Joanie, Margaret Joan Kanaski, was so very unique, a one-of-a-kind woman, filled with love, passion and caring. Joanie could make you laugh and forget your worries and woes. Her hugs gave so much warmth that it melted your heart.
Joanie was able to get me to come out of my shy shell and do things I probably would never have done. She expanded my horizons. She got me to set aside my fears.
Joanie was always laughing and she helped me recover from severe pneumonia with her comedic antics. She was at my side through tears and laughter.
Joanie and I even worked together at a Shakey's Pizza parlor and laughed every day!
We did volunteer work at the Anaheim Serviceman's Center from 1970-1974 when Vietnam ended. We had also spent time visiting injured soldiers at Camp Pendleton and El Toro and entertaining them. She would imitate Lily Tomlin (look her up) doing the telephone operator and when I answered the phone and heard, "Is this the party to whom I am speaking?" I knew it was Joanie.
She would also imitate Lily Tomlin as Edith Ann, the little girl.
She got us volunteer girls to put on a luau and hula in them! Such a fun silly thing to do.
Joanie approved of my husband and was at my side when we married in 1976.
Joanie made the dress she wore for my wedding and it was so lovely! She was quite talented!
Joanie, Sue and I were dear friends and we could be regular old ladies....
or silly ones, and feel comfortable with each other.
I will miss her. I am thankful to have had her in my life and to have shared in her love and laughter.
She will be so missed.