Joan Carolyn Aggeler (1936 - 2017)

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Joan Carolyn Aggeler, known by many as "Granny", peacefully passed away on March 31, 2017 at the age of 81 in Juneau, Alaska.
Joan was born to Mary Josephine and Leo Ignatius Aggeler in Los Angeles, CA on January 1, 1936. She spent her childhood in Los Angeles, and following her mother and grandmother's path graduated from St. Mary's all girls Catholic Academy. Joan went on to attend the University of Mexico earning her Associates degree in Liberal Arts – where she met and married John Gibson. Their first daughter Virginia was born in Los Angeles, before moving to Portland, OR and having three more children: Elizabeth, Keith and Paul. She also buried three children in Portland, Diana, Lisa, and David. In 1968 the family relocated to Juneau, and there, Joan raised her children alone. Throughout her years in Juneau, she was employed at Lucas Motors, De Hart's, Horton's Hardware, University of SE Juneau, Airport Restaurant, and the State of Alaska. In 1972, Joan married Joe Ackermann and the family relocated to Atlin, B.C. where her youngest child Ernest was born. The family spent three years there before returning to Juneau and residing "out the road". There, Joan was a 4H livestock leader and maintained a large garden. She enjoyed gardening and sold vegetables wholesale to local restaurants and roadside. As the kids began leaving home to build families of their own, there were a few years spent in Dutch Harbor, AK, but Joan "Granny" found herself back in Juneau, surrounded by grandchildren.
Joan met Tom Hamer in 1991, and together they enjoyed the rest of her years traveling like snowbirds between Juneau, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, and her beloved Mexico. Joan "Granny" was well educated, had a sharp wit, and could recall events and history easily. Joan grew up in a time when the art of conversation was part of your social graces. She truly enjoyed people, was interested in knowing more about you, and she never forgot a face. Knowing Joan, you knew how colorful her character was and her wonderful sense of humor touched everyone. Joan did not collect belongings as she walked through life; she collected great friendships and loved her family with her whole heart. She is severely missed by all the lives she touched.
Joan is preceded in death by three of her children, both of her parents, her brother Billy Aggeler and two grandchildren Mellissa and Jessica Thorson. She is survived by her long-time and precious partner Tom Hamer of Juneau, her sister Janet Keavy of Lewiston CA, her children Virginia (Tim) Stoll of Juneau AK, Elizabeth (Al) Temple of Priest River ID, Keith (Cyndy) Gibson of Sitka AK, Paul Gibson of Fairbanks AK, and Ernie (Emily) Ackermann of Wasilla AK, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, niece and nephews in California, and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
When you remember Joan do it with a smile on your face and a "toast" to her in Heaven.
A memorial service in her honor will be held June 24th at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive, Juneau, AK at 11:30 am, with a gravesite ceremony at the Alaskan Memorial Park, 389 Riverside Dr. and at reception to follow at 4455 Dredge Lake Road, Juneau, AK. All are welcome, come share stories and look at the family memory books.
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St Paul's Catholic Church
9055 Atlin Dr
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-5529
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Published in The Juneau Empire from June 16 to July 15, 2017