May 2, 1935 – June 28, 2020
Joan Ellen Bruntjen was born on May 2, 1935 and went to be with the Lord on June 28, 2020 at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband Jimmie Bruntjen and former husband, Ray Gordon Dean. Joan is survived by her children, Ron (the late Chari) Dean, Larry Dean, Judy (the late Joey) Johnson, Bob (Amy) Dean and Cindy Musky, grandchildren; Jeremy and Rebecca Dean, Harley and Clayton Dean, Joshua Joseph Johnson, Jacob and Justin Dean and April, Mitchell and Lukus Musky and great grandchildren, Kayleigh and Joey Johnson. She was also preceded in death by her brother, John Bouma and parents, Sidney and Nellie Bouma. Joan truly loved her family, especially time spent and memories created with grandkids and her “grand dogs”, Ruckus, Rasko and Mrs. Clover, “the cat”. She will be remembered by her love of nature, biking and gardening. She found happiness in helping others, cooking, and helping the homeless with her words of encouragement. Joan was the friendliest person with the gift of gab, and anyone that rode the city bus could agree.
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July 3, 2020
Mom, I will miss you so much, but the memories will remain in my heart forever until we meet again.💔. Do that favor for me and let Dad know he's still missed, and my late husband Joe. Love you.
Your daughter, Judy
July 1, 2020
I met this Joan for the first time when I used to stop at Burger King to get a burger before I would go have a beer. Her and her lady friends would sit around and talk. When they saw me they always knew where I was heading. LOL. That seemed to be one of their meeting spots. I always enjoyed joking around with them and that is how I found that her daughter needed to have a deck built plus I think she was trying to set me up with her. LOL she was always fun to talk to and knew how to joke around. People like her are missed in this world but sadly it seems they go too soon while the jerks and idiots are still here. I wish the best for all her friends that knew her and definitely for her family.