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Joan R. Martin

Joan passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego.

She was born August 26, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Alphonsus and Ruth (Bengtsson) Utt. Joan was a kind hearted woman who always thought of others before herself. She was an exceptional cook, baking being her specialty. Her Chocolate chip cookies were a particular favorite with family and friends. Joan was the happiest when she was surrounded by family at football games, traveling in the RV or parties. She married Donald Martin who passed away in 2011.

Surviving are her sons, Garry Martin of Portage, Greg (Jan) Martin of Otsego, Randy Martin of Portage and Rob (Michelle) Martin of Kentwood; 6 grandchildren, Sarah (Marc), Jenny (Devin), Andrew (Brandi), Zachary, Alex and Nathan; 3 great-grandchildren, Callen, Damen and Exander; sister, Jean Barringer and several special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM June 22, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 8047 Church Street, Richland, Michigan with Dr. Mark Jennings, Pastor officiating. A luncheon will follow. A private family burial of ashes will take place at Prairie Home Cemetery in Richland.

Contributions in memory of Joan may be made to

Great Lakes Caring Hospice

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Jan Martin

June 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took his hand when I heard him call;

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,

To laugh, to love, to work and play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way;

I found that place at the close of day

If my parting has left a void.

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared a laugh, a kiss;

Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much;

Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seems all to brief;

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now,

He set me free


Tracy jorgensen

June 13, 2018 at 8:44 pm

We the staff at Vicinia, Thank you, the family for allowing us the pleasure of sharing your mom. She was many things to each of us. She started as a resident and along the journey became an acquaintance, friend then she became family. The laughs will always shine bright. God bless each of you. Love Vicinia Crew


Shelly Olson

June 14, 2018 at 1:41 am

Greg & Jan,

I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your mom really loved her family. She is dancing on streets of gold, holding the hand of our Lord & Savior now. You will see her again soon! Praying for comfort & peace.


Mike & Chris VanDenBerg and Family

June 14, 2018 at 5:58 am

Sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family.


Kevin & Shar

June 14, 2018 at 11:15 am


Sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.


Judy VanDenBerg

June 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm

So sorry for your loss..Sending (((HUGS))) and prayers for you and your family.


Williams Family

June 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm

The death of a loved one is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are those who care about you and your family during this difficult time and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that “God is near to those that are broken at heart. We pray that Jehovah the God of all comfort is with the family during this difficult time of grief. Our prayers are with you and your family.


Dawn and Bob Wolownik

June 21, 2018 at 9:29 am

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.


Mary and Ray Huysman

June 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

Our condolences and prayers to the family during this difficult time. I remember my Aunt Joan as a very sweet and kind lady.


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