Joan Elizabeth VanSumeren
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
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
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 www.bureshfuneralhomes.com
St, Joseph Catholic Cemetery ~ East Tawas