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Joan Beverly Walker, 90, Kokomo, formerly of Bangor, Michigan, passed away at 2:16 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Northwoods Village. She was born April 1, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Alfred H. and Esther Olive (Almcrantz) Gemeinhardt.
After Joan graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, she attended Northwestern University. During World War II, she volunteered for the American Red Cross and was an ambulance driver. Joan was an antique dealer and owner and operator of The Pony Express, an antique store in Michigan for 25 years. She also served as Van Buren County commissioner for four years and served on the Al-Van Humane Society Board in Van Buren County. In Joan's spare time, she enjoyed reading books, collecting shells from Sanibel Island, Florida, and taught swimming lessons. Joan loved her children and grandchildren. She also had a special place in her heart for all her dogs throughout the years.
Surviving are son, Mark Bostwick; daughters, Cynthia (Linda Ham) Bostwick, Melissa Saddler, and Emily (Scott) Fritsch; six grandchildren, Reid Stiegman, Ashley Fritsch, Bryce Fritsch, Ryan Saddler, Cameron Smallwood and Ben Bostwick; and great-grandchild, Sienna Stiegman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Louis Gemeinhardt.
Family is planning a private ceremony at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joan's memory to your local Humane Society, www.humanesociety.org. You are invited to read Joan's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com, where you may leave an online condolence for the family. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Published on August 10, 2017
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