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JoAnn Rourke

passed away with her family by her side on Feb. 19, 2013, at the age of 80.

JoAnn was born Aug. 7, 1932, in the state of Louisiana.

Along with her late husband, Dr. Donald C. Rourke, she purchased a vacation home in Big Bear Lake in 1969 on Metcalf Lane and shared many years of enjoyment with friends and family.

In 1985, JoAnn and Donald made their vacation home and Big Bear Lake their permanent residence and became an integral part of the community.

JoAnn loved nothing more than her time spent at the Teddy Bear Restaurant where she spent countless hours with family and friends. She also took great pride in her longtime employment at the Teddy Bear Square Dolls and Miniatures, and as a devout Christian she attended First Baptist Church of Big Bear.

JoAnn was laid to rest beside her husband, Donald, on March 2, 2013, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Whittier, Calif. The service was private only to family per her wishes.

JoAnn is survived by her son Curtis Rourke; her grandchildren Mark and Leslie Rourke, and her nephew Greg Pilcher, all residents of Big Bear Lake.

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