Joann Gutzmer, 64, of Everett, passed away peacefully at home with her family on January 12, 2014 after a one-month battle with cancer. Joann was born on December 21, 1949 to Richard and Antonia Olszewski in Chicago, IL. She moved to Everett, WA, with her husband Ronald Gutzmer in 1978. Joann will be remembered for her work as a teacher in the Everett Public Schools for many years. Joann loved her work as a teacher and continued to volunteer with Silver Lake Elementary after retiring. She loved traveling by RV with her husband. Together Joann and Ron have traveled much of the United States, taking extended trips with their two dogs. Joann loved her time traveling in Australia as well. Joann is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Antonia Olszewski. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Gutzmer; daughter, Jen Gutzmer; sister, Lenore Goff; niece, Anne and husband, Tom; and nephew, John. Joann's family extends their most sincere thanks to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and Providence Hospice of Snohomish County.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Feb. 2, 2014