Joanne Katherine Gahan

April 15, 1938March 18, 2021

Joanne Katherine Gahan, age 82, passed away on March 18, 2021.

She was the first daughter born to James “Jim” and Margaret Mary “Mable” (Abraham) Gahan on April 15, 1938. She is predeceased by her parents; sister, Mary Jean (1957); and brother, Roger (2008). She is survived by her brothers J. Edward “Ed” (Darlene) and Michael Gahan, both of Parnell, Michigan. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews, and many great-great nieces and nephews.

Joanne graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Parnell in 1956. She attended and graduated from Mercy College of Detroit (now UDM) in 1960 with a BS in Medical Technology. She later graduated from MSU with an MS (1971) and received her JD from T.M. Cooley Law School in 1980. She spent her entire professional career in the healthcare arena.

Joanne began her professional career at FDF Hospital in Grand Rapids and later was hired as a Supervisor of Blood Bank at EW Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She worked there for 10 years before going to Ingham Medical Center (now MGL) so she could continue pursing another career. In 1980, she received her JD from T.M. Cooley Law School and then developed and directed the Department of Risk Management and Legal Services at IMC.

Joanne was a very active member of ASMT (American Society of Medical Technologists) and MSMT (Michigan Society MT). She was President of the MSMT in 1972-1973 and named Medical Technologist of the Year in 1973. She also held membership in AABB as well as the Society of Law, Medicine, and Health Care (Ethics). She was a member of the Michigan Bar, 1980-2013.

Joanne was an avid MSU fan and especially enjoyed Women’s Basketball.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11am at the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge St., DeWitt. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment will be private at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Parnell, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to either the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge St., DeWitt, MI 48820 or to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4351 Parnell Ave., Ada, MI 49301.


  • Catholic Community of St. Jude
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church


  • Memorial Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021


Joanne Katherine Gahan

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Miracle Ear

April 20, 2021

It was always a pleasure to have you in our office. We will miss you walking in with your smiling face. We looked forward to seeing you each time! It was a pleasure helping you with your hearing!!!

Glenn Visbeen

April 7, 2021

To the family of my dear friend Joanne

I met Joanne in 1983 when I joined Ingham Medical Center. I shared a small office suite with Joanne, and a secretary, but more importantly I shared life, a love for MSU sports, and a lot of laughs. I can hear her cackling laugh as I write this.
In 1984, when I took a job and moved to North Carolina, before the prevalence of computers and the internet, Joanne would send to us monthly all the football and basketball season articles from the Lansing State Journal. My wife Yvonne, also an MSU grad and big sports fan, and I loved it.
I remember one return trip to Lansing and Joanne and our family sat in the upper section of the MSU stadium on a freezing fall day for a football game.
When our daughter Alyssa became a Division I basketball athlete and played for Belmont University in Nashville, Joanne always followed and asked about her basketball career.
Life goes on and we age and pass away, but her passing is still so sad for us. She was a loyal friend for close to 40 years that I loved and will miss communicating with.

Joanne’s dear friends, Glenn and Yvonne Visbeen and children Grant, Adam, and Alyssa. Franklin, Tenn.

Mclaren Greater Lansing Pharmacy

March 24, 2021

McLaren Greater Lansing Pharmacy will forever be grateful for your dedication and service to our team and our patients. You were a welcome smile in our department.

Jennifer Kwapisz

March 24, 2021

Joanne was one of my mom's, Janice Kwapisz, 4 best friends. They all went to college together and these women developed a lifelong sisterhood that has lasted 60 years! Thru all of life's up and downs they kept in touch and saw each other once almost every year. I was able to meet Joanne during one of their last reunions with Ann Devlin and my mom and she was such a joy. She and I shared a bond with both of us being attorneys and she imparted a lifetime of wisdom. She was a wonderful, joyful person with a wonderful sense of humor and an admirable sense of independence. I truly enjoyed her company and wonderful stories of growing up on her family farm. I know for sure my mom was waiting to greet her and embrace her in heaven. I can almost hear the two of them talking both at once and giggling like teens! She was a great comfort to me when mom passed and I will always be grateful for her kinds words. It was an honor and pleasure to have known her and she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
Jennifer Kwapisz