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Joyce J. Moerman

Joyce passed away Friday, June 18, 2021 at Briarwood Assisted Living in Allegan.

She was born March 25, 1939 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of John and Elma (Beacham) VanSweden. Joyce worked at First of America Bank in Otsego, with Cindy Cooper as a realtor and was a mortgage officer at Amerifirst Home Mortgage in Kalamazoo until her retirement. She was a member of the Arabian Horse Association, Plainwell Rotary and Chamber of Commerce and was a trustee for Gun Plain Township. Joyce was a people person and loved helping others. On October 6, 1960 in Kalamazoo she married Ronald Moerman who passed away in 2009.

Surviving are her children, Michelle (Steven) Meert of Allegan, Laura (Esteban “Steve”) Garza of Ohio and John (Amy Showerman) Moerman of Gobles; 6 grandchildren, Stephanie, Samantha, Abigail, Taylor, Haven and Zachary and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Friends may visit with Joyce’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M., with Todd Meert officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Maria Dinah Howrigon

June 19, 2021 at 5:02 pm

Sorry to hear of joyce passing. She was a customer of ours years ago at Modern Cleaners and new her from the bank.


Betty Reimink

June 19, 2021 at 6:13 pm

John and family my condolences are with you. Joyce and I had such good time she at bank me at title office. We continued our friendship seeing each other Fair time. Good memories.


Shari Salewske

June 20, 2021 at 9:12 am

We are so very sorry. Our condolences, prayers and love to the family.


Lou Ann Ambro

June 20, 2021 at 12:15 pm

My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. We shared many, many great times with your mom and dad and it was such a joy watching you all grow up. They’ll always be apart of us. God bless, sending love and prayers.


Jan Sell-Kimble

June 21, 2021 at 3:01 pm

Dear Shelly, Laura, John and families,

We are so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please know that you are being thought of and prayed for during this difficult time. Keep your memories of your mama alive in your hearts FOREVER!! Rest in Peace, Joyce.

Sending love and light,

Jan Sell-Kimble and Mike Kimble


Sally J Birch

June 21, 2021 at 3:22 pm

Dear Michelle, Laura and John,

I want you to know how much I appreciated your mother’s friendship many years ago. She was a lovely and kind person and I have such fond memories of the times we spent together back in the 70’s and 80’s or maybe earlier. It was mostly when your dad was at Mastercraft Corp. I had lunch with her a few years back, but after that unfortunately we kind of lost track of each other. I remember all of you as young children. I know this is an extremely sad time for the family. Just know in your hearts that you were blessed with such a great mother. I send my sincere sympathy, prayers and love.

Sally Dixon-Birch


Mike & Chris VanDenBerg

June 21, 2021 at 4:03 pm

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.


Judy Buist Grams

June 21, 2021 at 6:42 pm

I met Joyce while my Mom lived at Briarwood. Joyce was a breath of fresh air with her humor, kindness, and a certain sweet mischievous air about her that I found endearing. We teased and kidded one another and it was great fun. I wanted her children to know that a stranger grew to have a lot of admiration for their mother. She was special.


Kathy Arehart-Luster

June 22, 2021 at 7:53 pm

So sorry Shelly and Steve. I know how difficult it is to lose a parent. Prayers for healing hearts!


Dianne Burkhart

June 24, 2021 at 2:32 pm

Rest In Peace, DEAR FRIEND What great memories I have of our friendship over the years!!


Veronica Crowell

June 25, 2021 at 8:13 am

Such great memories I have of Joyce. I enjoyed her as loan officer and a dear friend. We took line dancing lessons and had so much fun at Bressa Del Rio. So many memories

I am sure your warm and loving memories of her will be help you thru this difficult time.



Cindi Cooper

July 9, 2021 at 9:57 am

Joyce was a Special friend. We shared even our birthdays together! She made the world better- and especially Plainwell! I will never forget her endless work put into Plainwell Days and the bands that she was able to get to come to our little town! My sympathy goes out to her Family. We should all aspire to caring about people the way Joyce did!


Robin Clark

August 2, 2021 at 11:24 am

I just came across your mom’s obit and was totally surprised. I worked with her at First of America Bank in Allegan back in the day helping with processing mortgage loan paper work. She and your dad were very proud of their Arabian Horses and we had many conversations about them as I also have horses. I have thought about her and your dad throughout the years . They were both very sweet people.


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