JoAnne Dorothea Sheldon Dodge(June 16, 1931 + December 28, 2012)

JoAnne Dorothea Sheldon (Dodge) June 16, 1931- December 28, 2012 JoAnne Dorothea Sheldon (Dodge), born in Fargo, North Dakota, June 16, 1931, left this earth to see her Lord face-to-face on December 28, 2012. JoAnne moved from Fargo to Atascadero, California at age 10. In 1951, she met her future husband, Paul, in Templeton, California where she worked as a bank teller, and where Paul worked as a teacher. One day, at her counter at the bank, he awkwardly asked her "What do people do for fun around here?" They married in August 1952, and shared almost 54 years together. Paul predeceased her in March 2006. JoAnne worked as a bookkeeper at Ming and "H" Drugs for over 40 Years. Her family is greatly indebted to Frank Fornasero who was the epitome of a considerate and generous employer. JoAnne was an avid golfer and spent many years enjoying recreational tennis. Much of her time and energy was unselfishly devoted to all of her grandkids whom she adored. JoAnne was the consummate wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and will be remembered dearly by those she leaves behind, who are her children, Paul, a.k.a Bunky(Nesi), Joel(Pam), Susan Lonsinger (Dave), Greg(Melissa); her grandchildren, Drew, Derek, Taylor, Scott, Sarah, Robbie, Katie, Amy, Melissa, Megan, Hayley(deceased), Riley, Brett, and Samantha; and 4 great grandchildren. JoAnne's family would like to thank the staff of The Park for the compassionate care they provided for her over the last few years. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 11th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road, Bakersfield. Because JoAnne had a huge heart for kids, she became a trained volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) so, In Lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be mailed to CASA, 2000 24th St. #130, Bakersfield, California 93301.

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2013