Joseph Leandre Arseguel

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  • "Dear Ariege and family, I was saddened to hear of Joe's..."
    - Mary Colson
  • "I met Joseph when he visited Antwerp, Belgium in the 70's..."
    - Peter Doggen
  • "Joe was my housekeeper, cook, and shiatsu practitioner from..."
    - John O'Leary
  • "Joe was a sweet man with boundless curiosity and compassion."
  • "I knew Joe during his time in Boston in the early 1980s. ..."
    - Gerry Harvey
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Recently of Forestville, Joe passed away at his home, succumbing to emphysema. He was 74. A French native, Joe emigrated to the US with his parents Leon and Antoinette Arseguel in 1953. He attended Darrow School and Middlebury College and lived in New York City. In 1958 he moved west and worked as sommelier at his parents' famed San Francisco restaurant, Chez Leon. It was there that he met Miriam Waksman, his future wife and with whom he would raise three children. In 1962 they met the Macrobiotic visionary Georges Ohsawa at a summer camp in Big Sur and would have their lives forever changed through the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy. In 1972 they bought an 11-acre former horse ranch on Ross Branch Road in Forestville and would transform it into an early self-sustaining organic family farm. In 1980, the marriage over, Joe moved to Boston to further his Macrobiotic studies with Michio Kushi. He practiced and taught shiatsu and nutrition and operated a study-house until returning to Sonoma County to care for his ailing parents. He is survived by his three children, Benjamin Arseguel who lives in the Southwest, Ariege Arseguel of Sebastopol, and Sebastien Arseguel of San Francisco; as well as two grandchildren, Stella and Hugo Sappington. A memorial will be held on May 1st for friends and family. Email contact: [email protected]
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 3 to Apr. 6, 2011