In Loving Memory
Joan Markowitz
1/29/1933 to 8/3/2006

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Apple Valley resident, Joan Sherman Markowitz, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on August 3, 2006 from emphysema. She was 73 year old. Born in Philadelphia on January 29, 1933, Joan was adopted by Edward & Lillyn Sherman and grew up in Beverly Hills, CA. Her father was the agent for Abbott & Costello and many other Hollywood stars. In her early years, Joan loved to sing and act. After graduating high school she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps during the Korean conflict and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. She was awarded the Commendation Medal for meritorious service to her country. She later worked for NBC on the TV show, “Bonanza.” She was given the name “Madam of the Ponderosa” by Dan Blocker (who played Hoss) because she gave the ranch its name. She has enjoyed going to Bonanza reunions, meeting and chatting online with Bonanza fans from all over the world.

Joan moved to the High Desert in 1976, making Apple Valley her home for the last 30 years. She loved the desert and began visiting here in the 1960’s. Joan loved to ride horses, bowl in leagues and hang out with friends at The Apple Valley Inn, Gold Strike Lanes and the Moose Lodge. Before her retirement in 1999, Joan worked for High Desert Rehabilitation as an Administrative Assistant.

Joan raised two children as a single parent, Cheryl & Phillip Markowitz, both of whom still live and work in the High Desert. The whole family loved to travel and together they visited such places as Israel, England, Ireland, France, Spain, and Washington D.C. She also loved music and went to many concerts including, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Cirque du Soliel and American Idol. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Sherman, Colorado and her sister, Susan Sherman, New York. Joan was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by all her family, friends and Bonanza fans. We love you mom.

A memorial service will be held at Dudley Mortuary in Apple Valley on Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 10:00am. Brian Walton will be officiating. A graveside service will follow at Sunset Hills cemetery in Apple Valley.

If you wish to make a donation in her honor, please go online to:  and print a donation form to mail in to: Women’s Memorial Foundation, Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560. Flowers will be accepted in her honor at Dudley Mortuary, 16095 Tuscola Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307.

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