Joan D. Lewis: Loved water skiing, traveling

Joan Lewis of Saratoga, Calif., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Aug. 18.

Joan, 83, was born in Fulton, daughter of Robert Edward Dyer and Mary Gertrude Crahan.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Robert (Bob) Lewis, her brother William Edward (Bud) Dyer and her sister, Kathleen (Tina) Dyer, both of Fulton, and her children James, Mary Schiefer (Scott), Ramon (Susan), and Rebecca Hogue (Allan) and eight grandchildren Zachary, Joanna, Dustin, Kimberly, Samantha, Nathan, Allan and Julie Anne and one great-grandchild, Leila Noelle.

Words cannot capture the spirit, grace and dignity of Joan, an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.

She enjoyed traveling but was most satisfied at home with her husband, children and grandchildren.  Joan loved playing bridge with friends, collecting stamps, nursing, sewing, knitting, water skiing in her earlier years and snow skiing in her later years.

Her children especially love watching old 8 mm film of Joan and Bob performing in amateur water ski shows on American Lake in Tacoma, Wash., with their water ski club, the “Totem Skiers.”

One of Joan’s favorite activities was dancing with Bob.  They were always the first couple on the dance floor, and often the last couple to leave it.  Although life was hectic raising four children, they always made an effort to go on dinner dates and spend time together.  It was truly a lifelong love affair.

Joan led an accomplished and well travelled life.  She completed nursing school at Crouse-Irving Hospital in 1951 and was a licensed registered nurse in California until 1995.

Her nursing positions included Lee Memorial of Fulton; St. Francis of Lynwood, Calif.; Community Hospital of Los Gatos, Calif.; Mission Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, Calif.  Also, she volunteered as school nurse at Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, Calif., for several years.

Bob’s work took the two on many adventures.  During Bob’s career at Container Corp. of America, they lived in Lynwood, Calif.; Tacoma, Wash.; Carson Park, Calif.; Mexico City, Mexico; Philadelphia, Pa. and Saratoga, Calif., where they have lived under the same roof for 52 years.

During their two and a half years in Mexico, Joan embraced the Mexican culture and language, becoming fluent in speaking, writing and reading Spanish.

Joan traveled with Bob on business trips to Tokyo, Japan and Valencia, Venezuela.  One of their fondest memories was having an entire big band and dance floor to themselves at an elegant hotel Venezuela.

After Bob retired, they traveled to Ireland, Greece and Italy.  They also were  dedicated members of the “Snowball Express,” a local group who took regular day trips to the ski slopes in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Joan was active in her church, Sacred Heart of Saratoga, Calif., serving as Eucharistic minister. She provided communion services at Saratoga Retirement Health Center for a number of years with Bob.

A funeral Mass was held Aug. 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Alameda Family Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

There will be a private burial for immediate family only.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, San Jose, Calif.

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