Joann Branco, wife of Dave Branco for 41 years and a cherished member of our community, passed this week with her husband and children by her side.
Joann, the quiet, reserved one in the family, was nonetheless always ready with a wave, a hello or a cookie for neighborhood kids. As the circle of her later years became smaller, those who joined her felt privileged.
Joann was born and spent her youth in Grundy, Va. Moving to California in 1965, she met her husband and they married in 1975. She provided in-home health care services until she retired after 25 years. It was a job she loved, but she was glad to leave it.
She is survived by her husband Dave Branco; her children Foster Rife, Cindy Holloway of McKinleyville; grandson David Hinman of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter Jackie Grippin, and granddaughter Jessica Grippin of New Mexico.
Sitting outside on sunny afternoons, teasing her rambunctious 5-year-old neighbor, tolerating a big frisky dog, she enjoyed sharing a wry political comment or two in her soft southern accent. She was a sweet gentle woman and part of our neighborhood heritage.
Joann is missed by all who knew her.