Obituary: Joan Tapp |

Obituary: Joan Tapp

Joan passed away peacefully on January 4, 2014 of natural causes at the age of 93 surrounded by her loved ones. Joan was admired and loved by so many and will be missed by all.

One of five children, Joan grew up in Ottawa, Canada and married Eric Tapp in 1940. Joan and Eric relocated to California in 1952. They settled in the San Fernando Valley where they raised six children. Joan began her career with Kaiser Hospital in 1968 where she enjoyed twenty years, never missing a day of work. In 1989, Joan and Eric moved to South Lake Tahoe (“God’s Country”), where their daughter Vicky and her family lived.

Eric passed away on January 4, 1991 and soon after Joan again joined the workforce. She accepted a temporary position with One Stop Employment which lasted for several years, again never missing a day of work. Joan volunteered at Al Tahoe Elementary and Sierra House schools where she loved and was loved by the children and staff.

Joan was active with both the South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Douglas Senior Centers where she enjoyed dancing, bingo, and delivering Meals on Wheels. On many occasions you could find Joan at her favorite casino playing the slots. She was a member of Saint Theresa Church and was on the board of some of Lake Tahoe’s civic organizations. Those who knew Joan would attest to her kindness, generosity and incredible spunk. She was truly one-of-a-kind.

Joan is survived by her six children, Michael (Diana), Susan, Elizabeth (Jim), Kathei (DJ), Vicky (Bennie), and Maureen; ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; as well as her brother, Robert, (Vancouver, Canada); and sister, Francis (Ottowa, Canada). She is preceded in death by brothers, Maurice, Emile; and sister, Girlie, all of Ottowa, Canada.

A celebration of Joan’s wonderful life will be held in the spring, the time of year she loved so dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joan’s name to Barton Hospice, Tahoe Douglas Senior Center, or South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.

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