In Loving Memory
Nov 01, 1935 – Jan 03, 2023
January 19, 2023; 11:00 AM
Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies
Interment will follow in the Canmore Cemetery
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Obituary of JoAnna Dutka
Professor Emeritus JoAnna Dutka died in Canmore, Alberta on January 3, 2023. Born in Canmore on November 1, 1935, the daughter of the late Joseph Anton and Agata Anna (Juskiw) Dutka, she was pre-deceased by her sister, Mary Nan, and is survived by her nephew, Benjamin Conover and her brother-in-law Derek Metcalf.
While growing up and completing her high school education in Canmore JoAnna developed enduring friendships and an affection for the mountains that never left her. She returned to Canmore and her community of friends whenever she could for summer jobs during her undergraduate years and later to hike, scramble and fish on her annual summer vacations.
JoAnna earned her BA and MA degrees from The University of Alberta and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music before coming to the University of Toronto for her doctorate in Medieval Studies. She joined the English Discipline Group at Erindale College (now UTM) in 1974 and remained with that faculty until her retirement. Her research focused on Medieval English drama, poetry, and music; children’s literature, especially of the eighteenth century; and Canadian literature and visual art, especially from Western Canada. She had been editing the Records of Early English Drama (REED) volume on Norwich to 1540 at the time of her death. Her publications range from the scholarly Music in the English Mystery Plays (1980) to Kathleen Daly: Canmore Workings (1987) and Sacred Heart Church: A Centennial Celebration (1993). Their breadth reflects her roots in both Toronto academia and Canmore in the West—its mountains and lakes and enduring friendships.
JoAnna was an outstanding, much-admired teacher; her accomplishments in the classroom were recognized with the prestigious OCUFA Teaching Award. Her extensive administrative service to the University included the positions of Associate Director, PhD; Acting Director of the Graduate Department of English; and Associate Chair of English for Erindale College. After retirement (mandatory), she continued to teach undergraduates part-time, at Trinity College (U of T), where she became a Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees. She also served on the Board of the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library.
She will be greatly missed by her many friends, colleagues, and students.
Flowers gratefully declined. Friends wishing to remember JoAnna
are encouraged to make a donation to their favorite charity, in her memory.