ForeverMissed

Thank you for being here on Joan's memorial page. Please feel free to add stories or photos. We will post an update for a memorial service as soon as we have the plans finalized. We want to give out of town guests an opportunity to plan for travel.


Posted by Mark Anderson on April 22, 2020
My sisters and I were just talking about Mrs. Landers, and what good times there were. When this email reminder popped up, I took the time to look at the photos again, remembering the 60's on 49th, Cookie the dog (how does one remember that so long ago?) and so many great times. Driving us to the basketball league in Pompano, beach, summer movies at the Coral Ridge theater. And that the house was always seemed to be rearranged.  It is a shame she is gone, but she is not forgotten.
Posted by Lisa Landers on April 22, 2020
Today marks the 1st anniversary of your passing Mom..But you by far are not forgotten..we talk of you often..Many things continue to make us laugh. I see some of you in my girls, your strong independ personality and quick witted comments. I learned alot from you over the years and many things will stay with me forever.... life is moving on but your spirit continues and you will never be forgotten..with love always, Lisa
Posted by Mark Anderson on May 21, 2019
For my sisters and I, we lost a second Mom. I think we spent as much time in the Landers' house as our own when we were growing up. We are going to miss her laugh, big time Christmas decorations, and warmth. They were great days growing up, and Mrs. Landers will always be a core part of that.
Posted by John Landers on April 24, 2019
Kathy and I would come to mom and dad's condo once a year. Our visit was never complete until we saw Jack and Joan. They were always loving, gracious and very welcoming. We always had a wonderful and fun time. They are missed and loved. Keep us in mind for her memorial.

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Posted by Mark Anderson on April 22, 2020
My sisters and I were just talking about Mrs. Landers, and what good times there were. When this email reminder popped up, I took the time to look at the photos again, remembering the 60's on 49th, Cookie the dog (how does one remember that so long ago?) and so many great times. Driving us to the basketball league in Pompano, beach, summer movies at the Coral Ridge theater. And that the house was always seemed to be rearranged.  It is a shame she is gone, but she is not forgotten.
Posted by Lisa Landers on April 22, 2020
Today marks the 1st anniversary of your passing Mom..But you by far are not forgotten..we talk of you often..Many things continue to make us laugh. I see some of you in my girls, your strong independ personality and quick witted comments. I learned alot from you over the years and many things will stay with me forever.... life is moving on but your spirit continues and you will never be forgotten..with love always, Lisa
Posted by Mark Anderson on May 21, 2019
For my sisters and I, we lost a second Mom. I think we spent as much time in the Landers' house as our own when we were growing up. We are going to miss her laugh, big time Christmas decorations, and warmth. They were great days growing up, and Mrs. Landers will always be a core part of that.
her Life

Joan Ann Landers, of Oakland Park, FL, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019 at the age of 87. She was born in 1931 in New Jersey to the late Drusilla and Lloyd Knapp. She was very proud of her brother, Lloyd Knapp, who died while serving in the military when Joan was a teenager. She married John (Jack) Landers in 1965 who preceded her in death in 2004 and they raised five children together.

For many years, Joan worked at Point of Americas and was well known for her amazing parties that she and Jack would host in their home. Christmas time was always everyone's favorite as Joan and Jack would enlist their children, neighbors, and anyone they could find, to help decorate the entire inside of their house, including the bathrooms. It was truly a winter wonderland in sunny Florida. Everyone who knew them has a story to tell about “this one time at the Landers' house....”. It's easy to recall her welcoming you to her home with a huge smile and an equally large glass of wine. Many weekends were spent out on their boat, or, as they liked to call it, “a hole into the water into which one throws money”. And there isn't enough time to talk about all their trips to Disney World and how much they loved Mickey Mouse.

Joan was truly dedicated to her Oakland Park community and she enjoyed the time she spent in the Garden Club. We think her favorite part were the parties she hosted for them, but she also loved learning about plants. She was one of the people to help open the South Florida Wildlife Center in 1969 and she volunteered many years there. As such, she became known as the “bird lady of Oakland Park” and would help injured birds by rehabilitating them in an aviary she asked (made) her husband to build on the back of their home.

She is survived by her children, Drue Murray and her husband Len Murray, Al Landers, Jack Landers and his wife Lisa Landers, and Chris Landers and her wife Rae Landers. Joan's middle child, Janet Landers, passed away in 1985. She also had four loving grandchildren Tiana, Reno, Julia and Brooke, and a great-granddaughter, Aubriella.

A Celebration of Life service will be planned in the coming months. The family would love for anyone to make a contribution in Joan's name to the South Florida Wildlife Center (www.southfloridawildlifecenter.org) as this non-profit has always been so important to her. When making a donation, please mark it as "In Memory Of" and then fill in her name. You do not need to fill out the areas regarding "notification recipient". The wildlife center knows how to reach us. Thank you.

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Shared by Mark Anderson on May 21, 2019

Many will remember how much Mrs. Landers went to heal broken birds.  If one was hit or injured, they brought it to her. I believe it was Mr. Landers built a free flowing bird area out on the patio, full of mourning doves, night hawks,and other native birds, as well as parakeets etc..I really don't remember exactly when or why she took this on, but it was the most significant endeavor I had ever seen. 

Unfortunately, at about this time I had learned how to mimic the mating call of those love lorn mourning doves and could set them off cooing crazily for a very long time.  Which to a young boy was hysterical, but this was not amusing at all to Mrs. Landers, and it was part of my education process to learn a fast exit!

Joan and Point of the Americas

Shared by Gretchen Rieger on April 28, 2019

Joan was still helping people open up and close up their condos at Point of the Americas about 4 years ago.  She would call me and ask me to go over there and do things for her.  She has been a great friend.


I will miss her


Gretchen Rieger

Wonderfull Memories of Joan and Jacaranda Garden Circle

Shared by Gretchen Rieger on April 28, 2019

You Have been a good friend.


Joan and I were members of Jacaranda and Cassia garden circles for many years.  She was a great comfort to me when I lost my husband in 2007.  Many many a Garden Club Christmas party at the Landers home.  Always decorated to the max.  

Love to you family and friends


Cynthia H Rieger