2016-12-08 / Obituaries

Joan Radanovich

A lovely young lady, Joan Phillips from Inspiration, Ariz., then living in Berkeley and visiting a friend in San Francisco, looked on in wonder as the city erupted in jubilation at the announced end of the war in the Pacific and World War II.

Little did she know that she would soon meet a handsome soldier who fought in that war, desiring, like so many others, to put the horrors of it behind him and raise a family.

Joan was drawn to Mariposa through her father’s involvement in the fading gold mining industry, and her soon to be husband, George Radanovich, came to the community at the request of his brother. George and Joan met at the drug store at the corner of 6th and Charles Street in a situation involving the return of a box of stale chocolates. The year was 1947 and they were married in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Nov. 11, Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day.

Their first child was born in 1949 and seven more children followed, the last three after Joan was stricken with polio.

The sound of the bell of the courthouse clock, heard from their house on Mariposa Street, marked the days and years. That house that had served them well in the raising of their children had doubled in size to accommodate them, but they longed for more space and an orchard. Around 1970 they realized this long-held dream by purchasing a house and property on Ben Hur Road.

George died in 1996 and Joan faithfully carried on in her role as the matriarch of the family, which would eventually include 23 beloved grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. Selfless and loving, she always put her family and dear friends first. She was what we call a “people person.” But the greatest gift to her children, grandchildren, extended family and many friends was her abiding faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the Redemption He gave his life for.

As when all loved ones depart from us, she will be greatly missed, but all who knew her will agree that it was a life well lived.

“Precious in His sight is the death of His saints.” Ps. 116:15.

Joan Maris Radanovich was born Dec. 29, 1925 and died Nov. 28, 2016. She was the daughter of Elijah Edward and Alta Purdy Phillips. She was mother to Steve, Nancy, Carole, Mike, George, Gina, Sidney and Tony, and dear sister to Sidney Blackwell of Roseville, Calif.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Fellowship, 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa.

The family would like to thank Mariposa Home Health Hospice for their loving and tender care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Home Health and Hospice at P.O. Box 216, Mariposa, CA 95338 or to the charity of your choice.

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My love and many hugs go out

My love and many hugs go out to you dear family of Joan. She and I always connected,...she was a special person. Lee Thomas in Arizona

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