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DIGIOVANNA, Joanna Joanna DiGiovanna was born in Santa Rosa, Calif., July 11, 1947 to Ray and Mildred Brackett. At the young age of 11 they moved to Lancaster, Calif., where she would spend a majority of the rest of her life. After graduating locally from Antelope Valley High School, class of 1965, Joanna obtained her Bachelors Degree from Fresno State University and her Masters in Education from University of Arizona in 1976. She committed all of her time teaching and inspiring students in the Lancaster School District for 38 years until she retired in 2008. Joanna was passionately devoted to her husband Albert DiGiovanna, the one and only love of her life. After his sudden passing in 1997, she remained widowed and never remarried. Joanna led an active lifestyle. She had a great appreciation for American History and led numerous educational field trips to Washington DC. Her spirits reached their echelon whenever she was involved with her students academics and extracurricular activities. It was not uncommon for her to be the first one to arrive and last one to leave campus. Refusing to stop at just teaching, she worked as a zealous CJSF adviser as well. Above all, Joanna was a true humanitarian. Her philanthropy continued after retirement with her elected service as the CJSF Vice President for the entire South Central California region. Her passions expand beyond just education. She also served as the Secretary of the Baha'i organization of Lancaster. She had a rich spiritual side. Her faith was as strong as her personality. Joanna DiGiovanna was a born leader, who motivated and inspired countless others. June 14, 2016 the world lost one of the most genuine and benevolent spirits to a lengthy, arduous battle with cancer. She was diagnosed with stage four primary peritoneal cancer in 2012. She remained positive and proceeded to live her life actively, refusing to let cancer rule her. She will be survived by her children Marcus DiGiovanna and Sarah Eaton, two grandchildren Jaryn and Haydn Eaton, and her two brothers Gregory and Bill Brackett. A celebration of life will be held at Joshua Memorial Park Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm. The chapel is located at 808 E. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster, Calif., 93535. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Santa Barbara Zoo or CJSF.

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