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Joanne Marie Francis

July 31, 1938 - April 20, 2019



Joanne Marie Francis of Mesick died Saturday morning, April 20, 2019 at her home. She was 80.

Joanne was born on July 31, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan to Walter & Laura (Colvia) Freitag and they preceded her in death.

Joanne attended school downstate and worked various jobs there until moving to the Mesick area in 1987. She loved horses, and was known for raising Shihtzu dogs for years. She was a hard worker, excellent cook and enjoyed gardening and her flowers and watching people work and was a dedicated mother.

Survivors include her 3 sons: Terry (Ruth) Francis of Kentucky, David Francis (Jennifer Shirilla) of Mesick, and Daniel (Nan) Francis of Texas; 2 grandchildren: Jessica Woodall and John John Wes VanBrocklin; a brother, Donald (Patricia) Freitag of North Carolina and a sister, Irene Liabenow of Cadillac many nieces and nephews and her dogs: Korky, Jelly and Dawyn. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Steinman.

Family and friends will gather at the residence of David Francis Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 4:00 PM to share in a time of fellowship and remember Joanne.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family. An online guestbook is available at

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