February 10, 1932 - October 5, 2021
We remember and celebrate the beautiful life of Joan L. Militello, age 89. She was a loving wife, our beautiful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother “GeeGee,” sister, aunt, cousin, and cherished friend. She passed away peacefully on October 5, 2021 in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 10, 1932, to the late Harold and Matilda (Gottleber) Heitzig in Bay City, where she lived her entire life. She met, fell head over heels in love with, and married, our dad, Felix “Phil” Militello on June 25, 1949, and together they enjoyed 64 years of making beautiful memories. Mom owned JJ’s Fabrics with her long-time friend, Jane Wheeler. She later went on to create a home-based Accounting & Tax Service, assisted by her sister, Eloise Lisk and daughter-in-law, Karen Militello, until her retirement. She also worked Elections in Bay City for many years. Mom was a member of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, where she loved the Mass, and enjoyed volunteering for funeral luncheons. Our mom had a zest for life that was contagious. She loved crafting, quilting, painting, floral arranging, and making beautiful gifts for all of us. She loved to travel, shopping (especially at Dillard’s when in Florida), taking bus trips to the casino, and a good game of cards or marbles. She cherished all the nights spent on the dance floor, dancing with our dad, her forever dance partner. She was a devoted friend to many. Most of all, Mom’s greatest joy was spending time with family and being surrounded by our love. Our mother will be deeply missed, yet lovingly remembered by those whose lives she touched. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her five children, Linda (Jim) Gilles, Rosalie (Mark) Gentle, Phyllis (Stan) Madziar, Rick (Karen) Militello, and Chris (Deb) Militello; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren; her beloved sister, Eloise Lisk; in-laws, Grace Chevalier, Pauline (Tom) Guerin, Jeanette Budnick, Jim and Janice Militello, Penny Militello, Ross Brown, and very special sister-in-law, Janice Peters, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends. She is preceded in death by our beloved dad, Phil; her parents; step-mother, Adelaide Heitzig; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lois (Bud) Sullivan, Lorraine (Sam) Wackerle, and Harold Lisk; in-laws, Santo (Rose) Militello, Tony Militello, Sam Militello, Neno (Pat) Militello, Charles (Marylee) Militello, Mary (Ken) Hunter, Cecelia (Cindy) Brown, Alvin Chevalier, and Ted Budnick; nieces, Renee Strawn and Kathy Haller; nephews, Vince Militello and Jimmy Sullivan, and her beloved Frasier (the cat). We would like to thank so many people for their love and support during Mom’s journey home. Thank you to Heartland Hospice and our nurse’s aide, Kim, who cared for mom with such tenderness and a joyful spirit. Our RN, Jennifer, whose love and compassion will forever be appreciated. While Jen would say mom was her “perfect” patient, Jen was our “perfect” nurse. God blessed us with our caregiver, Lori LaPrairie Draves, who joined our tribe five months ago, and it felt like she had been with us always. Her loving care and concern for mom was such a comfort. She has been our angel. Finally, thank you to our “Resident RNs,” Andra and Jason, who answered every call with love and support. Special thanks to Sherry Jones for her thoughtfulness, comfort, and constant love, not only for our mom, but for all of us as well, and for her delicious soups and breads too. Our family welcomes you to visit and celebrate the life of our loving mom on Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM with a 5:00 PM Vigil at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge & Center. On Monday, October 11, 2021, visiting will continue at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, from 10:00 AM until her 11:00 AM Funeral Liturgy, with Fr. Dale Orlik presiding. The Rite of Committal will be held privately in Floral Gardens Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, masks will be provided. Memorial contributions may be directed to Heartland Hospice, Muscular Dystrophy Association, or myTeam Triump-GLBR. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com. We love you, mom. Always and forever.
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