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Joan Gatt Weaver


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Joan Gatt Weaver Obituary
February 5, 1932 - February 4, 2017 Joan was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 5th, 1932 to Barbara and James Gatt. She attended Wayne State University and graduated with honors in Business Administration. She went to work at J. Walter Thompson Advertising Company immediately after college. Her love of travel drove her to pursue a career with TWA. She was stationed in San Francisco where she met her husband John Weaver, a Naval Aviator, in January 1957. They were married in March of 1958 at the Moffett Field Naval Air Station Chapel in Sunnyvale, California. John's squadron was soon deployed, so Joan went back to Oak Park, Michigan to be with her parents. Unfortunately, Joan's father, James, suffered a severe heart attack and passed away while Joan was there. She was integral in easing the family pain. A long list of duty stations followed for them both - a Western Pacific Cruise, Naval Postgraduate School, the USS Ranger CV 61 to Vietnam, the Air Force F111 Program in Dayton, Ohio, and the Navy F14 Program in Washington DC. They had four children - Laurel, Bryce, Marley, and John II. Joan made every move a new challenge and a pleasure for the whole family. She coordinated the children's sports practices/games, school plays, and dance classes. She was President of the Commanders Wives' Officer Club where she organized and provided support for women whose husbands were stationed abroad. Joan was an accomplished golfer - winning the Ladies Governor's two years in a row. After the children were grown, Joan returned to the travel industry where she led group tours throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. In 1990, Joan and John retired from the Navy and moved to Southern California. John joined Hughes Electronics and Joan enjoyed her friends, home, and family. Hughes moved them back to Washington DC and when the company merged with Raytheon - they went to Boston. In 2000, they moved back to California reuniting her with her four children and nine grandchildren. Joan and John retired in Manhattan Beach. She battled Alzheimer's disease in the final years of her life. John stayed by her side and cared for her at home. She is also survived by her sister, Aileen Ziegler. Joan is deeply missed by her family and friends. She was a beautiful loving wife and mother.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19, 2017
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