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Joan’s Philanthropy

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 by in Misc |

joan gaelOur wonderfully loving and creative wife, mother, sister and grandmother and friend, Joan Barsotti, was born Oct 22, 1939 in Vancouver, Canada. She married her college beau, Gael in 1963. They were blessed with three children: Karen, Cathy (Matt) and Michael (Mindy) and six grandchildren: Michael, Nicholas, Matthew, Lindsay, Mark, Mia ... and Annie.

She liked to tell people she lived on an orchard, in a log house, in front of a forest with her husband of 47 years. She loved everything about it…including the large open spaces for her grandchildren to play and for friends to get together and the new garden that Gael had planted just for her.

She loved people, and was a friend to everyone. Her motto was that there are no strangers, just friends she hasn’t met yet. It’s as if she knew her purpose in life was to make other people feel good – and that’s exactly what she did – every – single – day.

Joan was an integral part of this community. She was involved in so many clubs, boards and organizations that we don’t have room to list them all here – but as a start…

Gold Country Board
4-H Camino Go-Getters
Apple Hill Growers Association Board

Hospice Board
Bridge Clubs (3)
CASA Board
Camino Writers Association
Shakespeare Club
People to People International

She belonged to these groups because she truly wanted to make a difference. And she did.

Today we continue the celebration of her memory with The Joan Barsotti Memorial Foundation that provides her community with scholarships and other gifts of gratitude.  In this way ... her legacy continues!

Click HERE for more information.

About The Author & Illustrators

joan mugJoan Barsotti (October 1939-August 2010) lived in an orchard, in a log cabin, next to a forest. She wrote and published children’s picture books and was a popular visiting author at elementary schools throughout Northern California.  [more]



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