Our beloved Joan Louise (Campeau) Milasich, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 13, 2021. Joan was 69 years young. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Michael L. Milasich, DC, her son Michael Milasich (Julie), daughter Kathryn Brown (Ryan), daughter Lindsay Brown (Bill), son Joel Milasich (Rachael), son Luke Milasich (Leanna), daughters Priscilla and Sashi Milasich, and six grandchildren: Ian and Ivy Brown, Gabriella and Mila Brown, Naomi Milasich, and Izzi Milasich. She was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest son, Stephen. Joan was born in Tacoma, WA on April 22, 1951 to Joseph and Gloria Campeau. She was the third of five children. She met “Mick” in the bean fields of Fife where they both worked summer jobs. She later graduated from Fife High School, attended WWU, and married the love of her life in 1973 after he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. At the age of 60 she returned to St. Martin’s University and completed her degree in Social Services. Joan lived a full life. She was passionate about her eight children and grandchildren. She was an envoy for international adoptions and found so much joy in helping place Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese orphans with loving families throughout the USA. She helped place 834 babies! Joan was an enthusiastic Girl Scout Leader, taking her Girl Scout troops to Savannah, the home of the Girl Scouting organization. In the early 80’s she and Mick were founding members of the Tacoma Stars MLS soccer team. They never missed a game. Thereafter, they helped establish North Tacoma’s youth soccer program. She loved the Seattle Sounders and Seahawks. She was an avid traveler and was fortunate to explore the world many times over with Mick, their children, and cherished friends. From Croatia to the Caribbean, Ireland to Iceland, China to Canada, New Zealand to New York…Joan had a passion for genealogy and culture. She played the piano and harp and was an excellent writer and historian. Joan gave much of her time and talent to St. Charles Borromeo, supporting the school and church through fundraising, education, and outreach. It was a rarity that Joan did not have her infamous chocolate chip cookies ready for distribution to friends and Nativity House. She was a guiding light to many; steadfast, passionate, smart, thoughtful, honest, and outspoken. Above all Joan was selfless and altruistic. She attempted to live her life like her idol, Mother Theresa of Calcutta. She strived to “Do all the small things with great love.” Joan will live in the hearts of all who loved her. Mass will be available via the St. Charles Borromeo Facebook page and YouTube on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:00am. Website and instructions: https://www.facebook.com/saintcharlesb/ and/or https://www.youtube.com/scbvideo. Streaming will begin five minutes before mass. In Lieu of Flowers, please consider a donation to the Slavonian Hall in her name: SABS (2306 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403) or to the St. Charles Borromeo food bank.
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