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Joan W. Button

Joan passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021 at her home in Otsego.

She was born June 30, 1933 in Allegan, the daughter of John and Winnie (Zoet) Seekman. Joan worked at Pipp Community Hospital in the cafeteria, housekeeping and physical therapy department. She enjoyed sulky racing, ceramics and flower gardening. She was a former member of the Otsego Moose Lodge and the Michigan Harness Horse Association.

In the 1950’s she married Charles Groen who passed away in 1967. On September 25, 1971 in Otsego she married Willard Button who passed away in 1994.

Surviving are her daughter, Karen (Groen) Hahn of Otsego; 2 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Hunt of Otsego along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, daughter, Krista Groen and her 6 siblings.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Joan may be made to

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Terri Gott

January 24, 2021 at 4:59 pm

Karen, so sorry to read this. She will be missed.

Terri Gott.


Don and Sally Dam

January 24, 2021 at 5:06 pm

Karen we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your MOM, many HUGS and PRAYERS for you!


Mary Lou Seekman

January 24, 2021 at 5:51 pm

Dear Karen:

My thoughts are with you as you face this unhappy time. Wishing you strength and hope.

Love ,

Aunt Mary Lou


Kathleen Fisher

January 24, 2021 at 6:14 pm

I worked with Joanie at Pipp, and I just loved her! She was always so kind and quick with a smile. Prayers go out to her family for comfort and healing.


Roxanne Orr

January 24, 2021 at 8:11 pm

So very sorry for your loss Karen. Sending you hugs and prayers during your time of grief.


Debby Nutter

January 24, 2021 at 9:21 pm

So very sorry for your loss Karen. Ypu and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. You Mom was a great lady and will be missed.


Lynne Boss Fahrne

January 24, 2021 at 9:26 pm

Karen, I very sorry to hear that Aunt Jo has pasted away.

I will always hold a,special place in my heart for Aunt Jo and you

We had many great times at your home. God be with you. God bless you with peace, love, comfort and guidance much love and many hugs ❤


Kathy Smith

January 24, 2021 at 10:41 pm

Treated. me with love and kindness welcomed me into her home.Went with me to Chicago in 2006 to the moose convention , Special memories made love this family.Karen you and the family are in our prayers .


Perez family member

January 24, 2021 at 11:37 pm

was my next door neighbor for my whole life. She knew every single person’s birthday in my family and would always ask how we were doing. And would always be out gardening or doing something outside, she loved sitting outside on the warm summer morning. Rest in paradise <3


Jacquie Fillmore

January 25, 2021 at 9:22 am

So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who loved her flowers. Tough to the end. May the family find peace and comfort. Prayers and Hugs to you all


Patti (Khodl) Hewitt

January 25, 2021 at 11:22 am

Joanie was a dear! I came to know her when working at Pipp. She was one to express herself and telling it like it is. Last time I saw her was at Walmart. We chatted, & hugged each other. To her family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Joanie was one of a kind. She will be missed.


Dianne Yeaman

January 25, 2021 at 11:32 am

Was sadden to hear that Jo passed away. I will miss her! Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Aunt Dianne and Paul


George and Joyce Galloway

January 25, 2021 at 8:24 pm

We so sorry to hear that Joan had passed away. I have known Joan since I started Kindergarten at the Osborn School and George knew her well through horse racing, she was always such a warm friendly person.. We always enjoyed talking with her.



January 25, 2021 at 11:18 pm

Karen…very sorry about your mom. We offer sincere condolences.

Lark & Penny Baker


Jane Allen

January 26, 2021 at 8:53 am

Karen, So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Just know that she is in a better place. Hugs and prayers for you and your families.


Diane Watson

January 26, 2021 at 5:01 pm

I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom she was a sweet lady sending hugs and prayers


June Kennedy

January 26, 2021 at 10:16 pm

I worked with Joan at Pipp Hospital. Joan was such a positive person to be around. She had such a lovely smile. She was just a wonderful person. Prayers to the family.


Barb & Dave Blanchard

January 27, 2021 at 11:14 am

A big hug to you and your family Karen. All of you are in our prayers. Take care.


Jan jameson

January 27, 2021 at 7:02 pm

So very sorry,Karen. Loved your mom. She was a gem. I was honored to have been a friend of hers.

R.I.P. Ma.


Kim Schaafsma

January 28, 2021 at 6:18 pm

Karen, Prayers of strength and comfort. Hugs and Love


Kim Schaafsma

January 28, 2021 at 6:22 pm

Karen, Prayers of strength and comfort. Hugs and Love Kim and Michael Schaafsma


Bonnie Harter

January 31, 2021 at 6:08 pm

Karen. So sorry for your loss. I worked with your mom at the William Crispe home in Plainwell. I often thought of her when I passed her house going to Allegan. She could always make you laugh. May God give you comfort, strength and peace.


Terri Enos

February 2, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Always in my heart COACH!! Say hey to Joyce for me. Soar above us and keep us safe.



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