Joyce A. Blanchard

Joyce A. Blanchard

Joyce passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 surrounded by family and friends at Bronson Hospital.

She was born July 20, 1938 in Cooper Township the daughter of Clyde and Alice (Wilson) Rinehart. Joyce was a 1956 Mattawan High School graduate. She had been a caregiver and foster parent to many children over the years. Joyce was a tremendous cook and skilled cake decorator and had made several wedding and graduation cakes. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing.

Joyce was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego and a former member of Alamo Community Congregation Church. On September 8, 1956 at the Grange Hall in Oshtemo she married Dale Blanchard who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Laura Blanchard of Kalamazoo, Connie Blanchard of Benton Harbor; Gary (Denise) Blanchard of Plainwell and many foster children; grandchildren, Josh (Meagan), Derek, Olivia, Elizabeth and Michael; great-granddaughter, Kylie and siblings, Jerry Rinehart, Phyllis Forbes and Terri Rinehart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Lois Miner and James Rinehart.

Joyce’s family would like to thank Dr. Marcia Liepman of Allegan and Dr. John Byrd of Columbus, OH for the wonderful care she received.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with Joyce’s family from 6-8 P.M., Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from noon until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.  

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to First Congregational Church of Otsego or to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

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  1. Pam Kuiper says:

    Dale and family

    Joyce was a great woman and I was blessed to know her. She and my Mom were the pie girls at FCC. Her courage was amazing. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched..

    Prayers and comfort to all of you.


    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Thank you for your kind words.
      – the Blanchard family

  2. Erica Himmelein says:

    Aunt Joyce was a very loving and caring person, she touched a lot of lives, I will miss her warm hugs and her sweet smile. Uncle Dale we love you and pray for comfort and strength..

    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Thank you Erica, hugs.

  3. Crystal Overhuel says:

    You are in my heart… Thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you.

    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Thank you Crystal, hugs.

  4. Deb Lovett-Seekman says:

    Sorry for the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,

    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Thank you Deb, hugs.

  5. Joyce Gilliland says:

    Joyce always helped at Otsego UMC in the kitchen during Bible School when our churches had combined Bible school. Always helping and always smiling. Sending our love and hugs to the family.

    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Mom judged a church by the size of its kitchen. She always enjoyed working with you at UMC for the children.

  6. julie shannon says:

    Joyce was a great Lady loved seeing her at the blood drives. She will be missed!!!

    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Thank you for your kind words Julie.
      – the Blanchard family

  7. Julie (Ballard) Betzler says:

    I remember you mother fondly! As a young child getting to know her and your family as we were welcomed into your family, as we grew up next door to Grandma and Grandpa Rinehart. Sending much love to your family.

    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Thank you for your kind words Julie. I have the last bit of Rinehart property, the house that Uncle Bruce built. You should pop by sometime when my truck is there and say hello.

  8. chuck gross says:

    love you will I=miss your goodies see you in heaven

    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Thank you, Chuck
      – the Blanchard family

  9. Jim & Janice Rice says:

    We are so sorry to learn of Joyce’s passing. She lived her Christian faith through her kindness and service to others. Her example of how to live this life was truly an inspiration to us all.

    Please find comfort and strength in knowing that she has been welcomed to Heaven and into the arms of Our Lord & Savior. May God Bless her Family and others that she loved and who loved her.


    • Laura Blanchard says:

      Thank you for your kind words Jim & Janice, hugs
      – the Blanchard family

  10. Jo Erkel says:

    We just found out a few hrs. ago from Connie that Joyce passed into glory and is now in the presence of our Lord and Savior. She and your dad were Christ’s hands and feet to us throughout our time at the Otsego church as well as in the years following. We enjoyed so much playing dominoes with them, going for ice cream or out to eat when your mom felt well enough to go. They loved us and accepted us for which we will always be grateful. I will miss your mom’s smile, laughter, kindness and love. When her counts were off we would talk for long periods of time on the phone. She was also a good example for me of how she took care of her mom all those years and the tenderness she showed her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love and hugs to your dad, Laura, and to the rest of the family. Pastor Steve and Jo Erkel United Church of Beloit, Beloit, WI

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