Joan D. Maki

MARQUETTE, MI. – Joan D Maki, age 81, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the Norlite Nursing Center.

Joan was born February 21, 1932 in Marquette to Arnold and Viola (Kemp) Swanson. Raised in Marquette, Joan was a graduate of Graveraet High School, Class of 1950 .

Shortly after graduation, she met her future husband, Raymond Maki, and they were married on May 26, 1951. Together the couple established their home in Marquette and began raising their two sons.

Joan was a homemaker who adored her family and always had an open house for family events or parties. She was great at remembering special events such as birthdays and anniversaries and would always send cards to honor special occasions.

She kept up with various relatives over the years by making phone calls that would sometimes end up being four hours long. She loved gardening and tending to her flowers, especially enjoying mums.

Joan enjoyed decorating her home for the holidays with Halloween being her favorite time of year.

Joan always made time for exercise and made several neighborhood friends that became her walkin g companions. She was a wonderful and caring woman who always put others ahead of herself.

Joan is survived by her sons, Micheal Ray (Maureen) Maki, and their children, Molly Mae and Mark (Shannon) Mason of Royal Palm Beach, FL, and Greg Maki of Marquette; grandson, Marc (Shawn) Hautamaki of Marquette; special nephew, Randy Johnson brothers-in-law, Art (Marian) Maki of Marquette, Donald (Karen) Maki of Marquette, William (Elsie) Maki,of Marquette, and Mike (Shelia) Maki; sisters-in-law, Lillian Perry, of California, Helen (Lowell) Johnson of Marquette, Isabell Maki of Oregon, and Edith (Ronnie) Pariseau of Gwinn; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Raymond; a brother, Kenneth Swanson; and a special niece whom she helped raise, Linda Johnson.

Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Services will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday at 12:00 noon with Rev. Leon Jarvis presiding. Burial will be made in the Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norlite Nursing Center Activity Fund, 701 Homestead Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at