Former Lögberg-Heimskringla editor Joan Eyolfson Cadham has passed away unexpectedly at her home in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. She was found at her desk on the morning of Wednesday, October 28th by a friend who had gone to her home to take her to a medical appointment.
Upon hearing of her death, L-H board chair Peter Johnson praised Joan for her devoted service to the paper during her tenure as editor. “She was a gifted writer whose love of all things Icelandic shone through her work.” Current editor Stefan Jonasson added, “our staff and volunteers are heartbroken by the news of Joan’s unexpected passing. Her lively spirit, joyous whimsy, and shining creativity enlivened the pages of our paper and she set a high standard of excellence.”
Raised on a farm near Leslie, Saskatchewan, Joan attended a one-room country school until her family moved to Foam Lake. After completing high school, she moved to Toronto and began writing professionally. A combination of frequent moves, owing to her first husband’s career, and the arrival of her children – Joe, Ruth, and Inga – led to a break from writing, but the urge to write for a living was eventually rekindled. She returned to Foam Lake in 1992, with her second husband, Jack Cadham, and resumed her creative work as a freelance writer, editor, and storyteller. In addition to books and articles of her own, she helped numerous aspiring writers bring their works to publication.