Joan Lipsey

Joan Lipsey

Joan Lipsey

Classmate Liane Lipsey Cooper lost her mother last week.  Here is the obituary from the Arizona Daily Star:

Joan Lipsey born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on December 26, 1930, died on March 16, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.

During Joan’s lifetime she lived in Iowa, California, Germany, Nebraska, Connecticut and Arizona. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs and continued her education in Advanced Dance in Chicago, Illinois and New York City. She also trained as a lab technician, “In case I broke a leg.” She was a retired teacher of dance (at one time she had three studios in Iowa). Besides Iowa, she also taught dance and aerobics—every kind—in Omaha, NE, Riverside, CA, Kaufbeum, Germany, Norwalk, CT, and Tucson, AZ.

She participated in the Omaha Community Theater activities as a technician and stage manager 1952-1954. Joan acted and danced in various productions of the Chanticlair Theatre Group Council Bluffs, IA, and theatre productions at Kaufbeum, Germany. She and Al moved to Tucson in 1983.

It was in Tucson that Joan became a “professional volunteer.” Her activities included membership of the Advisory Board of the UA College of Nursing; President of the UA Friends of the Cancer Center; member of the committees of the Friends of the UA Sarver Heart Center and UA Arthritis Center.

Joan and Al married in December 1954 at Offutt Air Force Base, NA. Her memory will live on forever since everyone who had the privilege of knowing her will never forget her pleasant smile, warmth, loving nature and sharp mind. She was a strong and courageous woman with tremendous spirit and will to live.

Survived by husband, Al Lipsey; daughter, Liane Cooper (David), Tucson; grandson, Michael Cooper, New York, City, NY and sister, Shirley Cherniss (Eddie), Fresno, CA. Joan was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy Davidson Krause; her father, Herman Krause and her sister, Beatrice Schneider (Ben). She was a member of Congregation Or Chadash.

Joan’s family would like to thank the Staff of TMC Hospice for their care and gracious comfort given. Also a special thanks for the wonderful care given Joan by her caregivers, Jacki Parks, Brenda Gooch and the caregivers from Arcadia. Joan will be missed as her life was summed up in love, courage and faith. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at East Lawn Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to The Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 19, 2015

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