Louise Bisho Joost


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Louise Bisho Joost

Surrounded by her loving family, Louise Rose Bisho Joost died peacefully on July 2, 2024.

Born April 5, 1957, “Lu” was always a caring person with an unmatched zest for life.  When you look up “Determined” in the dictionary, you’ll find her picture there!  Louise was the kind of person who “never met a stranger”:  when at a gathering of people that she didn’t know before, you would soon find her enthusiastically chatting with her new friends!  She also made it her business to help virtually anyone who needed it.

A fifth generation San Franciscan, Louise was a proud graduate of Saint Brendan’s grammar school, Mercy High School (class of ’75 Go Skippers!), and the University of San Francisco, earning an R.N. degree in 1981 – the same year that she married William “Bill” Joost, her loving husband of 43 years.  Her nursing career, which began in OBGyn at San Diego’s Sharp Hospital, was notable for her caring and inventive support of students through her simultaneous school nurse offices at Newport, Samamish, and International High Schools and middle schools of the Bellevue School District.

Louise is well known for her tremendous love of “family” (related to her or not), of rocks and jewelry, of her cabin in Leavenworth, and, of course, of California’s Russian River.

Preceded in death by her parents Joseph Rodrigues Bisho and Elvira “Cis” Granfield Bisho, and brother Joseph R. “Rod” Bisho, she is survived by her husband William “Bill” E. Joost, brother David F. Bisho (Michele), sisters Penelope “Penny” Bisho Bolger (Michael) and Christine E. Bisho David (Michael), sons William “Will” J Joost (Lauren Hoshibata), Colin D. Joost (Megan O’Malley), and Louis E.A. Joost, four beautiful grandchildren:  Rosemary “Rosie” P. Joost,  Henry D. Joost,  Tycho J. Joost, and Jonah T.J. Joost, nieces Lauren Bisho McGreevy, Jessica Bolger Voytek,  Danielle Bisho Jones and Julia D. David, nephews Ryan M. Bolger and Evan D. David, and nine grand nieces and nephews.

Celebrations of her life will take place in both of her home states:

Tuesday July 9, 2024 1pm to 5 pm Viewing (Rosary begins at 4:30 pm)

Barton Family Funeral Services, Kirkland, WA

Wednesday July 17  1pm to 3 pm   Viewing/Rosary

Daniels Chapel of the Roses 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, CA  95405

Thursday July 18 11 am   Funeral Celebration

Attire:  Country Club Casual/Resort Wear

St. Elizabeth’s Outdoor Church

Entrance to parking on 4th and 5th Sts. (behind Fire Station)

Guerneville, CA

Burial will be immediately following the funeral:

Redwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery (Guerneville Pioneer Cemetery)

Managed by Pleasant Hill Cemetery

Woodland Dr. & Laurel Place

Guerneville, CA

Please join the family for a celebration of Louise’s life at Bisho’s Shangri-la following the burial.

14 Responses to “Louise Bisho Joost”

  • Christopher Coughlin says:

    A lot of people ask how are you when they see you again. Not everyone really wants to hear a full answer to that question, but Louise always really meant it and really wanted to know how you ARE. So caring and so sharing with all her love for family and friends. I guess I’ve known her my ENTIRE life as our parents were such good friends from the start. I certainly spent every July with her, and every Christmas Eve for so many years. Was there ever a time she wasn’t there with a welcoming smile and a wave to come over and chat? I can’t remember it. Love forever to her and to her family

  • John F. O'Dea says:

    Louise, it’s almost too hard to grieve missing you. I know you are not with us anymore and yet you are with us forever. You are partner to Bill, Will, Colin and Louis and we know they are grieving hard. But to so many of us you are our Louise, and we don’t get to see you again. We all miss you a lot already….Rest in Peace, John

  • Marie O'Dea says:

    Rest in paradise, dear Louise. You lit up rooms and lives, including mine, over so many years. Now it is our turn to continue living with your great spirit and determination. Thank you for teaching me to make lemonade out of sour lemons. Forever grateful for your loving ways, Weezy!

  • Rex Bishop says:

    My beautiful friend Louise…the news of your passing was like getting the wind knocked out of me. I’ll not ever forget the first time I met you at your parents house in St. Francis Woods. You made me feel very comfortable and welcome, me a country farm boy with no sophistication whatsoever. Getting to be a small part of the river gang will always be one of my fondest memories. Those are days I wish were going on forever but the World has this thing about moving on. I want to thank you for introducing me to little Henry. We share the same Birthday date of January 11th and was apparent from when he was born that he is a special little boy.
    God bless the family during this difficult time and may they find strength from each other and from shared memories.

  • Leslie Spero says:

    A shining Angel has joined the heavenly choir. Out of struggle & bathed in love & light. The rest of us will have to wait… she will help guide us home.

    Louise befriended me as the “new kid” on Bella Vista… I was 4. Again at St Brendan’s, Mercy and then years later in the Seattle area. I never forgot her kindness, joy or amazing all-accepting friendship. Her loss is greatly felt by all who knew her. Until we meet again… you will be remembered.

  • Lydia Chen says:

    Louise, you were so full of life, I can’t believe you’re gone. I can hear your voice and see your face…what a joy it was to know you! Your energy was so infectious. I am so glad I had lunch with you when I stopped by Seattle last year. I am full of sadness but somewhat glad that your physical struggle is over. Thank you for being who you were, spreading so much love to everyone around you. Much love to your family, may they always feel your presence and guiding light.

  • Rosemary Morse says:

    Dear Louise…It was so so very hard to read your unfolding story as of recent days…my heart broke with heaviness each time I couldn’t think of what I could do or say to make it better for you!!! You were a part of my past that was fun, unyieldingly exciting and every so endellable!!! Your silliness and infectious smile will be forever ingrained in my brain! Thank you…for the smiles, friendship and impression you made on me from day one of “always being positive”! Your sweetness I’m sure has touched many as it did me and will live on through tons of others that you reached…Look over your children, husband, family and friends for they will all be waiting for that loving signal! God blessed us ALL with getting a chancde to be with you for a while!

  • Carole Cowley says:

    Louise was the sweetest, nicest and kindest individual. Not surprising she went into nursing, she had the personality to be an excellent nurse. Many lovely memories of Rissain river vacations, Christmas Eve parties, weddings, etc. Rest in peace my beautiful friend. You will be greatly missed.

  • Ann and Geoff MacPherson says:

    I first met Louise in San Diego. We both worked in the Women’s Center at Sharp Hospital. She was so easy to love and enjoy. Then she left SD and so did I but we never knew we moved to the same state of WA. I “found” her in our mtn town of Plain. What a true blessing to be friends with her again. We love Bill as well. Louise was the kindest, most caring, loving woman I have known. I will miss her so much. I was so blessed to have a few years with her. But I can’t believe I won’t see her again. Louise knew we loved her and miss her. She was a fabulous friend. I will never forget her. Love to her wonderful family. Hugs to all who are mourning this great loss.

  • Donella Goudeau says:

    Louise I am in shock of your passing. I will miss our little chats out by the mail box neighbor. You were always so kind and sweet.
    Goodbye until we meet again. 🙏🏼

  • Marty Ediger says:

    What an honor and joy to know this.beautiful lady as a parent, co-worker and friend while at International School. Her smile, love for and care of the IS students, and encouragement of all, will always be remembered. I was the lucky recipient of a pair of blue earrings that she chose to match the color of my eyes! I will cherish them in her honor. Love to her beautiful family!

  • Paul Wiemar says:

    Dear Louise,
    I am deeply saddened to hear about your passing. Im sending my deepest condolences to your siblings, Penny, Christine, David, and the entire Joost family. May those beautiful yesterdays always remain in your heart, while our sorrows gently fade away. Even though it has been many years since we hung out, I hold very fond memories of you.
    While I cannot physically be with you in Guerneville, my spirit is there with you and your family. Louise, you will always be remembered for being a very special person. Hopefully we’ll meet again on the other side.
    Love, Paul

  • Terri Nielsen says:

    I am writing on behalf of Terri Nielsen, Maureen Mahoney, Annette Connolly, Cheri Balestreri, Paula Bosque and Jeanne Barry. We all were friends of Louise’s in nursing school at USF class of 1981. Maureen and Cheri also graduated with Louise from Mercy in 1975. We had many classes, clinical rotations and study groups with Louise and always enjoyed her company. We are all so very sad to hear of Louise’s passing. She was always such a sweet, kind and friendly girl.
    We extend our deepest condolences to her entire family. May her memory fill your hearts with love and warmth. We are not able to attend her services due to prior plans but she will be in our thoughts forever.
    Terri, Cheri, Paula, Maureen, Jeanne and Annette

  • Carolyn D'Albora says:

    Bill, I’m so sorry I never got the chance to actually meet Louise, she sounds like a truly extraordinary woman. I’m glad our paths crossed on this journey, in such an intense time it was good to make the connection. She was clearly well loved, and I hope you continue to have your family surround you. As they say where I come from, may her memory be for a blessing.
    Carolyn (5SA, lobby of 5NE and 5SE)

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