair and many flower shows.
Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main) on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd at 11 AM with Rev. Harry Disher officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery.
Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.