Joanne Janet (Steen) Clare, of Traverse City, died peacefully at age 82 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 following a sudden recurrence of cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dilmon and Norma Steen; husband of 60 years, Alfred Clare; and a brother, Dilmon Steen.
She is survived by beloved children, Jill, of Boynton Beach, Florida, Scott (Mimi), of Eagan, Minnesota, Tom (Jenny), of Beulah, and Tim, of Traverse City; and grandchildren, Michael (Katie) Clare, Camille (Eric) Wilkerson, Julia, Kelly and Kurt Clare.
Joanne was a devoted mother, grandmother and dear friend to many. Her quick wit, positivity, great stories and authenticity were loved by everyone who knew her. She was proud of her family and especially her grandchildren, whom she enthusiastically supported in all of their endeavors.
Through the years Joanne was involved in many community and cultural activities, including Traverse City Elks Lodge, Traverse City Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and a multitude of charitable organizations.
She was an avid athlete and lover of golf, tennis, sailing and boating on East Bay.
Born on March 28, 1934 and raised in Detroit, Joanne was an accomplished swimmer and loved to share stories of her stellar swimming and cheer leading careers as a teen.
Joanne and husband, Al, created many happy memories in their Birchwood home, where they lived for more than 47 years. Her great sense of humor, selflessness and kind heart will be missed by all.
A memorial service and celebration of Joanne's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017, with visitation one hour prior at 2 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. Pastor Chris Lane will officiate.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Joanne's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to Munson Hospice House.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on  March 17, 2017