Joan M. Michel, 87, passed away Dec. 26, 2019, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. Joan was born in Servia, Indiana on June 5, 1932, to Lowell S. Poer and Ethel M. (Flora).
Joan met the love of her life, C. Robert Michel and they were married on April 16, 1950. They were married for 65 years, until Robert passed away May 21, 2015. Joan received a Master’s Degree in Cosmetology from Fort Wayne Beauty College in 1962. After graduation, she opened a shop in her home called Bridgeview Beauty Salon, that she operated for 10 years. She then attended Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne, where she received a degree in food management. With that education she became a kitchen supervisor at Peabody Retirement Community, performing her duties there for 16 years, retiring in 1996. She was a member of the First Brethren Church in North Manchester. She enjoyed camping, mowing at Village Hamlet, wintering in Texas, and spending time with her great-great grandson, Malachi, he would always brighten her day.
The loving memory of Joan will be cherished by her sons, Richard L. (Nan) Michel, North Manchester; Mark E. (Peggy) Michel, Claypool; Daughters, Roberta K. (Edward) Foor, Rochester; and Becky S. (Tom) Hendrix, North Manchester. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, and Granddaughter Amber Michel.
Family and friends may call from 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, Dec. 30, at Peabody Chapel, 400 West 7th Street, North Manchester, funeral services will follow at noon. Pastor Ron Burns will officiate and burial will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley St, North Manchester, IN 46962.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Joan M. Michel, memorial contributions may be made out to First Brethren Church, 407 North Sycamore St, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Donor’s choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary.