Joan A. Richer, age 85, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at Lakeview Assisted Living.
Joan was born September 23, 1937, in Escanaba, the daughter of Norrie and Linnea (Johnson) Holmlund.
She attended and graduated from Rapid River High School. She furthered her education at Northern Michigan University.
Joan was united in marriage to Richard Richer. He preceded her in death.
Joan was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and Detroit Tiger fan. She was a Cub Scout leader, 4-H leader, she enjoyed traveling and going out to eat. Joan enjoyed sewing as well and her time spent as an office employee with AC Nielsen Company.
Joan was a light in everyone’s life. Her smile was contagious. She was a devoted member of Grace Church. Her church family adored her. She enjoyed their bible studies. In earlier years she enjoyed cooking her homemade spaghetti and canning.
She will be extremely missed by all who knew her.
Joan is survived by:
Children: Regina Richer of Lincoln Park, MI
Rodney Richer of Gladstone, MI
Sisters: Mary Ann Lavigne of Rapid River, MI
Betty (Harvey) Setter of Gladstone, MI
Carol (Dennis) Sabo of Gladstone, MI
Pam Smeester of Rapid River, MI
7 Grandchildren: RaShae, Sydney, Jarin, Skye, Sabrina, Sergei and Cole.
6 Great Grandchildren: Destinee, John Jr., Izaiah, Julius, Boone and Jace
And numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and many special friends.
In addition to her Parents and Husband, Joan was preceded in death by:
Sister: Vera Vietzke
Sister: Peggy Berglund
Family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Grace Church in Gladstone. A funeral service will begin at 1:00 PM at the Grace Church with Pastor Tim Haugen officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Federation for the Blind or Grace Church. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Richer family.