She fought a valiant fight against cancer.
My heart is not breaking for her, because I know she is rejoicing with the Lord.
My heart is breaking for Gerald, their sons Darvin and Kerry, their daughter-in-law, Kellie, and their grandchildren Kelby and Harrison. My heart is breaking for her mother, sister, brother, and extended family. My heart is breaking for Gerald’s siblings and extended family. My heart is breaking for us and each of her friends.
Gerald’s parents and my parents were good friends, so I have not known life without him in it. I met Joanne in seventh grade when our local grade schools came together at Manheim Central High School.
Joanne’s and my friendship began when we double-dated. It developed into an even stronger relationship after we both married in the fall of 1963. We have laughed and cried together, visited in each others homes, traveled, camped, and attended our children’s weddings.
Our birthdays are the same month – mine February 8, hers February 10.
She was an excellent cook and skilled gardener.
I was blessed to have her as a friend and know I will see her again – in Heaven – but earth is going to be a bit emptier without her.