Today 19 December 2015, the Kadalie family lay to rest their Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother in a beautiful service held at the His People Church N1 City. Joan Kadalie was an amazing, caring and God-fearing woman who dedicated her life to serving others.
Joan Kadalie was born in Peninsula Maternity Hospital, District Six in 1930. One of eight siblings who grew up at 9 Tennant Street, she schooled at St Philip’s in Chapel Street. On the 09th September 1950, she married her soulmate and lifelong partner, Fenner Kadalie.
She continued to work in the clothing industry well into their marriage, the longest stint as a machinist and all-rounder at Ensign Clothing. Later, she became a full-time mother and remained active alongside her husband, as a volunteer at City Mission and eventually worked as the Supervisor of City Mission’s AW Baker House for 24 years.
Over the years Joan consistently honed her creative talents and eventually she thrived as a very accomplished crafts specialist, with refined skills in pottery, commercial baking, flower arrangements, embroidery, tapestry and garment making. She imparted these skills to hundreds of women individually as well as in group workshops until well into her 80’s.
Joan was a hyperactive octogenarian, running her household without assistance, doing volunteer work with the disabled at Rosedon House, feeding the homeless with her beloved belated Fenner Kadalie, baking for the coffee shop at the Rehoboth Age Exchange and often preparing multi-course meals for her nine children and their families.
She was a God-fearing women, always in touch with the needs of those less fortunate and loved to be surrounded by family and friends. She was a most engaging women with an impish sense of humour and possessed and irrepressible spirit.
Farewell Joan Kadalie! You will never be forgotten and your legacy will live on in City Mission and in the lives of those you have touched.