Joan C. Cieloha

February 19, 1937July 1, 2014

Joan Charlene Cieloha was born at Emanuel Hospital to Joseph and Matilda Guerrera. When Joan was a toddler her father passed away and her mother remarried. She was known as Joan Stronach during her school years. Joan attended Joseph Lane Grade School and Franklin High School.

Joan was married to Leon Cieloha on September 1, 1952. They had three children (Randy, Richard, Lori) and Joan was very proud and protective of her family. She was also thrilled with the births of her three grandchildren and she truly enjoyed watching them grow up, go to college and become young adults.

First and foremost, Joan was a mother and a homemaker. In the 70’s, she sold Home Interiors and after that worked several years at Casual Corner. Around the house, she was very organized and detail-oriented. She loved shopping, decorating and helping others decorate. Joan was very sociable and loved getting together with friends. Her close group of friends had many adventures. They often met at Poncho’s, Country Kitchen, held “burrito parties”, went on vacations together (Mexico, Lake Shasta). The children fondly remember road trips to Burbank, CA to see Joan’s good friends Florence, Dutch and daughter Evelyn. Joan also enjoyed meeting new people and learning all about them. At every store she had a favorite clerk. At every restaurant there was a favorite waiter/waitress.

Joan passed away peacefully at her home with her daughter by her side. She fought a difficult battle with COPD and emphysema for many years. Since 1996, she had been hospitalized and intubated four times. Each time she fought her way back to health and amazed her family, friends and doctors. Thank you to Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Barker for your professional help and especially your personal friendship over the years.

Joan was always indebted to the Stroud family for their love and support during her early years. To this day, Joan considered Joyce Stroud Gago her oldest and dearest friend. She is survived by her husband, Leon; half-sister Diane (Ed); children Randy (Liz), Rick, Lori (Shelley); grandchildren Ty, Colin and Brianne. The family wishes to thank the caregivers that provided comfort, support, love and care over the past six months - Kim, Marilyn, Linda, Cindy, Judy and Helen.

The family is having a private internment. There will be a celebration of Joan’s life on August 8th from 4pm to 7pm at Eastmoreland Golf Course.

Please visit the guestbook and portion of this site and enter a special memory or message. Thank you.

Arrangements under the direction of Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 4101 NW Skyline Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, 97229 (503) 292-6611


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Cynthia Parries

August 6, 2014

I am so sad to hear this news. She was one in a million -- and I will miss her so much! I too have many fond memories of hallmark cards, long talks and watching her fight back. Hugs to all of you....please keep in touch. Love you all Cindy

Diana Barschak

July 24, 2014

Randy, Richard, Lori
I am truley sorry for your loss your mom was the best.
she was also like a second mom to me .
she always remembered my Birthday and mailed me funny cards.
I sure miss seeing her at Saylers
I am going to miss her dearly .
love Diana

Patricia Palmer

July 17, 2014

To the family of Joan, I am so sorry for your loss. Although I had only seen Joan a few times since our school days, I remember her well. We both went to Joseph Lane GS and Franklin HS, and when we were very young Joan's grandmother lived next door to my family. I last got to visit Joan at our 50th high school reunion. I know you will all miss her. Patricia (Evans) Palmer.

Jill Register

July 13, 2014

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your Mom. She was truly one of a kind. I loved the sweet and funny cards she sent (I think she kept Hallmark in business!), it was always a nice surprise to receive a card from her in the mail. When Joan was around you knew there would be a good time and raucous laughter. I have so many fond memories of her. May she rest in peace and soar with the angels.

Lynnmarie Dixon-Fancher

July 11, 2014

Leon, I am so sorry for your loss. Joan was an awesome lady and she will be missed and remembered with great fondness.

Carole McDonald

July 8, 2014

Joan was truly one of a kind. Always joking, but to the point. She was 'Auntie Mame' to the boys.
Will always remember the fun trips to Mexico with Sister Cities.
Rest in peace.

July 7, 2014

Leon, my deepest sympathy for you loss of Joan. Sincerely, Larry Cervarich

Jeff Blackmer

July 6, 2014

We lived next to the Cieloha's when I was a little kid. I've always thought the world of their family. For years Mom and Joan teased each other mercilessly. That was interrupted about two and a half years ago when mom died. I have no doubt that after their joyous reunion a few days ago, they've started it right back up again.

Mary Edmondson

July 6, 2014

Leon, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember you & Joan with fondness from those days in the mid 80's when I was married to Larry Cervarich. I sent him the notice. My sincere sympathies to you and your family. Mary Edmondson

July 5, 2014

Oh how I will miss the humor of a long time friend (Witchy Poo). She gave me many years of laughter! Also, I will miss the nasty birthday cards every year. She knew how to pick them! Sending much love to you Lori and the boys. You took such good care of her.