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Joan Luders Obituary
Joan Ann Luders

April 13, 1930 - January 2, 2019

Our loving mother, Joan Ann Luders, passed away in San Carlos on January 2, 2019, with her family at her side.

A native-born San Franciscan, Joan was the daughter of Olga and Jack Marinkovich. She attended Marina Junior High School where she played piano for the footlight follies and met her lifelong friends Jackie McInerney, Pat Neumeister, Joan Lowart, Mary Thompson, Anstell Ricossa, Jo Scurrah and Nida Quilici. The girls formed a club called CHICKS—for Chicks Here In Club Kinda Sweet. They kept in touch and visited each other regularly all throughout their lives.

Joan went to Galileo High School where she met the love of her life, Herb Luders, at a school dance. It didn't take long for the two to know they were meant for each other. After high school, Joan went to San Francisco City College where she received her AA degree in math. Herb was drafted into the Army and served in Korea from 1951 to 1952. They became engaged before he went overseas. While he was gone, Joan worked at a bank and they wrote to each other on a daily basis. Before his tour of duty came to an end, he wrote to Joan and told her he wanted to get married as soon as he got home. Joan thought, "What if I don't like him anymore when he gets home?" considering they hadn't seen each other for 18 months. Her fears were put to rest the minute she saw him get off the transport ship. They were married in January 1953 and moved to Daly City to begin their new life together.

As a young woman, Joan followed in her mother's footsteps and joined the American Yugoslav Women's Club, a philanthropic organization devoted to fundraising for children in need. Joan was president of the organization for many years and saw it raise funds for groups like the San Francisco Recreation Center for the Handicapped. During this time, Joan and Herb raised three children—Nancy La Bash (Donald), Janice Braun (Jerome) and Michael Luders (Melanie). Besides her philanthropic work, Joan found herself leading Girl Scout Troop 511, participating in the school PTA and joining in church activities.

Once Michael was in school, Joan decided to go back to work. For a while, she worked for a construction company but soon found herself working at a doctors' office in Burlingame. She eventually became the office manager, supporting three neurosurgeons—Paul Pitlyk, Ted Baiz and Joseph Izzo. She ran the business for over 30 years until she retired. Joan worked hard during those years and helped the family fulfill a dream of leaving the Daly City fog and moving to beautiful Millbrae where she lived for 46 years.

After retiring, Joan and Herb travelled throughout the United States with family and friends. Joan always loved spending time with their children and grandchildren, Jennifer Hedgecock (Coty), Julie Luders, Erik Braun and Amanda Braun. Living close to Jennifer and Julie, Joan and Herb enjoyed taking the girls to softball, soccer and swimming practice.

Most of all, Joan will be remembered for being a friend to so many people. She was known for her ability to meet an individual and know everything about that person's family history in a matter of minutes. In her later years and especially after Herb's passing, she spent many hours visiting with friends, old and new alike.

We wish to give special thanks to Joan's caregivers from Carlmont Gardens, Amore Home Health, and The San Carlos Elms and to the doctors and nurses at Sequoia Hospital who helped her through her final days.

Visitation begins at 5pm followed by a Rosary Vigil at 6pm on Thursday, January 10th at Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home, 977 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Friday, January 11th at St. Charles Parish, 880 Tamarack Ave., San Carlos. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to a .


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2019
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