JoAnn E. Shelafoe

JoAnn Shelafoe

GWINN, MI – JoAnn Elizabeth Shelafoe, age 65, of Gwinn, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at home, in the loving care of her family and caregivers of UP Home Health and Hospice.

Born April 7, 1954, in Marquette, a daughter of James and Audrey (Iery) Robinson, JoAnn was a lifelong area resident. Following her graduation from the Escanaba Area High School, JoAnn married Daniel Glen Shelafoe on May 20, 1972. Throughout the years, JoAnn raised her six children and served as foster parent to multiple foster children. Her whole world was her husband, children, and grandchildren and she relished her roles of wife, mother, grandma, and homemaker. In her leisure moments, JoAnn enjoyed crocheting hats, crafting, the art of Native American beadwork, and was an avid animal lover.

A faithful and loving mother and grandmother, JoAnn is survived by her six children, Michelle (Janet) Whitney of Vulcan, Dan (Nikki) Shelafoe of Gwinn, William (Bridget) Shelafoe of Gwinn, Christopher Lee (Davina) Shelafoe of Oneonta, NY, Stephanie Shelafoe of Gwinn, and Shawn (Justine) Shelafoe of Kirksville, MS; eighteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; her mother, Audrey Robinson of Harvey; her four siblings, Debbie (Gary) Piziali, of Harvey, Gerald Robinson of Marquette, Gino (Bekki) Gerding of Marquette, Gina (Joel) Herman of Minnesota; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Shelafoe, Sr., father, James Robinson, Sr.; and brother, James Robinson, Jr.

Services will be scheduled for a later date and will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to offset funeral expenses.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderswansonhansen.com