Joan B. Gardipee
GWINN, MI – Joan Beverly Gardipee, 84, passed into Heaven’s gate, Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, after a lengthy illness at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee, Michigan.
She was born December 30, 1932 in Gwinn, Michigan to the late John “Jack” and Hulda (Hautamaki) Erickson. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 59 years, Warren “Fran” Gardipee, in 2010.
Joan lived most of her life in Gwinn, Michigan. She was one of eleven children and enjoyed all the celebrations of life and support during trials that come with a large family.
She was an active member of the Gwinn Methodist Church and of Living Faith Fellowship. She was a devoted Christian, and loved to share her faith with all she encountered. She believed in “standing in the gap” with prayer and love for anyone who needed her unfailing support. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends and many others, whose lives she impacted with God’s love.
She was mother to two sons, Mark (Karen) and Brian (Rinnie) Gardipee; grandmother to Erin (Eric) Hiddema and D’Ann (Aaron) Townsend, and great grandmother to Charly and Jesse Hiddema, and Pierce, Liam, Hayden, Jolynn, and Jacquelyn Townsend.
She is additionally survived by her siblings, Floyd, Paul, Gary, Dennis, and John Erickson, and Patty Stine, and Diana Norman.
She was predeceased by three siblings, Virginia Foress, Roger and Charlie.
Funeral services will be held at Living Faith Fellowship, 407 Avenue A, Sawyer, on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 12 Noon with Pastor Jon Hendry officiating. The Gardipee family will greet relatives and friends at the church beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will take place in the Gwinn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Joan’s memory to Living Faith Fellowship, 407 Avenue A., Gwinn, MI 49841 or to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 10400 Patuxent Parkway, Suite 480, Columbia, MD 21044.
The Canale Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the Gardipee family where condolences may be shared at canalefuneral.com