Joan Louise Muenzer passed peacefully on Thanksgiving Day at home with family at her bedside. Joan was born in Millvale, Pennsylvania, to Daniel and Marie Saul. Joan graduated from Millvale High School in 1950 and married her high school sweetheart, Bob Muenzer in 1951. They were blessed with three children Rick, Bobby, and Vicky. They moved to Long Beach, California in 1955, following in the footsteps of her oldest sister, Melva. While Bob worked, Joan worked part-time for Van de Kamp's bakery and was devoted to raising her children and keeping the household in impeccable order.
Joan was highly organized and took great care of herself and everyone around her. She was known for her perfectly styled red hair, exercising daily, keeping her floors spotless, clipping coupons, and having dinner ready to serve promptly at 5:30 p.m.
Joan was a deeply loved and admired member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Long Beach for 65 years. She served as a Deacon, a leader of the church's women's group and advocate for the church's free after-school program to children of Long Beach called Rising TIDE.
She was also very involved in PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization) that provides educational scholarships to women worldwide. She served as president of her chapter 2008-2010.
Although she greatly enjoyed being involved in her community, her favorite role came later as a grandmother. She took great joy in spending time with her grandchildren and was very involved in their lives. She made sure to attend all birthday parties, graduations, sports games, dance recitals, etc. She was devoted, generous and loving.
Once Bob retired, they traveled around the world enjoying many trips with a group called, "Traveling Tigers." A few of their favorite trips were Tahiti, Hawaii, and a Mediterranean cruise.
She leaves behind a legacy of love, devotion, courage and strength. Her presence will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Joan is survived by her husband, Bob Muenzer, her 3 children, Rick Muenzer (Kristen), Bobby Muenzer (Lynda), Vicky Stanton (Duane), and 14 grandchildren: Melissa, Alex, Shealee, Tara, Arien, Ayden, Jace, Quinn, Mandy, Nikki (Daniel), Troy, Brianne (Brian), Bryant (Ammie), Laura and 2 great-grandchildren Everly and Gigi.
Those wishing to honor Joan's life are invited to donate to Long Beach Covenant Presbyterian's after school program RISING TIDE at www.covenantlb.org
or to Todd Memorial Cancer at memorialcare.org
Published by Gazette Newspapers from Jan. 5 to Jan. 21, 2021.