Johanna McHale, 91, passed away February 11, 2020 in Visalia, CA. Johanna was born in Hardwick, CA on March 29, 1928 to Carel and Margaret Chevallier. She was third in a family of seven girls. Johanna attended Hardwick Grammar School and Layton High School. She graduated from College of the Sequoias and also took classes at San Francisco State. She taught elementary school for several years in Fresno and Corcoran. On June 16, 1951 she married George McHale and they treasured 60 years of love.
George and Johanna lived in Fresno, Bakersfield, Fair Oaks and Cupertino. Following her retirement from the Fremont Union High School District in Sunnyvale, George and Johanna moved to "Lake of the Pines" in Auburn, CA where she enjoyed golfing, gardening and travelling. In 2004 they moved to Exeter and enjoyed being close to three of her sisters. Johanna was a member of the Exeter Welcome Club
Johanna was a loving wife and mother of four; Kathleen (Rodney), Brian (Barbara), Eileen (Richard) and Patrick (William); nine grandchildren; George, Richard, Ryan, Steven, Melanie, Carlee, Corie, Chris and Julie; two great grand children; Caylynn and Ronnie.
Johanna possessed an amazing, joyful zest for life and will be missed by all who knew her. She will especially be missed by her sisters Bette Rasmussen, Trudy (Gary) Schlaich, Cathy (Dick) Boone, Carolyn (Jim) Neely; sister in-laws Donna McHale and Alice McHale as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She treasured the time spent with family and dear friends. Sincere thanks to Doctors Andrea and Mike Boone along with caregivers Maria Girard and Toni Suzor.
A mass and celebration of her life will be held at 12:30 on Saturday, March 14 at St. Claire's Catholic Church in Three Rivers, CA.
When you see a beautiful sunset think of Johanna. In her memory hug your children and those close to you.
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