Joanne was born and grew up in Laguna Beach, California. She was the first daughter of Mildred and Stan (Doc) Hogan. Joanne was a beautiful and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister.
Growing up in Laguna Beach during the 40s and 50s was a wondrous time, filled with beach days and movie nights. Joanne was often seen swimming out beyond the waves at Main Beach with her kid sister Jacquie tagging along at the shore, and tap dancing at Barbara Peyton’s Dance Studio. Joanne and Jacquie performed tap dance routines together, and she and her friend Marilyn sang in Talent Shows at LBHS. Joanne also became the 1st Runner-up in the Miss Laguna Beach Contest of 1955, by far the most beautiful and talented of any of the contestants!
Joanne graduated from Orange Coast College, where she was also a Cheerleader. She began her business career as secretary to Hal Coward, the President of the Bank of America in Laguna Beach, where she met his son, Herb. It was love at first sight and Herb convinced her to marry him. They eventually made their home in Mission Viejo, Ca. where son,Todd, was born and raised.
Joanne held various positions during her business career, but greatly preferred the role of wife and mother. Her home sparkled and her family was always her top priority.
Joanne and Herb were loving lifelong partners. While on this earth, Joanne and Herb had a profound impact on the lives of those around them by living their full lives with integrity and enthusiasm. Son Todd, daughter-in-law Melanie, and grandson Scott directly benefited, as well as sister Jacquie and niece Heather. We fondly remember the many wonderful family gatherings and holidays at their home. Joanne and Herb had a knack for making each guest feel special and warmly welcomed.
Joanne maintained many close friendships in her lifetime, and will always be remembered for her sweetness, empathy, and thoughtfulness. She was able to make new friends feel immediately at ease by showing her eagerness to learn about their lives and interests. She never ever missed a birthday or any other occasion associated with family and friends and always sent handwritten notes with beautiful cards. I will miss her “Happy Birthday Song”, which always came by telephone close to dawn on my birthday.
In later years Joanne and Herb retired to a beautiful hilltop home in Grants Pass, Oregon. They enjoyed the 50’s feel of the town, often attending local parades and festivities. Herb built and drove a hotrod in a local parade. Joanne learned to can the blackberries that grew on their property, and they became stewards of their land and the environment of Southern Oregon. They were positive examples wherever they lived.
After Herb passed away, Joanne eventually moved to Ocean Hills Country Club in Oceanside, CA, where she participated in various clubs and local activities. She was visited often for overnights by grandson Scott, who enriched her life and rekindled her love of homemaking, even though she maintained a sign in the kitchen that said “This Chick’s Checked Out” - signifying her retirement from cooking. Joanne moved to Anaheim HIlls, California in recent years to be closer to son Todd, daughter-in-law Melanie, and grandson Scott. She was cared for by her close family until her death.
Written by Jacquie Katsones, Sister