In Loving Memory of JoAnne Dwyer: 1947-2023


Our sweet sister, aunt, cousin and best friend will be missed so much. 

JoAnne Dwyer was born in Oakland, California, and graduated from Centralia High School in 1965. She then attended Central Washington University where she received a bachelor’s degree in education. She was hired by the Seattle School District where she spent many years as an elementary school teacher. She went back to college and received her master’s degree and principal certification in education in 1985 from Seattle Pacific University. She then became a consulting special education teacher until her retirement in July 2004. 

She was a champion of every underdog, both human and dogs, too. She always rescued the senior dogs that no one wanted. She also championed for the students who needed additional support as a special education teacher. 

When she retired, she moved to a condo in Blaine, with a beautiful view overlooking the water. It was her pride and joy. She loved living in Blaine and volunteered at the food bank and with the Friends of the Library. She always supported her local artisans and crafters. 

Her favorite things were yearly sister trips, mermaids, seashells and glass balls. 

She was preceded in death by her father Ed Dwyer, her mother June Dwyer and her brother Phil Dwyer. 

She is survived by her four sisters: Sheila Dwyer, Peggy (Michael) Smith, Patricia (Don) Richardson and Susie (Ed) Schneider; sister-in-law Susan Dwyer; and her best friend of 50-plus years, Cheri Fraley. She also had many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews that she adored. We will miss our beloved JoJo forever. 

A memorial will be held at a later date.