Guest book for Joani?
From: mmaskall (
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:59:08 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Neil & all,

I remember Joani well, since 2005, when I went on my first cohousing tour,
which she ably led.  And I remember the 2006 Conference in Chapel Hill,
which she chaired.  And many shared conversations since then.  

Will there be a guestbook for Joani?  I think it would be appropriate to
have a link on the website.

She was a Giant in the Cohousing movement.  Dear Joani, rest in peace.

With love to all,
Marty Maskall
Future Resident & Project Manager -- a Family-Friendly Green Neighborhood
(916) 967-2472


Message: 2
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:41:37 -0700
From: Neil Planchon <neil [at]>
To: coho-l <cohousing-l [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Joani (Blank) update - Sad news

Hello everyone in Cohousing-l land?

I am attaching two recent messages about Joani - my longtime personal
friend, neighbor and Cohousing ambassadress. One of mine and the other
Amika?s (Joani?s daughter) are below?.

Hello neighbors

I am saddened as I share with you that Joani passed away Saturday (8/6)
around 5:30PM.  She had loving family by her side who shepherded her through
the last stage of this life.

Rest in peace, Joani (my sweet)

(Swan's Market Cohousing -


And here is the message which Amika posted on Facebook on August 7th?

"My mama passed yesterday, at home, Blossom and me and Bapu by her side...My
family was blessed to have spent this sacred time with this lovely woman who
raised me as her own.

"She was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in June, took the news like a
champ and did like she always down to business and handled
logistics and preparations. She chose to have a Celebration of Life rather
than a funeral, and at celebration last week, she was able to say her
goodbyes and feel the love of her community. 
"She opened her celebration addressing police brutality and honoring the
Black Lives Matter movement. Her life was based on advancing social justice
issues, and the bigger picture always took precedence over her personal
struggles. The celebration was another platform for her to acknowledge what
was really important to her. She had a rapid decline after the celebration,
and I think she felt she had completed what she needed to. 

"This fierce revolutionary woman has taught us all so much. She has done so
many things in her full days here on earth and I know you all have
stories...share them if you feel like it. If I made this post about all
she's done it would take days.

"Instead, we are honoring the graceful way she passed. She relaxed into the
process and let go of trying to control anything...she was able to receive
love and care, and transformed into this gentle and vulnerable Queen. She
spoke with each one of my kids and my Papa in the last days of her
consciousness. She passed me the "boss torch", and gave her blessings to my
incarcerated other half as he led us in family prayer on the phone. We laid
with her and watched her take her last breath. She had a sweet smile on her
face and was comfortable. Milo joined us and we covered her body in henna
tattoos, flowers from the garden, frankincense and lavender oils, and filled
her space with candlelight, sage, copal, and Palos Santos. Bapu stayed
curled up with her in bed...we played music and looked at pictures and
laughed and cried. It was exactly what she wanted, and it was beautiful to
hold space for her at the gates??  

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