Joanne Marie Kirkpatrick Sales passed on Easter, April 1, 2018 on her favorite holiday. She was born in Sanitarium, California on May 23, 1934, daughter of Clyde Kirkpatrick and Lorraine Elizabeth Ballentine. She attended Saint Helena schools, making lifelong friends, graduating from High School in 1952 and continuing on to San Francisco State College. In 1955 Joanne began working as a secretary for Judge Louis D. Vasconi in his insurance business. September 22, 1957 she married John M. Sales and began a new career. Her daughter Jennifer Anne was born in 1959 and her son James Michael followed in 1962. During the adolescence of her children Joanne worked part time and served as a board member and Treasurer of the St. Helena chapter of the American Red Cross. Joanne enjoyed serving on various election boards continuously until finally retiring in 2014.
She enjoyed her service and life with family and friends in her home on Sulphur Springs Avenue. Life was disrupted in 1986 when John was transferred to Pleasanton and she moved to Danville. At John’s retirement in 1998, she returned to her family home in St. Helena where she began serving Grace Episcopal Church in the Altar Guild. She successfully led the guild through the transition from the old sanctuary to the temporary quarters in the social hall and then back to the new retrofitted sanctuary.
During retirement years Joanne enjoyed traveling, playing Mahjong, her cats and her lifelong friends.
She is survived by her husband John, daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Jack Chiarelli, son James, daughter-in-law Patricia, granddaughter Juliana Chiarelli, grandson Nicholas Sales, wife Brittany and great grandchildren Emily, Hannah and Thomas.
Joanne loved her family, friends, home and her cats. She was particular in her desire for things to be “just right”.
Interment will be private. All are invited to join us for a Memorial service at Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 Spring Street, Saint Helena on June 16, 2018 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations would be preferred to Grace Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, We Care Animal Rescue, Saint Helena Historical Society or a charity of your choice.