Joanne (DeBacco) (Strong) Cossairt (1933 - 2018)

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Joanne Strong DeBacco Cossairt passed into the arms of the Lord on September 8, 2018. Joanne was predeceased by her parents, Vivian Hollis Davis and Harvey Preston Strong; first husband Adam DeBacco and second husband Dick Cossairt; sister, Diane Reuter; niece, Cheryl Ferrell. She is survived by her brother, Jack Strong; daughters Deborah DeBacco Weddle, Brenda DeBacco (Donna), Barbara Trojanowski, Dinah Parent (Brian), Rita Ferrero (Greg), sister-in-law Janet Mitchell (John). Grandchildren Jessalyn Manzer (Kevin), Ryan Trojanowski (Crystal), Laura Crisamore, Brian Weddle, Alexa Pickett, Victoria Ferrero and Adam Ferrero. Great grand-children Emma Trojanowski, Crew Trojanowski, Abigail Manzer, Benton Crisamore, and Samantha Manzer. Born February 9, 1933, Joanne was a descendant of a family who traveled the Oregon Trail, ending their voyage and settling in the ElK Grove-Florin area of Sacramento. Her great-grand-father, Mallet Case Jackson, invented and manufactured the Jackson Windmill and completed the woodwork in the State Capitol building. Joanne attended Donner School, Arden School, Grant Union High School and American River College where she specialized in color and interior design. She served as a 4-H community club leader for 15 years, where she conducted cooking, leathercraft and beekeeping classes, and supported the training of two Guide Dogs for the Blind. Joanne was a room mother for her 5 daughters and volunteered hundreds of hours to her beloved Sacramento community including Mercy Hospital, Senior Companions, Hart Senior Center, Sutter Retirement Community, and McKinley Rose Garden. She planned activities for 9 class reunions for Grant Union High School where she reconnected with and later married Dick Cossairt. She served as Hospitality Chairman for the Fair Oaks United Methodist Church where she and Dick attended church. In addition to her domestic and civic activities, Joanne managed the office in her first husband's business. Later, she went on to have a successful sales career at Gottschalk's, Nordstrom and other retailers, and established and managed Satin and Lace Bridal Boutique. Throughout her life, she achieved the following awards: Four Ladders of Success, Mary Kay Cosmetics; Outstanding Senior Companion, County of Sacramento; Woman of the Year, Ceramic Tile Institute. Most rewarding to Joanne was raising her 5 daughters, taking delight in cheering on her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Consistent with Joanne's savoring all life had to offer, she was an avid painter, knitter, scrapbooker and a fan of the 49ers, Kings, Neil Diamond and Tom Sullivan. Joanne housed Japanese exchange students and 4-H members in her home and corresponded with Italy family for 60 years. She also visited the Italian relatives on several occasions. She spent many memorable weekends at the family cabin at Dark Lake built by her uncle in 1938. She also enjoyed traveling the countryside in the 5th wheel with Dick, as well as visiting Fuller Lake. Join us in celebrating Joanne's life on September 30th at 2:00 pm at the Mission Oaks Community Center at 4701 Gibbons Drive in Sacramento, CA. Should family and friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Sacramento County 4-H program or to the Sutter Care at Home Hospice organization. Joanne asks that you perform an act of kindness to honor her memory.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 16, 2018