Went to be with our Heavenly Father on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 with the love of her life by her side. Joan was born in Allegan, MI, on January 20th, 1934, a surprise addition to Clare and Mildred (Stewart) Stegeman, as they had a three year old daughter and were only expecting a son to be born, but were blessed with a surprise of a twin daughter as well. Joan was a graduate of Allegan High School, Class of 1952 after which she received her teaching degree at County Normal. She taught at a one room school house at the Wetmore School. Joan caught the eye of a girlfriend’s date and on June 10th, 1954 in Victoria, TX she married the love of her life of 56 years, Fred Volker, who survives. Joan was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego, where she gained the dear friendship of a special group of ladies known as The Golden Girls. She loved to sew and crochet/knit for her family. Crafts and ceramics were her passion as well. Home-made cinnamon rolls and donuts for Memorial Day on Farmer St. were her specialty. She was one very talented woman. Joan and Fred were loving foster parents to many newborn babies in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Clare and Mildred Stegeman and her beloved twin brother, John Stegeman. She is survived by her loving husband, Fred; son, Jeffery (Ingrid) Volker; daughters, Nancy Oberlin and Sarah (Tom) Clemens; grandchildren, Abby Volker, Ryan Oberlin, Lorie (Scott) Bruyere, Ross Volker, Meghan and Molly Clemens; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Delaney Boone, Braylen Bruyere and one on the way, Baby Oberlin; a sister, Sally (Ray) Titus of Waldwick, NJ; many nieces and nephews.
Friends may meet with Joan’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, Pastor Don Ray officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.
Contributions in memory of Joan may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the First Congregational Church of Otsego.Print Obituary & Condolences