Joan J. Maness January 19, 1933 - April 10, 2014 Joan Maness was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the eldest of three sisters, to Jack Jensen and his wife Adela (Sanchez) Jensen. Joan graduated from High School in Mancos, Colorado. After coming to Tulare in 1960, Joan continued on to receive her BACHELOR'S OF ARTS and TEACHING CREDENTIALS from CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO and her Master's Degree from CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY BAKERSFIELD. Joan retired after 30 years of teaching second grade at Saint Aloysius School in Tulare, California where Joan was recognized and honored by WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICAN TEACHERS for her achievements and dedication as a teacher. Joan was also a Charter Member of CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS at Saint Aloysius Church. Only her love for her family could exceed the love and concern Joan felt for her students. March of 1951 Joan married her "High School Sweetheart", George Maness in Aurora, Colorado. Joan was working as a secretary after she had finished Business School and George, now in the Air Force, had received orders to Air Force Gunnery School. Their first son, Richard, was born in April of 1952. By the end of the year George and Joan were expecting another addition to their family, but fate would put tragedy in their path. Joan was attacked by POLIO and would spend almost a year in an IRON LUNG losing the twin boys they were expecting and being told that because of the POLIO she would never walk or use her arms again; she may never be able to hold her head upright again and the muscles that controlled her diaphragm (allowing her to breath) were permanently damaged. Joan's faith, courage and determination would not let her accept this prognosis and she pushed on in the face of the doctor's bleak diagnosis. Joan's faith and courage paid off; she was back home to her family and to work within six months of being removed from the Iron Lung and had recovered the use of her legs and arms. The next son, David Morgan Maness was born in May of 1955. Two years later, in 1957, George Arthur Maness III was born and the family would grow again to five. Two years later Joan would have her faith, determination and courage tested again. In 1959 David would be diagnosed with Leukemia and Joan would have to travel 200 miles round trip from Grants, New Mexico to Albuquerque, New Mexico, twice a week in winter weather through ice and snow on long open stretches of high desert highway to take David for treatment at the Albuquerque Cancer Clinic. Despite these heroic efforts, David died in May of 1960 followed by the birth of Gregory Allen Maness, the youngest son. That was the year that George and Joan moved their family to Tulare and started a new life here. George accepted a teaching job at Tulare Union High School and later Joan started teaching at Saint Aloysius School. It is here in Tulare that Joan, again had to face loosing yet another son. In September of 2008, George Arthur Maness III died of Cancer, leaving Joan with two of six sons left alive. Joan is survived by: George Arthur Maness - Husband of 63 years; Madelyn Halper - Sister, Jackie Hume - Sister; Richard Stanley Maness and his wife Carol - eldest Son and Daughter-in-Law; Gregory Allen Maness - Youngest Son; Gina Maness - Daughter-in-Law/Widow to George Arthur Maness III; Grandchildren: David Morgan Maness II and his wife Cristina, Shelley Raelene Maness, George Arthur Maness IV and his wife Natalie, Dane Maness and his wife Tauni, Richard Stanley Maness Jr., Sean Michael Maness, Ryan Maness, Kylie Rose Maness, Ian Maness, Jensen Maness; Great-Grandchildren: Mary Jane Maness, Issabella Maness, Katherine Maness, Jessica Saenz, Joshua Saenz, Jasper Saenz, Tanner Maness and George Arthur Maness V. Joan wanted all her friends, students, fellow teachers, etc. to know how grateful she was to have them in her life. Visitation will be 10 am to 12 pm, Monday, April 21, 2014 at Peers Lorentzen Funeral Chapel. Rosary and Mass will follow at 1:30 pm at St. Aloysius Catholic Church with burial following at North Tulare Cemetery.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Apr. 16, 2014
Peers-Lorentzen Funeral Service
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