Obituary: Joan P. Anderson |

Obituary: Joan P. Anderson

Sept. 28, 1926 – Jan. 25, 2012

Joan passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her children she held so dear to her heart. She was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in Piedmont. She attended Piedmont High, completing high school in three years and then attended UC Berkeley completing her college education in also just three years. She had quite an accomplished career in advertising until suffering a stroke at 55 years young leaving her unable to return to work. Joan spent the next 30 years setting an example for her children and grandchildren of how to live life in the face of adversity. She became our hero, our pillar of strength and courage, truly an amazing woman, and will be missed beyond belief.

Joan was married in 1951 to LeRoy Marvin Anderson and they moved to Walnut Creek. They had 39 years together until LeRoy (aka Andy) passed away in 1990. She enjoyed golf, camping, boating and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved the Truckee area so they built a cabin on Donner Summit where many family vacations were spent. She taught us to snow ski, water ski, golf, and cook! She also enjoyed her gardening and was an avid reader. She enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to have been able to visit places such as Hawaii, Spain, Alaska, Canada and various places within the United States.

She is survived by her loving children: Leslie Silva and husband David, Eric Anderson and wife Kathleen, 5 grandchildren, Kelly Stahl, Ryan Silva, Lindsey Morrison, Sharron Anderson, Christopher Anderson and 3 great grandchildren, Alexis, Josie and Blake. Her sister Mary Elizabeth Fryer also survives her as well as nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews, and friends. Her husband, Andy, and sister Ithira Riner preceded her in death.

There will be a scattering at sea and a celebration of her life on February 10th.

Donations can be made in her memory to the American Stroke Foundation,