Joan Loreen Keith

Joan Loreen Keith


Joan Keith (nee Honek and Levin) was born on June 21, 1935 in San Francisco, California to John and Martha Schuben. She died on November 6, 2016 in Georgetown, Texas.

At 11 she was adopted by Michael Honek (US Army) and was raised by him and her mother. As a child in a military family, she traveled to many places including Guam where she arrived via troop ship. For a period of time she lived with her beloved Aunt Charlotte Fogliacco while her parents were stationed overseas. Joan has two sisters, Marlene (Roy) Verdery and Charlotte Fleming.

As a teenager she was very active in B’Nai Brith Girls and participated in many sports and activities. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1953. She earned a B.A. in Accounting, a teaching credential, and an M.S. in Educational Administration. She was a Business Education teacher before becoming an administrator at the adult school level. She retired as Principal of San Pedro Skills Center where she was honored as San Pedro Woman of the Year.

Joan was lucky to have found love not once, but twice. She married Stanley Levin in 1956 and raised two children, Marc Levin (Arlene) and Judi Levin Greenberg (Barry). In 1981, she married Charles Robert Keith and they lived in Southern California until they retired in 1993.

Joan and Charles moved to Matador, Texas where they looked after his parents and traveled a great deal. In 1999, they moved to Georgetown (Sun City) and brought his parents with them.

Their travels took them to many places around the world. They enjoyed cruising. Some of their favorite places included Japan, China, Scotland, and Europe.

In addition to Charles, Joan is survived by her children and sisters, her step-daughters Merrie Goguen Raleigh, NC, and Elizabeth Keith, Georgetown; grandchildren Joshua (Jenny) Goguen and Jonathan (Claudia) Goguen; Jack, Ben, and Tori Schmalstieg; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial Service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Cancer Society or MD Anderson Cancer Center.


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