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Joan M Hoffman

December 16, 1937 — July 26, 2021

In memory of Joan M.Hoffman Joan was born in Grand Rapids in December 1937, the daughter of Robert and Eleanore (Stapleton) Withey, and she passed away on July 26, 2021. Joan was a Registered Nurse and graduated from Mount Carmel nursing school. Joan was a dearly beloved friend, wife, mother, aunt, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother, spreading her love and endless optimism across generations. Joan was loved by all who knew her. She was a loving, caring and giving woman who gave of herself in countless ways. Joan loved being needed and caring for others. In addition to raising her own, Joan fostered numerous children, and volunteered for countless organizations that needed her skills and training. She took on an endless list of causes to help those less fortunate. Caring for others was her passion. Professionally, Joan served others as a nurse for over 40 years, working throughout the state of Michigan from Detroit to Charlevoix and countless places in between. After her children were grown, Joan also spent time as a traveling nurse based out of Santa Barbara, CA, caring for others across the country. Nursing was her calling and her passion. In 2020 she volunteered her time at her residence the Fountains to help organize COVID-19 vaccinations for members of the community. She always gave of herself and her time no matter what the cause. Joan particularly loved children and never met a baby she wouldn’t immediately want to hold. She actively followed all the endless activities of her children and grandchildren from near and far. She was also an avid sports fan, and there was not a sport she wouldn’t watch. She was particularly enamored by those schools near and dear to her children such as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, the University of Texas, and Notre Dame. The things we will most miss about Joan are her indomitable spirit, boundless optimism, and love for life. She spread love and happiness wherever she went, always saw the good in others and lived in a world where the glass was always “half full”. She listened to you, loved you, saw you, and heard you. She was loved by many, and will be missed by all. A woman of deep faith in God, Joan passed calmly knowing she was moving on to be with those loved ones who have gone before her. She was preceded in death by her brother Bill Withey. Joan is survived by her four children: Tim (Melanie) Hoffman of Fenton, MI, Paul (Shauna) Hoffman of Williamston, MI, Lisa (Clay) Miller of Edina, MN and Carla (Steve) Dick of Portage, MI. Joan also had ten beloved grandchildren: Corinne Chapman, Aubrie (Hoffman) Eaton and Michelle Hoffman, Mallory, Westley and Cassidy Hoffman, Samantha and Sonya Miller, Ella and Cameron Dick, and two beautiful great-grandchildren Maricella and Sophia Eaton. As well as former husband Robert Hoffman. A celebration in Joan’s memory is planned at Schrier Park (850 W Osterhout Ave, Portage, MI 49002), in Portage on Friday August 20, 2021 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s church in Charlevoix on Saturday, Sept 4th at 11 a.m. A burial will follow after mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Charlevoix, MI. A celebration of life will follow the service at the Charlevoix Historic Train Depot (307 Chicago Ave, Charlevoix, MI 49720). Flowers (sent to St. Mary’s Church, 1003 Bridge St., Charlevoix, MI 49720) and donations to the American Nursing Foundation in memory of Joan Hoffman are both welcome. If you wish to make an online donation to the American Nursing Foundation please Click here. Or you may mail your donation to the address below. American Nurses Foundation P.O. Box 504342 Saint Louis, MO 63150
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