Joan Sandra Werner
A 4th generation San Franciscan, passed away peacefully at her longtime home in Sausalito on Thursday, May 14th surrounded by her family. Joan was born in San Francisco on April 28, 1938, to Marjorie and Joe Blumenfeld. Joan was the second of four children, older brother Allan, and younger siblings Carol, and Bob. She is pre-deceased by her parents, brother Allan, and former husband Arthur Werner. Joan raised 4 children, all born in San Francisco - Brad (Lei Ann), Billy, Susan and Robbie - and was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren - Matt, Rachel, Owen and Kameron.
Joan graduated from Lowell High School and soon after married Art. Joan and Art moved to various homes in San Francisco, but their home on Jackson Street was their favorite.
Early in their marriage Joan began taking cooking classes from some of the elite cooks in San Francisco, including Judith Ets-Hokins who she later worked for giving cooking lessons and running the Laurel Village store. Joan was widely known around The City for her cooking and lavish entertaining. Radio host Dan Sorkin often gave her shout outs after eating Joan's wonderful meals.
Joan had a competitive streak and loved playing tennis and cards. She joined the Rafael Racquet Club to get the family out of the summer fog and so that she could play in the tennis league. She grew up playing cards including bridge, hearts and gin rummy and passed her love of cards on to her kids. Spirited card games were played at their Jackson Street house and on the many vacations the family took. Most recently Joan was a highly respected tournament bridge player.
Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40's with a recurrence 15 years later ultimately succumbing to the disease after a battle of close to 35 years. Joan was a fighter and never gave up. She was willing to do whatever it took to defeat the cancer and extend her life so that she could spend time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.
The family will be holding a private burial. A celebration of Joan's life with her family and many friends will be held beginning at 1pm on May 28th at the Spinnaker restaurant in Sausalito. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to her favorite charities, University of Texas, MD Anderson School of Medicine and the Marin Humane Society where accounts have been established in her name.
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Published by San Francisco Chronicle from May 21 to May 24, 2015.