Doris Joyce Klemish

East Tawas, Michigan
June 27, 1937 - March 15, 2020


Her family will welcome friends at the church on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of the memorial service.

Service Location

East Tawas Church of the Nazarene


A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the East Tawas Church of the Nazarene. Joyce's family will welcome friends at the church on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the memorial service

Obituary Notice

Doris Joyce Klemish, of East Tawas, formerly of Saginaw, passed away peacefully at her home in the Bay Park Towers on Sunday, March 15, 2020, age 82 years. Joyce was born in Saginaw on June 27, 1937 to Joseph and Dorothy (Murphy) Verlac. She graduated from Saginaw High with the class of 1955 and then began her career as a bookkeeper, mostly in the banking sector. Joyce worked for a Saginaw area bank, People's State Bank in East Tawas for many years. She also was employed through Bridgeport Schools at Brucker Elementary as a secretary, and Glen's Market in Oscoda. Joyce absolutely adored and cherished spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Being outdoors and spending time in her flower garden were activities that Joyce loved to do. She also enjoyed traveling and camping with her family. Joyce was an animal fanatic, and spoiling her dog, Daisy, made her smile! She was a resident of the Bay Park Towers in East Tawas for quite a few years, and during that time Joyce had the opportunity to make many new friends there and she also became involved with some of the management processes as she was an active member of the Bay Park Towers Resident Board. Joyce will truly be remembered and cherished by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her 3 beloved children, Karen (Doyle) Nelkie of East Tawas, Bryan (Judy) Klemish of Grayling, and Scott (Heidi) Klemish of Clay Township; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer Michalski, Andy (Angela) Nelkie, Nicholas Klemish, Jordan Klemish, Melissa Klemish, Craig (Katie) Klemish, and Kyle Klemish; 9 great grandchildren, Hunter, Mason, Ryder, Brendan, Ethan, Hollan, Logan, Leo, and Leola; 1 brother, Ken (Barb) Verlac of East Tawas; 2 sisters, Barb (Roger) Mikusek of Midland, and Nancy (Ron) Graham of Bay City; sister in law, Nancy Verlac of Roscommon; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Klemish, to whom she married on April 12, 1956 in Saginaw. Joyce and Don were married 48 beautiful years until his passing on August 12, 2004. She is also preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Joseph Verlac. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life through a memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the East Tawas Church of the Nazarene. Her family will welcome friends at the church that morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. She will be laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery in East Tawas. Those wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to make a donation to either the Iosco County Animal Humane Society or to the Leukemia Society. An online guest registry is available at


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to either the Iosco County Humane Society or to the Leukemia Society in Joyce's name.


Greenwood Cemetery, East Tawas, Michigan


Sorry Karen and family for the loss of you mom. prayers for all the family. rest in the arms of the lord Joyce.
— janet coyer
She was truly a remarkable and lovely woman. I enjoyed spending time with ur family and visiting with Joyce. Joyce’s smile and laughter was contagious And would brighten the room. I feel it was a privilege to give her a chance to meet Daisy and know that they would be each others best friend. RIP Joyce u will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go to those you left behind. Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can help in any way.
— Meredith Oehring
You are in my thoughts, Karen and Doyle.
— Christine Sheldon
my deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family
— Frank Mahon
Ron and Nancy sorry to hear of this loss the condon family
— george condon
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joyce was always such a lovely, kind, positive and truly classy lady! That smile was contagious!
— Lori Bayn
So deeply sad to hear as bout a Joyce! Such a great lady, always pleasant to be around. I truly loved seeing her when I worked at the towers. She will be missed! 💕🙏 to all of her family
— Janell and mike reed
Karen and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a bright light! Praying for comfort for you and your family, may you find peace in remembering all your wonderful times and memories together.
— Sandy Pelton
Judy, warm gentle distant hugs to you and your family.
— Cheryl Millikin

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