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Joan Clarey

Joan Clarey

1934 - 2024

Joan Thelma “JoJo” Clarey age 89 of Cheboygan passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 28, 2024 in Cheboygan.

Jo was born November 3, 1934 in Cheboygan to Melvin “Spike” and Mae (Davison) Burrell.

Jo attended and graduated from Cheboygan Area Schools. She Married Bob Clarey in Cheboygan then moved to Marshall for a few years where they had a daughter, Kimberly (Clarey) Ross-Cool in 1954. A few years later they returned to Cheboygan where Jo worked at JC Penny for several years then worked at Citizens National Bank where she retired. Throughout JoJo’s life she enjoyed spending time with family and being outside. She loved boating, bonfires, being at the beach, snowmobiling, playing cards and taking care of all her
backyard friends. But, most of all JoJo loved being with her family. She was very close with all her nieces and nephews and then later in life her grandchildren, great grandchildren and most recently great great grandson. “Grama Jo” had a special bond with all her great grandchildren, Shea, Joey, Allie, James, Emmie, Malcolm and Great-great grandson Leighton. Family and friends could always count on Jo for never forgetting a birthday, anniversary or holiday. Everyone would get a card and a phone call. “Grama Jo” was blessed to have lived next door to her great- granddaughter Emmie Jo. They spent many days sitting on the front porch watching the birds, squirrels and a variety of game shows. “Grama” loved when Emmie would take her for walks in her wheelchair.

She is survived by her daughter,  Kim; her grandchildren,  Todd (Katie) Ross, Shawn Ross, Joel (Karen) Ross, Katie (Dave) Duczkowski and her companion cat, Kiki.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents; a sister,  Barbara M. (Don) Stacks; brother,  Gary Lane (Gwen) Burrell and sons-in-law,  Joseph A. Ross and Marlon L. Cool as well as her beloved dog, Max.

Special thanks to all the Hospice in home care workers and the great staff at Medilodge of Cheboygan.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cheboygan County Humane Society or in her honor, feed all your backyard friends.

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