Joanne E. Zembal
Joanne Ellen Zembal, born and raised in Aberdeen, died November 11, 2006, in Cairo, Egypt. Joanne graduated from the University of Washington in 1964.
Having worked for the Johnson Pavilion at the Seattle World’s Fair, she started her professional career in New York City, again for the Johnson Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair and then spent several years in advertising and public relations for The Wool Bureau, Lanvin Perfumes and Helen Nash Associates.
In the mid 1970s, Joanne spent two years on a solo trip around the world, capturing her experiences on paper and film. Her photographs were featured in advertisements and travel articles. Upon returning to New York, her love for travel and different cultures drew her to work for the United Nations before returning indefinitely to Africa and the Middle East. She finally made her home in Cairo and Ismailia (a port city on the Suez Canal in Egypt), working, traveling and writing for Cairo Today and other English-language publications as a free-lance writer and market researcher.
A (Memorial) Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving honoring both Joanne and her mother, Millie Gerdis Zembal (died May 2005), will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2007, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 813 West 1st Street, Aberdeen. Donations may be made to The Children’s Hospital Foundation, P. O. Box 50020, Seattle, WA 98145-5020 ATTN: Sue Powell.
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