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Obituary Condolences

Joan Eileen Virostko

Resident of San Carlos, CA

Age 86, passed away Saturday May 1, 2010 at Sequoia Hospital after a brief illness. She was born March 8, 1924 on the island of Barbados in the West Indies. She is survived by her sister Marjorie Nelson of Ft Myers, FL. and her brother Harold Ward of Sun City, AZ. Joan was preceded in death by her sister Phyllis Jacobs and brother Allen Ward. She met and married Joseph Virostko of Indiana a Navy Ensign during the war in 1945 as a member of the British Army stationed in Washington DC. They raised 6 children Stephen Virostko of Santa Cruz, CA, Doug Virostko of Santa Cruz, CA who preceded her in death 3 years previous, Ryan Virostko of Santa Cruz, CA, Keith Virostko of Jackson Hole, WY, Katherine Martin of Greenfield, CA, and Suzi Boothe of San Carlos, CA. Her grandchildren Troy, Darryl, Lani, Melissa, Kirstyn, Kyle, Colette, Nick, Nicole, Travis, and Brian were the joy of her life.

Mrs. Virostko retired in the mid 1980's from the State of California after a 30 plus year career in the highways department where she was very much loved for her work and sense of humor around the office. After retiring Joan volunteered at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, CA as a docent and tour guide. Joan loved attending the annual Christmas event at Filoli and enjoyed the holiday shopping. Of course dressing up was a big part of the annual party. Travel was important and Joan enjoyed many cruises around the world, the luggage accumulated attested to that. She was also fond of the arts, and took part by painting with watercolors and doing needle point work. She loved to play cards with her group of friends and would make monthly lunch outings to various locations to catch up with old friends. But her most important gatherings were with her children, sons and daughters in laws, and grandchildren. Her sense of humor was legendary around the family and she could command an audience by her smile alone. Known for her forthright opinions balanced by common sense and compassion those who knew her will appreciate this insight. She was a lifelong Democrat and proud of that. Mostly she believed in social justice for all. A toast to her life would include Beefeaters Gin on the rocks, with lemon of course.

Her cremated ashes will be set to rest in a private memorial at sea.

A service celebrating her life will be held for those family and friends that wish to attend at Woodside Village Church in the sanctuary, 3154 Woodside Rd. Woodside, CA, 94062 Sunday June 27, 2010 at 2pm-5pm. Reception to follow, immediately after.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 20, 2010
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