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L. Joan Michel

January 31, 1928 ~ September 28, 2012 (age 84)

   Mrs. L. Joan Michel, 84, of Sunset Home, Quincy, died at 3:15 p.m. Friday (September 28, 2012) in Sunset Home.

   Born January 31, 1928 in Quincy, Joan was the daughter of Oren and Martha Seehorn Lawrence. She married Bryce Michel on June 9, 1962 in Plainville, Illinois. He survives.

   A 1945 graduate of Payson Seymour High School and 1949 graduate of Knox College with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Joan taught music at Lexington, Illinois High School and later was a private Piano, Voice and Instrument teacher from 1961 to 1992.  Many of her students would win the talent contest at the Payson Old Settlers Picnic Celebration.

   Joan was the Choir Director at  Plainville Methodist Church and played for many activities and services at Sunset Home over the years.  She was a member of Alpha Sigma Delta and Sigma Alpha Iota Sororities and the Pythian Sisters.

   Survivors include her husband, Bryce; a sister, Jean Bowman (Richard) of Quincy; three step children, Joyce Althoff (Carl) of Plainville, IL, Elvin Michel (Laurie) of Crossville, TN and Gary Michel (Debra) of Vancouver WA; six step grandchildren, Stephanie Clinging (Chad), Preston Althoff (Megan), Brandi Sperry (Brian), Nathan Michel, Melissa Johnson (J.J.) and Justin Michel; nine step great grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Mrs. Michel was preceded in death by her parents.
   Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Martin. Burial will be in Quincy Memorial Park.

   Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Thursday until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to Blessing Hospice or to the Payson Congregational Church.
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