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TEST (ONETO), JOAN SUSAN

Joan Susan (Oneto) Test, beloved mother, grandmother and friend,  passed away peacefully, Monday, February 19th surrounded by her family at her residence in Sonora, CA. Joan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan 1-23-1935.  She was preceded in death by her parents Dr. John F. Oneto and Ariel L. Oneto.  Joan grew up in San Francisco eventually moving to Los Banos, Fresno and ultimately, Sonora, CA.  Joan is survived by her four children, Susan Miltner and partner Marco Berti, Ariel Etcheverry and son-in-law Larry Etcheverry, John Test and daughter-in-law Carolyn Cool and Kelley Herrin.  While living in Los Banos, and raising her children, she graduated Cum Laude in Anthropology from California State University, Stanislaus.  Joan is also survived by seven grandchildren; Ariel (Test) and spouse Colin Reingold, Lauren (Etcheverry) and spouse Todd Mathias, Reid Etcheverry and spouse Leahanne, Lise Miltner, Anders Miltner, Isabella Herrin and Audrey Cook-Test.  Also she is survived by three great grandchildren; Harriet Reingold, Lee Mathias, Caden Greenwood and another on the way.  Joan enjoyed traveling and visited various locations such as Russia, Viet Nam and Scandinavia just to name a few.  She was an avid gardener, bridge player, and especially a tennis player.  Many happy moments were spent out on the court.  Joan was also a collector of art and was friends with many artists.  She was especially skilled at interior-decorating.  She often volunteered and opened her home in fund-raising for worthy causes.  Joan also found she had a fondness for dogs over the years- Marissa, DeeDee, Daisy, Faith and Greta were especially loyal companions to her.  Joan moved from Fresno to Sonora to live the last twenty years of her life on the Oneto property with her partner Tony Angell who vowed to “be with her until the end.” There they shared many quiet evenings in the garden.  It was during this time especially; that Joan found comfort in her faith in God. It is with gratitude that we thank Comfort Keepers and Hospice for their service.  They created an atmosphere, in our mother’s home, that was genuinely caring and compassionate.  How our mother accepted the various stages of Parkinson’s Disease could only be described as courageous.  She will remain forever in our hearts.   Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home are handling the arrangements.

  • Date of Death: 02/19/2018
  • Age: 83
  • Residence: Sonora
  • Services: A Vigil Service will be held Friday, February 23rd at 6:30pm with visitation from 6-8 pm at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose at Lyons St., Sonora. A Graveside service will be held Saturday, February 24th at 11am at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora, CA. Donations may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325-9919