The third of four children, Joan Kipp Brown was born to Frances and Milton Brown in Trenton, New Jersey. Joan was in third grade when she and her siblings, Lois, Marjorie and Kenneth, moved to Coronado, California. She loved Coronado and was a resident for most of her life.
Joan graduated from Coronado High School in 1961. Joan was a cheerleader and had such a large record collection, the school relied on her for music at school dances.
She earned her A.A. from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. In 1966, she completed her B.A. at San Diego State College, where she majored in Theater and Philosophy.
In 1966, Joan met and married Lt. (j.g.) Franklin Tunnick. Introduced by Joan’s Coronadan aunt, Cecilia Kipperman, Frank told Joan he was going to marry her on the day they met and he was correct. Unfortunately, Frank died months after their wedding while on his last tour in the Navy as a Liaison and Supply Officer when a fire broke out on the USS Oriskany due to a lit flare trapped in a flare locker.
Two year after this tragedy, Joan met her life partner, another Naval officer, Lt. Russell Goldberg, whom she married in 1969 after he left the service. They moved to Houston, where Joan worked at the famous Alley Theatre, and then to Metairie, Louisiana, where Joan worked at the Ecology Center. They welcomed their first child, Lotus Goldberg in 1971. Two years later, they moved back to Coronado, where their second child, Henry Goldberg, was born in 1980.
In Coronado, Joan took care of her children while helping her mother, Frances Brown, as the longtime bookkeeper at the ladies’ clothing shop, MJ Brown. Working in the store while growing up shaped much of Joan’s professional career. Just out of college, she used her background to teach Merchandising at the Patricia Stevens Career College. Joan even took over as manager of MJ Brown for three years at the end of her career.
However, Joan’s lifelong passion was natural medicine. She worked at Viva Health Food Store and wrote articles for “VIVA Presents” covering “Nature and Good Nutrition.” She earned a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education from the University for Humanistic Studies in 1981 and continued her learning life-long by attending seminars on topics including nutrition, homeopathy, and even a nursing seminar on hospice care. Her knowledge and dedication to caring for others were showcased when she became the caretaker for her mother, Fran, and later for her husband, Russ, who died in 2012.
When her children were in elementary school, Joan brought Chanukah to the classrooms at Crown and Central Elementary Schools, eventually running school-wide assemblies covering the story of Chanukah, lighting menorahs with children, and giving out dreidels. She talked about America being a melting pot where everybody lives together even though they have different skin colors, religions or traditions. Joan was quoted in the Coronado Journal saying, “It always reminds me of flowers. Even though they come in different colors and different fragrances and designs, when you put them all together they make a beautiful bouquet.”
Joan was a talented composer, writing over 40 songs. Her most recognized work was “The Coronado Song,” which won several international contests. The song was played before the annual Coronado July 4th Parade at the grandstand for 20 years. Joan was asked to write a song for the Coronado Village School at its inception. Joan wrote “Growing Up At The Village School.” She was surprised at a Fifth Grade Olympics when the entire school sang it to her. Joan’s inspirational song, “Keep Your Eye On A Star,” was used at Henry’s graduation from Coronado Middle School. She wrote songs for three separate unfinished musicals, “The Rope,” “Greetings From Fairy Kingdom,” and “The Promised Land.”
“Miss Joanie,” as many children, and some adults, came to know her, built communities wherever she went. She was known for her big heart, kindness, and always going the extra mile, especially if it meant helping someone in need. Joan was a free thinker and was keenly interested in hearing what others thought, from children to adults.
Joan was a devout believer and supporter of the Bible and her Jewish heritage. Her favorite charities included Chabad of Coronado and Yad Sarah, the largest national volunteer organization in Israel.
Joan is survived by her children, Lotus Goldberg, of Somerville, Massachusetts, and Henry (Nitzan Roth) Goldberg of Forest Hills, New York; her adored grandchildren, Tal and Ilan Goldberg; her siblings Lois Goodman of Ossining, New York, and Marjorie Cohen and Kenneth Brown, both of Westlake Village, California. Joan will be missed by all who knew her.