Memorial services for JoAnn Schaake Merla, 59, Concord, Calif., were Sept. 15, 2001, at Calvary Apostolic Church, Concord.
Mrs. Merla died Sept. 10, 2001.
She was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Lawrence, the daughter of Elmer and Lois (Parker) Schaake.
Mrs. Merla was a member of Calvary Apostolic Church and worked as a counselor for New Directions.
She married Harry Merla. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Kenny Van Duyn, Placerville, Calif.; a stepson, Steven Merla, Santa Rosa, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Lori Schaumleffel, Colfax, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Mount Diablo Cancer Center, 2540 E. Street, Concord 94520.