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Joann Elizabeth (Edington) Blancher

June 25, 1932 ~ March 28, 2020 (age 87)

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Joann Elizabeth Blancher, 87, of Houghton Lake passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at home with her loving family by her side.

Joann was born on June 25, 1932 in Owosso, Michigan to Joseph and Helen (Turner) Edington. She graduated from Morrice High School. She attended Lansing Community College and worked as an administrative assistant for several years. As her family grew, Joann became a full-time mom and homemaker. Joann married Michael O. Blancher on October 6, 1979 in Hale, Michigan. After retirement, the couple moved from Owosso to Houghton Lake, Michigan. Joann was an active member of St. James Catholic Church. She enjoyed music and travel. Her special love was spending time with her family.

Surviving Joann are her loving husband of 40 years, Michael Blancher, her 11 children, D’Anne Saul of Las Vegas, NV, Caren (Lynn) Miner of Henderson, MI, Thomas Leaf of Owosso, MI, Michael (June) Leaf of Ovid, MI, James (Linda) Leaf of Elsie, MI, Julie (Jacques) Morrell of Saginaw, MI Darin (Cathy) Leaf of Hastings, MI and Holly (Benjamin) Rodriguez of Mesa, AZ, step-daughter Roxann (Bobby) Jones of Bedford, TX, Douglas (Debbie) Blancher, of Louisville, KY, Michael (Rose) Blancher of Clayton, NC, 29 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, siblings Jack/Sean (Barnard) Edington of San Diego, CA, Judy Morse of Bancroft, MI, Dennis Edington of Morrice, MI, Donald (Tamara) Edington of Morrice, MI, Darlene Edington of Elsie, MI, David Edington of VA, Lynn (Michael) Moeggenberg of Gaylord, MI, Marita (Terry) Rodgers of Owosso, MI, Marianne Edington of Bath, MI, brother-law-law George Chavez of Bancroft, MI, sister-in-law Sydney Edington of Ishpeming, MI & sister-in-law Nancy Finerty of West Branch, MI, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Joann was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Helen Edington, her sister Jeanette Chavez and brothers, William, Robert and Gerald Edington.

Mass of Christian Burial for Joann Elizabeth Blancher will be announced at a later date and will be held at St. James Catholic Church. Interment will be in Lake Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions are asked to be directed to Heartland Hospice or St. James Catholic Church. Christler Funeral Home-Houghton Lake Chapel is serving the family. Condolences can be sent to the family online

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