Sr. Joan ministered in the Diocese of San Bernardino for 28 years. She taught at St. Thomas School, Riverside (1957-1960) and at St. Edward School, Corona (1981-1991). She was principal of Sacred Heart School in Palm Desert from 1991-2003 and returned there as a volunteer from 2005-2007. From 2004-2005 she volunteered at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
Services were held in Assisi House on January 18. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.