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Joanne Dixon

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Dixon, Joanne Elizabeth

Joanne Dixon passed away January 25, 2012 at the age of 64 after a long struggle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare neurological disease.

Joanne was born December 5, 1947 in Oberlin, Ohio. The oldest of seven children, she grew up in Berkeley and later Moraga, California, where she graduated from Miramonte High School in 1965. She studied English Literature at UC Berkeley, earning a BA in 1968. She married her husband Brendan Michael (Mike) in Moraga in 1970.

After four years at Edwards AFB, CA during Mike's Air Force service, they moved to Pasadena in 1975. Joanne earned an MBA in Accounting from UCLA's Anderson School of
Management in 1977. She graduated in the top two percent of her class and the designation as a Carter Fellow. She was employed by Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells and became a CPA in 1980. Her son Brendan was born in 1980, followed by son Kenneth in 1983. She later worked with the CPA firm Nodar & Company for many years prior to her illness. She was an active member of St Andrew Church.

She enjoyed annual family vacations to UCLA's Bruin Woods at Lake Arrowhead, skiing, and trips with the boys to the beach, and cooking her favorite recipes. Her family was her greatest love. She was the treasure of Mike's life, and loved greatly by family and friends.

Joanne was preceded in death by her father, Richard Hacker, and brother: Thomas Hacker. She is survived by Mike, her husband of 41 years, her sons Brendan Ruchert-Dixon and Kenneth Dixon, daughter in law Miriam Ruchert- Dixon, grandchildren Sarah and Noah, by her mother Lisbeth Hacker, sisters Carolyn Kohn, Linda Wilson, Peggy Liddell, and Nancy Kalfayan, brother John Hacker, and many in laws, nephews and nieces. .

Her funeral was held January 30 at St Andrew Church, Pasadena. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the CurePSP ( in Memory of Joanne E. Dixon.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 2, 2012
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