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Joyce Mirassou Obituary (2022) – San Jose, CA

Joyce Mirassou Obituary (2022) - San Jose, CA

Joyce Mirassou
July 1, 1929 – March 25, 2022
San Jose
Joyce Quamme Mirassou, 93, died peacefully in her sleep on March 25, 2022. She was born on July 1, 1928 at San Jose Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents, Théodore and Emma Quamme, and her husband, Don Mirassou. She will always be remembered for her sunny smile and engaging personality.
A lifelong resident of the Santa Clara Valley, Joyce attended Horace Mann Elementary School and Theodore Rosevelt High School. She graduated from San Jose High School where she was a member of the Torch and Laurel Honor Society, worked on the school newspaper in which she had a “Quamme Quotes” column with articles about other schools, and did part of the yearbook committee. Joyce also attended San Jose State College, but chose to put her love for her family ahead of her interest in art.
While in high school, she met her future husband, Don Mirassou, when he stopped at a family picnic to visit two of his friends, his cousins ​​who lived across the street from him. They married in 1947 and had three children. Don died a few months before their 66th wedding anniversary in 2013.
Joyce was a multi-talented woman. As Don owned plum and pear orchards (initially in San Jose and shared with her parents, Eulalie and John A. (Jack) Mirassou), she became the accountant for Mirassou Orchards until Don’s death. When they sold the San Jose Orchards in the mid-1960s, they purchased a plum orchard in Morgan Hill, continuing the Mirassou family tradition of over 150 years. To arrange an open space that was not planted with prunes, she designed and contracted their house which she decorated beautifully. It was the place for many warm gatherings with family and friends. Later in life, she enjoyed painting in watercolors.
It should be noted that Don’s great-grandfather, Pierre Pellier and his brother Louis Pellier, brought cuttings of the small plum from Agen to San José in the 1850s. A prune is a variety of plum very sweet that dries without fermenting. These are the very first plum trees in the Santa Clara Valley, the Valley of Hearts’ Delights. Joyce’s family was also an arborist in the Santa Clara Valley, so farming was familiar to her despite having grown up in the city of San Jose.
Don and Joyce enjoyed many clubs together. They danced with the Squares and Flares at Morgan Hill. As Don was actively interested in vintage automobiles. they belonged to several old car clubs: Valle Del Sur Car Club of Morgan Hill, Salinas Valley Antique Auto Club and San Jose Model T Club. She coordinated outfits to match the vintages of their cars and was always dressed in style for their tours. For many years she wrote and published the Bulbhorn Bulletin, the journal of the Salinas Valley Antique Auto Club, winning awards for her editorial work.
She was a devout Roman Catholic who was actively involved in their parish community. She taught religious education when their children were young, and later in life became a Eucharistic minister at Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Morgan Hill.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren who were very important to her: Marlene Mirassou, MD (Steve Houlihan), Cheryl Battiato (Joe Battiato) and John Mirassou (Sandra Pomeroy). His 3 grandchildren and a step-grandson are: Jean Battiato (Chad Peterman), Michael Battiato, Scotty Houlihan and Edward Mirassou. We all love her very much and miss her.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at the Lima Santa Clara Family Mortuary, 466 N. Winchester Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, 200 O’Connor Drive, San Jose, CA, 95128. Interment will follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

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Published by Santa Cruz Sentinel from April 9 to April 11, 2022.