Jean Olive Puvogel

July 7, 1922June 1, 2018

Jean Puvogel died peacefully on June 1, 2018. She was 95 years old. The daughter of Emily and Miles Barton, Jean was born in Big Prairie, Michigan on July 7, 1922. Her father died shortly before she was born, leaving her mother and the extended family of grandparents, aunts and uncles to raise Jean and her older siblings, Carol and Keith.

Jean left home after high school to attend college where she met the love of her life, Joseph Puvogel. After they both graduated from the University of Michigan, Jean accepted her first teaching job and Joe joined the Navy. They married when he returned from overseas service during WWII. When Joe passed away in 2007, they had been married for 62 years. They were undoubtedly each other’s best friend.

Jean took time off from her career to raise three daughters, Pam, Linda and Sandy, and then returned to teach English to her favorite age group – eighth graders. When they retired, Jean and Joe moved to Arizona to enjoy the warm weather and to be near Jean’s sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Jim Wicks. There she made new friends and enrolled in a great variety of classes.

Jean and Joe moved back to Michigan years later to be close to their daughters and their families. Jean was dearly loved by her extended family, including nephews and nieces.

She is survived by her daughters, Pam Mayle, Linda Puvogel and Sandy Puvogel; her sons-in-law, Jim Mayle and Michael O’Halloran; and her grandchildren, Alex Mayle (Lucia Bartholomew), Kristin Mayle Hasson (Stephen Hasson), Brian O’Halloran and Kathryn O’Halloran.

A service will be scheduled at a later date.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman East Chapel, East Lansing.

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Dick Forwood

June 7, 2018

Hello Pam, Linda, and Sandy -- Last Sunday the Grand Rapids Press brought to me the sad news of the passing of Jean Puvogel. Well, my first thought was, there goes another good one! How true of Jean! A great lady, a wonderful Mom {look at the fantastic job she and Joe did raising you three girls}, and a loving wife! What a super example Jean and Joe were of what a Married Couple should be! She must have been a great and loving teacher! She had to be -- it would go with who she was!

Let me share one of many memories I have been carrying around for so many years. {sorry, I don't know why my computer went to double spacing} Anyhow, my sister, Barbara, and I used to spend a week each of a few summers when we would visit Jean, and sometimes Keith, at their farm. We were young teens. Well, we city kids thought that was really something! And it was! So many things to do and see and learn about! Once on a sunny day, Jean and Barbara decided to put on their bathing suits and get some sun out in the pasture! Naturally, Keith and I had to think of some smart thing to do, so we thought we'd sneak up on them, shirts off, and listen to what they were talking about! Well, later that night I was beginning to itch all over my arms and chest and chin! Yup, while Keith and I were crawling towards the girls in the pasture, I crawled right thru a whole patch of poison ivy! 'Corse I didn't recognize it. The next day I'm put on train to go home, arms out straight and red, no t-shirt on. And all the time I'm still hearing Jean and Barbara laughing!
Love you all - Cousin Dick

Bobbie Hammel

June 3, 2018

Thinking of all the wonderful dinners my father, John Hammel, and I shared with Jean and Joe at the Marquette. May you find strength in the memories of Jean dearest to your heart.
With Sympathy,
Bobbie Hammel