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Joan Tapp

Obituary Condolences


Passed away peacefully on January 4, 2014 of natural causes. She was surrounded by her loved ones. Joan was admired and loved by so many and will be missed by all.

One of five children, Joan grew-up in Ottawa and married Eric Tapp in 1940. Joan and Eric relocated to California in 1952. They settled in the San Fernando Valley where they raised six children. Joan began her career with Kaiser Hospital in 1973 where she enjoyed 15 years, never missing a day of work. In 1989, Joan and Eric moved to South Lake Tahoe ("God's Country"), where their daughter Vicky and her family lived.

Eric passed away on January 4, 1991 and soon after Joan again joined the workforce. She accepted a temporary position for One Stop Employment that lasted for several years, again never missing a day of work. Joan volunteered at Al Tahoe Elementary and Sierra House schools where she loved and was loved by the children and staff.

Joan was active with both the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center and the Tahoe Douglas Senior Center where she enjoyed dancing, bingo, and delivering Meals on Wheels. On many occasions you could find Joan at her favorite casino playing the slots. She was a member of Saint Theresa Church and was on the board of some of Lake Tahoe's civic organizations. Those who knew Joan would attest to her kindness, generosity and incredible spunk. She was truly one-of-a-kind.

Joan is survived by her six children, Michael (Diana), Susan, Elizabeth (Jim), Kathei (DJ), Vicky (Benny), and Maureen; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, as well as her brother, Robert, (Vancouver, Canada) and sister, Francis (Ottawa, Canada). She is preceded in death by brothers, Maurice and Emile; and sister, Girlie, all of Ottawa, Canada.

A celebration of Joan's wonderful life will be held 22 March 2014 in South Lake Tahoe at Saint Theresa Church in the spring, the time of year she loved so dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joan's name to Barton Home Health and Hospice, South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, or Alzheimer`s Support Group of South Lake Tahoe.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Jan. 26, 2014
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