SERVICES: Family and friends may visit Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial Mass at St. John’s Chapel of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia. Father John O’Donnell will be the celebrant. Inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Virginia, with military honors accorded by the Virginia Serviceman’s Honor Guard. Family Services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a personal remembrance of Joan online, see www.baumanfunerahome.com.
Joan Patricia Maki, 83, a longtime resident of Virginia, died peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Mountain Iron.
She was born July 13, 1924, in Ely, the daughter of Ignatius and Mary (Stephen) Pucel. Joan grew up in Ely, graduated from Ely High School, and was a U.S. Veteran of World War II, serving with the Navy. She married Eino O. Maki on Nov. 15, 1947, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. She dedicated her life to lovingly raising her family and caring for their home. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their cabin on Lake Vermilion. Joan’s greatest joy was sharing her life with her loving husband of 56 years, their children and grandchildren, and friends, especially her very special friend, Kathleen Kishel. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the Women’s Guild for many years.
She will be sadly missed by her children: Curtis Maki of Virginia, Mark and Linda Maki of Lighthouse Point, Fla., Paul and Barb Maki of East Gull Lake, Minn., and Connie Maki of Enderlin, N.D.; five grandchildren: Brian Maki, Maiah and Mikaela Maki, and Austin and Zachary Sprunk; sister: Francis Sellars of Reno, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eino in 2004; her parents, and six siblings.