Joan Mae Loss

Joan M. (O’Lone) Loss of Dundee, Michigan passed away at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Monroe, Michigan on Friday; October 21, 2022. Joan was preceded in death by her parents: James and Frances (Solek) O’Lone; her brother: Richard O’Lone; and her husband: Max Duane Loss, who passed away in July of 1997 after fifty years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Cindy K. Marsh in August, 2020.

Joan was born in Ida, Michigan on March 18, 1930 and moved to Dundee in 1939. She graduated from Dundee High School in 1947 and married Duane on June 28 that same year. Joan worked at Wolverine Plastics and was a member of the Peoples Presbyterian Church in Milan. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and Dundee Senior Citizens.        

Joan was an avid bowler beginning at the age of twelve. In the 1964 - 65 season Joan bowled a 257 game with a 663 series. She carried a 171 average. Joan and Duane bowled in “Ma and Pa” leagues in both Dundee and Milan.  

Joan and Duane square danced and camped with Joan’s cousins, Mick and Jean Solek. For a number of years Joan and Duane, along with Wyman and Ruth Hanson, were responsible for decorating the graves of veterans for Memorial Day.

Joan moved to Rawson Place in 1999.  She loved playing cards several times a week with the other residents.  In November, 2021 she moved to Wellspring.

Joan is survived by her children: Michael (Deb) Loss of Iowa City, Iowa, Vicki (Dennis) Lautzenheiser of Jackson, Michigan, and Mark (Diane) Loss of Dundee. In addition, she is survived by grandchildren: Dr. Michelle (Matt) Miller of Iowa, Teresa Smucker of Indiana, Joel Loss of Iowa, Matthew (Michelle) Oppenheim of Grand Ledge, Dr. Joshua (Dr. Julie) Oppenheim of Kansas, Jacob (Indie) Marsh of South Korea, Jody Marsh of Dundee, John Miller of Petersburg, Mark Loss of Lambertville and Aaron (Jordan) Loss of Lambertville. Joan also is survived by twelve great-grandchildren: Haley and Brynn Miller, Kalvin Loss, Jacob and T.J. Smucker, Noah, Ella and Ava Oppenheim, Anthony Behring, Eleanor Marsh, Trent Miller, and Camden and Henley Loss.

Friends may gather on Saturday; October 29, 2022 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, Dundee; 297 Tecumseh Street, Dundee, Michigan 48131 (734) 529-3156. A Celebration of Joan’s Life will begin at 1:00pm also at Merkle’s followed by a procession to Maple Grove Cemetery, Dundee.

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