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Joan W. Bleiler Cassou
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Birth: Nov. 4, 1936
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 2010
Alameda County
California, USA

Joan W. Cassou, 74, died peacefully at her home on December 7th, after a year-long battle with cancer.

She was the daughter of Elizabeth and Adolph Bleiler, older sister to Susan, Joan was born November 4th, 1936 in Oakland, California.

Joan was a long time Oakland resident prior to moving to Piedmont in 1981. Joan graduated from Oakland High School, and later San Jose State University where she received her Business Degree and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

In 1958 she married Larry Cassou a marriage that would last 46 years till his passing in 2004. As a mother, Joan made sure her two sons were self sufficient, ready for the world, grounded and had the best educational opportunities.

Joan was a member of the Claremont County Club since 1972, and in the past had long time membership with Junior League and Bellevue Club. She was an avid bridge player, who always played for fun, but loved to challenge herself with tournament play. She loved to read, do the daily San Francisco Chronicle crossword puzzle, play cards, work in her garden, and remain very social with a broad list of friend.

She also loved her trips to Carmel, and her yearly visit to Mexico. Friends and family have fond memories of their visits to the Boulder Creek Cabin where Joan's hospitality fostered fun and relaxation during the summer months. They also remember the many relaxed parties and gatherings she hosted at the Buckeye Avenue house in Oakland.

She is survived by her sons Robbie Cassou and Larry Cassou Jr., grandsons Michael and Thomas Cassou, Brother-in-law Van Burkhart and Ray Ybarra, Sister-in-law Odette Ybarra, nephews Steve Parker, and Jake Burkhart, and nieces Elizabeth Burkhart and Lynn Parker-Peterson.

Memorial services: January 9, 2010 - Claremont County Club from 12-2p.m. 
Family links: 
  Adolph Marion Bleiler (1901 - 1975)
  Elizabeth B. Martin Bleiler (1907 - 1977)
  Laurence P. Cassou (1935 - 2004)
  Adolph Marion Bleiler (1925 - 1954)**
  Joan W. Bleiler Cassou (1936 - 2010)
*Calculated relationship
Maintained by: James Edward Martin
Originally Created by: Diane
Record added: Dec 18, 2010
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Joan W. <i>Bleiler</i> Cassou
Added by: Diane
Joan W. <i>Bleiler</i> Cassou
Added by: James Edward Martin
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"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die".
- Diane
 Added: Mar. 20, 2011
I guess our family get together will now have to wait. I wondered why NO christmas card this year. You never even told me you were sick.Your 2nd cousin, James Edward Martin in Sonora, Calif.jemartin52@yahoo.comIf your sons Laurence & Robert come accros...(Read more)
- James Edward Martin
 Added: Mar. 17, 2011
Rest in peace, Joan.
- Diane
 Added: Dec. 18, 2010

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