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Joan Andreas

February 22, 1934 - April 30, 2020

Joan passed away 4/30/2020 in her home at the age of 86.

 

Joan was born in Astoria, Oregon to John and Esther Willing on 2/22/1934. She joined two sisters, Carolyn and Marilyn. The family moved to Portland where Joan graduated from Girls Poly High School and went on to work at The County Hospital (now OHSU) and then Emanuel Hospital where she worked in the dietary department. 

 

Joan met Finley Andreas while working at the County Hospital. They were married on 8/10/1957. They were married for 55 years before Finley passed away 1/17/2012. Joan was a born homemaker, quitting work when son, Greg was born.

 

Joan took a great deal of pride in homemaking, cleaning, gardening and baking. She had boundless energy and as the family often joked, she “cleaned on top of clean”. She was enormously organized (never lost a sock in the laundry nor had a “junk drawer”). Everything had its place.

 

Joan was a devout Catholic. She was an active member of St Philip Neri parish for over 60 years. She was a member of the Altar Society and attended meetings regularly up to the time of her death. 

 

In the mid ‘70’s, Joan found herself unexpectedly returning to work to support her family. She did what she knew- she cleaned and eventually became self employed. 

 

Growing up in Portland and having never learned to drive, Joan was a master at commuting on Tri-met. In her later years she would often take the bus to St Philip Neri and to the Rose Center/Salvation Army Senior Center where she enjoyed participating in activities as well as day and overnight trips. 

 

Joan was very hard of hearing and required oxygen in recent years but she did not let this slow her down. She had multiple hobbies including card making, painting, sewing and baking. Her yard (with help from her grandson) was immaculate.

 

She had a strong work ethic and high expectations. She was not afraid to share her thoughts and opinions. She cared deeply about animals feeding multiple cats regularly at her back door.

Joan leaves behind son, Greg; daughter, Kim (Bob); son Eric (Connie) and grandchildren Zack, Brittany, Taylor and Brooke. She also leaves her sister, Marilyn, sisters in-law Mary Lou and Millie, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

 

Funeral Mass/Celebration of Life is on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Memorial donations to Salvation Army/Rose Center, St Philip Neri Altar Society if desired. Arrangements by Holman’s Funeral Service. 

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