JoAnn Rose May, 87, of Bear Lake, died January 9th, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.
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She was born April 3rd, 1933 in Lincoln Park, the daughter of George & Margaret (Winstanley)
JoAnn loved her work at Ford Motor Company. She and Fred moved the family to Bear Lake in
1969, where she worked at Onekama School, and then at Saywers/Coloma’s in Bear Lake.
JoAnn attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Onekama where she helped with the food
JoAnn was known for being a wonderful seamstress, avid reader, enjoyed being in book club,
playing cards, the game mahjong, belonged to her TOPS group in Bear Lake, her wonderful
friendships, attending her grandkids high school games, her charitable givings, her wonderful
home cooking and one of her favorite music groups the BeeGees. Those who knew JoAnn
knew that there was always a nice roast in the oven, and you should probably stay for dinner.
Most took up on the offer.
On June 21st, 1957 she married Fred W. May (who preceded JoAnn in death) in Lincoln Park.
JoAnn is survived by her children, Jeff May, MaryAnn Batsakis (Thomas Johnson) & son Alex
Batsakis, Dean (Monica) May & daughters Allyson, Olivia & Claire, Fred (Janette) May &
daughter Hayley & son Clark.
We know that JoAnn would want to give a special thank you on behalf to all the special people
in her life that were her friends but felt like family.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her sister Martha Clark & brother Ed Clark.
Visitation will take place on Thursday January 14th, 2021 at Oak Grove Funeral Home &
Cremation Center in Manistee from 11-1. Funeral Service will be private.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry of Onekama, Bear Lake
Keddie Norconk Library, or the Bear Lake Athletic Boosters.
Please share a memory or photo with the family at www.oakgrovefh.com. Arrangement by
Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee.