We Lost One of Our Members 6-8-18

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2018-07-08 07:45:49 -0500
Started 2018-06-09 11:06:38 -0500

For those of you who have been around for a long time you might recall Joan Popolo. She was one of our members for many years. I have kept in touch with her on a personal level and am sad to say that she died June 8th due to complications from a knee surgery she had last week. I spoke with her on the 5th and all seemed to be going well, but then I found out yesterday she had passed. I am deeply saddened, as her generous and loving soul will be missed from all who knew her.

Joan was fun and very caring. Her diabetes was actually a fluke in some ways. She came here in search of support. Later she found that her diabetic symptoms were from prolonged steroid use and after she stopped the treatment, she began suffering many lows. She was pulled off her meds and found that she had normal levels after that. Her participation slowed here a lot, but many of us kept in touch.

She lived alone with her fur babies Freddy, Faith and Frieda. Her activism for animals was very much in the forefront of her life. Often trying to find homes for shelter animals.

She loved God and enjoyed crafting. Having crocheted many items that served as her income. I am privileged to have had her do a few for me. Her creative talent was inspiring. Her love for music found her in the church choir and we were even talking just a week or so ago about her wanting to get back into her violin. Her attitude of "never give up" got her through many personal struggles that served as a shining light to those who understood the daemons she often faced. There was always a smile on her face and love in her heart.

I will miss her.

8 replies

Smiles33 2018-06-18 03:06:27 -0500 Report

Hi. I was very close friends with Joan for over 7 years. I just wrote part of things for the funeral tomorrow June 18. I can post it if you all want me to. Joan was my best friend. My empathy to all. Psalm 91.

BB42 2018-06-10 08:29:55 -0500 Report

I have not had the pleasure of knowing Joan. Form you description, she was an incredible human being. So sorry for your loss

msann 2018-06-10 08:27:33 -0500 Report

so sorry to hear about Joan i will be praying for her family it has been long time since i chatted with her she was a social person on here glad you let all of us know

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-06-09 13:30:57 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby, thanks so much for sharing this with us. I always appreciated Joan and her upbeat posts, and was in touch with her personally from time to time over the years. She was a very smart and kind person, who really cared about other people. A true animal lover, for sure. And extremely talented at crafts. I will miss her. I really appreciate that you took the time to let us know about her passing.

GabbyPA 2018-06-09 14:50:50 -0500 Report

It was such a shock to us all. One day she seemed fine and then gone. I know lots of members leave here never to be heard of again, and I always wonder how they are. I thought at least this time, I could put one to rest properly. She spoke so highly of you and I know you helped her a lot. She holds a very special place in my heart.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-06-12 18:47:45 -0500 Report

So sad. Really such a kind person. I am again reminded of the importance of letting people you care about know how you feel about them. And I know what you mean. I often think about members who have disappeared from the site, and hope they are okay. Thanks for letting me know that I was helpful to Joan, that means a lot to me.

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