|Joanne grew up in various areas around the world as a Navy kid. The most significant portions of her life were spent in Pascagoula, MS and Alameda, CA. I met Joanne at church in Alameda while I was assigned to CGC MORGENTHAU in the summer of 1989. She doesn't even remember the first time we met... "Ewwwh, a SAILOR!" ;-) That was okay... she was still 18 and in the high school class at church (I wouldn't date high school students). However,something changed after my first deployment with Morgenthau: She was 19 and out of high school. :-) The Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989 really brought us together. The earthquake left me stranded on the island of Alameda (all bridges were closed). So I went to a regular hang out and found a bunch of my friends from church. When the members of the group went their separate ways, I asked Joanne if I could hang out with her and her sister. Later, I started teaching her sister to drive, inviting Joanne for the ride, of course. The rest is history. We've been happily married since 1991. This photo was taken on our very first date in 1989.|
| Aside from
being a GREAT mom to our daughter, DIANA, Joanne's interests
are reading, cooking (great cook!!!), cross-stitch, and
OUR SILLY CATS.
She also likes to sing (but seldom confesses it),
Jazzercise, and dance ballet. When you compare those to
MY hobbies (VWs,
it would seem we have nothing in common. But we still
love each other just the same. She's a genuinely kind
and gentle person. I'm lucky to have her for my bride.
Life at sea would have been much more difficult if it
weren't for her. I look forward to when I can retire
from the Coast Guard and always be there for her. The
photo at the left was taken in 2000 when Diana was a few
days old. The photo at the right was taken in 2009.