Joan Elizabeth VanSumeren

East Tawas
July 29, 1935 - December 22, 2019


Her family will welcome friends at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City on Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM for a time of gathering. A Scripture Service is scheduled for Sunday evening at 6:30 PM at the funeral home

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church ~ East Tawas


A memorial mass is scheduled for Monday, December 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas

Obituary Notice

Joan Elizabeth VanSumeren, of East Tawas, was born July 29, 1935 to Anna (Schmidt) and Richard Look. She died 12/22/2019 at the age of 84. Joanie is preceded in death by both parents, and siblings, Lucille Cummings, Marjorie Miller, Kenneth Look, Herald Look, Virginia Hulea and Dorothy LaChapelle. She is survived by siblings Mary Jean Groff, Lois Perry, Millie Kaems and Dick Look.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, William Rapp, with whom she had a daughter, Teri Rapp.
Joanie later married Joseph VanSumeren on 9/15/1979, and while he also has preceded her in death, she had the privilege of sharing nine children with him; Patrick VanSumeren, Candace (Terry) Fancil, Nina Dacephinais, Cynthia (Raymond) Bruning, Joseph VanSumeren, Rebecca (James) French, Lourie Kershner, Diana (Stevie) Cole, and Tamara (John) Maser.
Joanie is also preceded in death by her third husband, Lewis Jones, whom she married 3/4/2005.
Joanie is survived by more than 120 grandchildren and great grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She lived a devoted Catholic life and was involved in Holy Family Catholic Church where she served as a religious education instructor and eucharist minister for many years.
Joanie served the public as a beautician for over 50 years and was also a cosmetology instructor.
Joanie enjoyed being with people and loved children. She kept a wonderful positive perspective, regardless of life’s situation, and was quicker to laugh at herself than at anyone else. She always wore a smile on her face, and had a kind heart, full and generous for others.
Laughter and play were her spiritual practices as much as prayer and fasting, and there are grandchildren who remember her doing handstands with them when she was 50 to prove it.
A memorial mass will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas, MI. The family will have a gathering on Sunday from 2-7 pm (Scripture service at 6:30 pm) at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City, MI. You may offer condolences at


St, Joseph Catholic Cemetery ~ East Tawas


Prayers and hugs Teri to you and all your family
— janet coyer
R.I.P. Beautiful lady,,,,An awesome beautiful lady inside and out. Prayers and condolences to the family..
— Patti Whitford
Joanie was a beautiful lady in all ways! She will be greatly missed. Condolences to all of her family. It was an honor to be her friend!
— Blinda Baker
RIP my dear beautiful friend of the early 1950s. You went tip toeing in my thoughts Dec. 22. Was busy ,thinking will call you for Christmas as I did to find your phone no longer taking calls . Could not reach Teri on hers .
I will always remember our laughs to keep our heads in the right direction , years we worked together are great memories So great full for our last talk .You will never be forgotten dear one. Love and
My Deepest Sympathy to All your family sorry Unable to be with you. In Fl. At the time.♥️😢🌹
— L. Jean Francis
Rest In Peace, beautiful, Jonie. Teri, I am so sorry for your loss.
— Laura
We are so sorry for the loss of such a fine lady. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
— Schneider Family
Teri, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing! Joanie was such a beautiful, faithful lady and a wonderful friend to me! She was one of the first ladies I got to know in the church when I moved to Tawas. She was so friendly to everyone and her laugh was contagious! May your memories bring you peace and comfort!
— Sharon Gracik
You were the best neighbor ever. Rest In Peace Joanne . To Teri and all the family our deepest sympathy.
— Bob & Kharla Howser
Joanie, thank you for sharing your warm, loving and forgiving nature with me. It will always be a part of who I have become. You have become a huge gift to the people who have had the privilege of knowing you.. And Terri, I will keep your family in my prayers.
— Sr. Pat Magee,OP
Heaven now has another Angel. Sympathy to all the families.
— Tommy lee
She was a wonderful lady and good friend. Our condolences to the family.
— Bob and Ann Pawloski
RIP my dear friend. My customers still ask about you when you were kind enough to take over for me so I could have a vacation. Everyone loved you. Condolences to your family.
— Karen Curtis

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