Joan got me interested in figure skating back in 1976. I was one of her adult pupils (2 years younger than Joan). She successfully coached me through all of my preliminary tests including the dance tests. Our friendship grew from there. As I write this I am getting ready for a party she used to attend. Haven't thrown this for about 20 years, but back in the day she was usually a guest. She also helped with the painting of our kitchen and other rooms on several remodels.
I continue to be active with figure skating both on and off the ice. That is her most treasured gift to me. We last visited over lunch a few years ago, when her disease was progressing, but she was still involved in caring for her parents. She had such a good heart, and used her many talents to always help other people. She led a good life.