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Obituary | Joanne Elizabeth Gerbrandt

Joanne took her last breath on September 20, 2018, at the age of 75 in the loving arms of her husband and into the arms of her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

Joanne lived in the Salinas Valley for over 70 years. She is the daughter of Frank and Ellen Luck who immigrated from England and Canada to the United States. After traveling down the Pacific Northwest Coast, their family settled in Salinas, California. Joanne graduated from North Salinas High School, Hartnell College, and San Jose State University. Joanne taught in the Soledad Unified School District for over 25 years and received the Erica Harden Award for excellence in teaching.

Joanne loved teaching. It was one of her deepest passions in life, after her love for Jesus, her husband, and her family. After her daughters were off to college and Joanne retired, you could find her volunteering at the local Soledad Library or visiting patients at the Eden Valley Care facility. Joanne had a passion for gardening and quilting. She loved hymns, singing in choirs, and playing the piano. She especially loved spending time with her two grandsons and going to their many sporting events and school activities.

Joanne was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She leaves behind Gary, her husband of over 56 years, her daughters Amy Wiley and Julie Rey and their husbands Keith and Steve, and two grandsons, Benjamin and Nathaniel Rey.

The family is very grateful for the many neighbors and friends that assisted Joanne and Gary in their last years of residing in Soledad, and for their support. They are thankful for the staff God provided through Palm Village Retirement and Memory Care Center in Reedley, California while Joanne was ending her earthly life.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Salinas, on 830 Padre Drive in Salinas, California, at 10:30 am, with a reception to follow immediately in the gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Hartnell College Foundation for assisting students with scholarships or to the Palm Village Retirement Legacy Fund for assisting seniors in Memory Care.


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