Always Willing to Love
Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Joanna peacefully passed away at home October 20, 2018 at 230pm. Central Coast Hospice’s professional and compassionate care helped me help Joanna with grace, dignity and most importantly without pain.
The curtain fell far too soon on Joanna who will always remain our brightest star!
Joanna was born in Ohio to Phillip & Ruth Rossman and the family moved to Los Angeles in 1949. She went to UCLA, ultimately graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She met her first husband, Steve Cetrulo while at Columbia and that marriage produced two children, Kristi and Giancarlo.
Joanna had a life-long love for the Rocky Mountain west. In addition to living on the Taos Pueblo with her first husband, Joanna moved and lived in Aspen, Colorado from 1980-1985 where she worked as a hypnotherapist and even a bouncer/door person at Andre’s. Joanna was a part of a group of women hikers who called themselves the “Wonder Women.”
Eventually, Joanna moved to Santa Barbara in 1985 where Joanna met Stan in Dr. Annette Goodheart’s Laughing and Hugging Class at the Schott Center 32 years ago. This class changed their lives and eventually Joanna and Stan were married in 1989. They made a point of laughing and hugging every day resulting in a successful loving marriage.
While Joanna and Stan had successful careers as a real estate team, Joanna had another calling and returned to school at Pacifica Graduate Institute for a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Her uncanny ability to listen brought her much success and loyalty from her client base during her years in private practice.
Joanna was true peacemaker. As I mentioned, she was a gifted listener and if there was choice between being right and being happy, she would always choose the latter. Her loving nature, striking beauty and 10,000-watt smile would not only light up the room but would infect those around her with the same light-laughing- spirit.
Joanna was an artist at heart: whether it was stained glass, photography or interior decorating, her eye for style, color and design always shone through. One of Joanna’s proudest accomplishments, was Casa del Alma, the house that she and Stan purchased and remodeled in San Miguel de Allende, GTO Mexico nearly 15 years ago. Joanna worked very hard with local artists, artisans, and designers to create a peaceful and vibrant home and brought that same feeling back to the house in Santa Barbara.
Joanna’s extensive travel included a 6-week study tour of Europe, Scandinavia, Poland, Russia and E. Germany back in the 1960’s. Then 4 months traveling western Europe in the 1980’s. 2 sailing trips with husband Captain Stan at the helm in the BVI’s and in Tonga in the South Pacific. Paris and the French Alps, a few different Cruises, Italy a few times, Spain, Cuba, Western Canada, Alaska, Mexico and South America including Peru, Chile, Argentina and down to Ushuaia Tiera del Fuego.
Joanna is survived by her husband of 29 years, Stan Krome, her children Kristi & Cole Burrows, Gian & Brenda Cetrulo and their 2 grandkids Sirus and Sophia.
The family wishes to thank all who gave their support through this brief but difficult time. Diane, Beverly, RJ, Jan, Fred, Gale, Stephen, J’Nelle, Rachel, Sonja, and Arnie.
Joanna asked, that if you so desire, that ALL donations be made in her name to The Santa Barbara Zoo Donations (https://sbzoo.pivvit.com/general-donations), an organization which she passionately supported.