In Memory

Joan Fischer ‘69 (Moore)

Joan Fischer ‘69 (Moore)

Dear Friends and Family,

This is a difficult email to write, but we wanted to share news that our Mom, Joan Moore, unexpectedly passed away in November. 

Brad and Alan Moore

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02/04/23 09:02 PM #1    

Bill Gilliam '69

Brad and Allen,

I was a member of the class of 1969 with your Mom.  In 

fact my yearbook photo is just below your Mom's.

Your Mom was a kind and wonderful person.

My sympathies are with you.

Bill Gilliam

02/05/23 12:27 PM #2    

Carol Bradford

02/05/23 12:29 PM #3    

Carol Bradford

02/05/23 12:31 PM #4    

Carol Bradford


Joan Fischer “Gigi” Moore was a beloved mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, neighbor, co-worker, and friend. A strong-willed woman with exquisite taste, she provided comfort and unconditional love, while seeking little in return. Joan was a dedicated mother and referred to her two boys as her greatest accomplishment. Ultimately, it was her role as Gigi (grandma) that brought her the greatest joy.

Joan was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, the youngest of four children. As a young woman she was an accomplished gymnast and cheerleader, who loved travel, adventure, and the arts. Her parents, Robert and Evelyn Fischer, moved overseas to Paris when Joan was entering high school. She graduated from the American School of Paris and then enrolled in Macalester College back in Minnesota. Yearning to follow her passion for architecture and design, she transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago. It was here she reconnected with John Moore (a classmate from Paris), whom she married in 1974. Joan and John lived briefly in Spain before moving back to Minnesota where they had their two boys, Bradley (1976) and Alan (1980). 

After starting their family in Minnesota, the family moved to San Jose, CA in 1984. From this base in the Bay Area, the family explored  the American West, imparting to the boys a lifelong love of the outdoors. 

In 1989, wanting to give their boys the opportunities they had, Joan and John moved the family to Berlin, Germany. They spent five years learning languages, experiencing cultures and traveling throughout Europe. In Berlin, Joan engaged in community organizations, serving as President of The American Women’s Club of Berlin and The Berlin-American Club. She was recognized for her efforts with a medal of commendation for her public service by Brig. Gen. Walter Yates, the Commanding General of Berlin at the time.

The family returned to San Jose, CA in 1994. Ten years later, Joan and John parted ways. Joan began working at an architecture firm where she met Edward Janke. They fell in love and married in 2008. Together they loved music, fishing, travel, and design. But, more than anything, they loved spending time with their grandkids.  

Joan was an amazing woman who loved properly-arranged flowers, French food, her “friends” at The Today Show, a cold glass of chardonnay, dark chocolate, Clint Eastwood, the Beatles, a house filled with family, anything with stripes, bargain shopping, playing on the floor with her grandkids, seeing her sons happy, trying a new recipe, organization, being a good neighbor, her friends scattered all over the world, and her dogs.

Joan’s warmth, authenticity, humor, and grace made her magnetic. She was someone you wanted to be around, the shining light in every room.  She will be deeply missed, but her strength and compassion live on in all who loved her. Joan leaves behind her husband, Edward Janke; son Bradley Moore and wife Jamie; son Alan Moore and wife Leanna; grandchildren Olivia, Conrad, Sydney, and Addison; and stepchildren Christopher and Robert and their families.

A celebration of life ceremony and reception for friends and family will be held on Saturday, April 15th from 11am – 2pm, on what would have been Joan’s 72nd birthday, at La Rinconada Country Club, 14595 Clearview Dr, Los Gatos, CA 95032. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer's Association (, an organization that was important to Joan as her father suffered from the disease.

02/05/23 04:22 PM #5    

Diana Henry

Dear Brad and Alan, 

Thank you for sharing the very sad news. Our hearts are with you and all your loved ones. 

I was in the class of '70.  I knew Joan as a kind sweet soul. 

Thank you Carol for providing more information. This helps us to honor her life. 


Diana (Happiness Henry)


02/07/23 06:56 PM #6    

Mark Ciovacco

Dear Brad and Alan,

Your mother was in the class one year ahead of me but our paths crossed often on the basketball court as she cheered for the team that I played on. My sister Karen was in your mom's class and actually was  also on the cheer leading squad for which your mom was captain. We both remember your mother to be very friendly and a good person. I am very sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you, your family and of course your mother.

02/10/23 11:35 AM #7    

Jeff Hamilton

I remember Joan as both bright and fun loving. Once when I had to make an announcement in my capacity as a member of the student council, Joan and Gail Smith, in their cheerleading outfits, jumped in front of me to block my view from the class. I didn't mind, since I figured that everyone would rather look at a couple of cheerleaders than at me. Known as "Joni" back then, her best friend was Gini Mitchell. When I first heard of the singer Joni Mitchell, I thought that someone was making a joke by combining both their names. I last saw Joan at a reunion in Paris in 1991. I was glad to see that she was making plans to attend the 2018 reunion, but unfortunately, she backed out.

02/11/23 08:44 AM #8    

Robert Schubert

I too remember Joni as a vivascious young woman, always smiling and in good humor. I too remember Joni as a cheerleader for our soccer team, they were always great supporters for the teams.I didn't know that her first husband was also ASP, we all deveolped such strong ties. Rest in Peace dear Joni

02/11/23 01:02 PM #9    

Jack Rapport

THIS is how I remember Joni !!! 

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