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Daryl and Joan Schloss

Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.

Daryl and Joan (Balasco) Schloss celebrated their 60th anniversary with a trip to New York, followed by a 10-day cruise to New England and Canada.

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Daryl and Joan Schloss

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This isn’t the first cruise they have taken in honor of a milestone anniversary. On their 50th, their children treated them to and accompanied them on a Mexican Riviera cruise.

The couple met in San Francisco at George Washington High School. On their first date, they attended a YMCA dance held at the Marina Yacht Club in San Francisco. After dating for two years, they were married on September 7, 1952 in Reno.

Daryl attended UC Berkeley, taking pre-pharmacy courses. After their wedding, they moved to Boulder, Colo., where Daryl received his pharmacy degree at the University of Colorado.

Joan worked as a secretary to the dean of the graduate school.

They moved to San Carlos, then Belmont, where Daryl worked as a pharmacist. In 1964, they settled in Santa Rosa. In 1968, they opened Fiesta Pharmacy in Sebastopol. Both Daryl and Joan worked at the pharmacy for 30 years before selling the business and retiring in 1998. During his career, Daryl served on the management committee of Redwood Health Foundation and also was a member of the board of directors of Health Plan of the Redwoods.

Daryl has devoted a lot of his time to the field of sports. He was a Little League coach while his three sons were growing up and has played softball for many years as a member of the Sonoma Fog senior team. Joan was an avid supporter of her son’s games, and now is an equally avid fan of Daryl’s softball team. Daryl also volunteers as a docent at UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Lab. He enjoys playing the ukulele, and his own creation, the ukguitar. His brainchild originated because he wanted to come up with a different sound. He commissioned a custom built instrument that was a combination of a ukulele and guitar.

The result is a unique instrument which allows him to play ukulele chords on a guitar. His favorite types of music to play are country, folk and pop. Throughout their marriage, Joan has enjoyed creating and preparing special meals, which were greatly enjoyed by family and friends. When asked about his favorite meal, Daryl said that was hard to answer because, “She is good at everything.” However, he did mention their children’s favorite is her cioppino and that she is known as the “Appetizer Queen.” He also gave high praise for a spectacular Greek meal she once recreated in remembrance of a meal they had on one of their cruises.

Family members include: son, Michael, and his fiancee Julie Simkovitz, of Santa Rosa; son, Ken, and his wife, Sandy, of Kona, Hawaii; and son, Dan, and his wife, Nancy, of Santa Rosa.

Their advice for a long and happy marriage is to have love and respect; good communication; and support each other’s interests.

They have nine grandchildren.

Their travels have taken them to several countries throughout the world as well as in the U.S., including several trips to Europe, the Far East and Egypt. They have gone on cruises to Mexico, Alaska, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. They enjoy annual winter trips to Hawaii, where they have the opportunity to visit with friends and family.

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