Joanne T. Hintz

East Tawas, Michigan
November 29, 1930 - October 31, 2017

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church


A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 4, 2017

Obituary Notice

Joanne Hintz, long time resident of East Tawas, formerly of Bay City, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, age 86 years.  Joanne was born in Detroit in 1930, to Alfred and Mary “Phyllis" (Morand) Morin. Joanne made a career out of making other people happy, especially her family whom she adored.  Up until her recent illness she volunteered for the Tawas FISH, Inc. and Red Cross Blood Drives. She was an avid fan of antiques and garage sales.  Joanne parlayed her hobby into being one of the original members of Uncle Winnie’s Antiques Store.  She had an eye for value both in material goods as well as people. She was an enthusiastic woman who loved the outdoors. You could often find her jogging, cross-country skiing, metal detecting, or playing tennis.  Back in the day she was a member of the Tawas Area Tennis Association (TATA for short, which we loved to tease her about) as well the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and the Red Cross Swimming programs.  It’s hard to imagine she had time to raise six kids. In recent years she was better known as, “Grandma by the Beach”, and she relished in the grandchildren visiting her and getting sand everywhere in the house -- even if the parents didn’t. Joanne is survived by her 6 loving children, Kathy (Doug) Orton of Brighton, Barb (Dave) Curtis of Brighton, James Hintz of Owosso, Mark (Dana) Hintz of Sarasota, Florida, Judy (Mark) Timreck of East Tawas, and Matthew (Christine) Hintz of Cary, Illinois; brother Bill (Judy) Morin; 12 grandchildren, Theresa Orton, Jennifer Dow, David and Nickolas Curtis, Marina and Sierra Hintz, Gretchen Mitchell-Metcalf, Kristina, Joseph (Kara), and Michael Timreck, and Renee and Jason Hintz; also 9 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.  Joanne is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Leonard “Jim” Hintz, also formerly of Bay City; brother John “Jack” Morin; sister Rosemary Todd; grandson Christopher Orton; great grandson Andrew “AJ” Tinch. Per her wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial mass will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. Joanne’s family will welcome friends and family at the church, from 10:00 AM until the mass at 11:00 AM.  Those wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to consider a memorial donation to the Tawas Area Education Foundation, P.O BOX 81, EAST TAWAS, MI 48730 ( or the Hospital Hospitality McNally House of Saginaw, 1701 North Michigan, Saginaw 48602. An on line guest registry is available at


Tawas Area Education Foundation

P.O BOX 81, EAST TAWAS, MI 48730


Hospital Hospitality McNally House of Saginaw

1701 North Michigan

Saginaw, MI  48602


She lived her life simply, happily, without demand. Peanut butter and crackers were her caviar. She was deserving of more but wanting of little. Her presence was welcoming and reassuring. She accepted you for who you were. Always willing to listen. She was proud of her family and her community. Six very diversely opinionated kids, almost as strongly opinionated as their father, and yet she maintained an open and welcoming house where we all enjoyed gathering. Truly, she had the patience of a saint.
The last few weeks were hard. Many ups and downs. But it encapsulated Joanne’s fortitude; her attitude towards life: She was strong, courageous, and humble; Always looking forward; Always polite; She was inspirational in her determination to live, and was very happy to have her family by her side.
Joanne was a lovely woman, mother, and wife. More than that, she was a wonderful person. She was genuine. She was most beautiful in her spirit, her smile.
While looking through pictures we found a reunion name badge with what we believe was her high-school senior quote, “I may be personally defeated, but my principles, never.” They described her as doing a great job as Editor of the Senior Herald as well as in her work in the Sodality, Glee Club, Choir, Debating and Bowling Clubs and as a cheerleader. A willing worker, a good student, and a grand pal to all, we know she’ll succeed.
She did.
Ever since I was young she would fuss about table settings, keeping the house clean, etc. I would ask why she was going through so much trouble. She always said, “I want to be ready in case the queen stops by.” Looking back, I realize now, she was always there.
— Matthew Hintz
Judy and family; I am saddened about the passing of your mother. She was one of the most beautiful people I ever knew, inside and out. How will you run your garage sale without her? I will miss seeing her every so often. My sincere condolences go out to you and your entire family.
— Jan Albosta
Matthew- what a lovely tribute to your Mom. I am so sorry for your loss. I know the pain of this journey- sending love and light up from South Carolina.
— Christine Elder (Jeannie Cauchy's daughter)
I'm really glad I was able to see her this summer in good spirits. She always had such a great smile and hugs! If there was a memory left of my mom it was in the gleam of her sister's eye. I will miss her very much...

I may be the lucky nephew, but I never heard her raise her voice, she never had to scold me. As a child I remember her being such a gentle person, with a whisper and a look you would know how to behave around her! Her world had order..

Saying that I think Jim was her opposite...? Looking back I remember he could push her buttons.. LOL!
Wonder if some of that rubbed off on me? In my own marriage I think opposites just seem to work.
I cant imagine her with out Jim, Ying and Yang...

As I've grown from a child to a man she has kept in touch with Christmas cards and letters.
I will miss the summer visits. She would welcome me in and offer drinks and food and we would sit and talk for a few hours, she always had great advice and seemed interested in what was happening in my life. These are my last memories of her. Years and years of great visits, hugs and smiles! Great memories.

I am so sorry for your loss dear cousins..

Even though both our parents are gone, we are Family and I hope to share many great memories in the future...
Hopefully I will still have my summer visits?
I'm sure she would want that.
— Mike Todd

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