Joan Edith VanNest
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Joan Edith VanNest
  • March 5, 1935 - August 26, 2017
  • California

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Joan Van Nest (nee Schroeder) Passed away at age 82, August 26, 2017 after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer's disease, at Brecon Village Memory Care in Saline, MI. Joan was born in Dearborn, MI. the youngest of three girls of parents Emil and Salome Schroeder. She was married to Fay (Pete) Van Nest April 6, 1956 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Dearborn, MI. Joan is pre-deceased by her husband of 41 years, and her parents. Joan was a graduate of Fordson High School (class of 1952) in Dearborn. Joan worked in Administrative Management 32 years (1952-1983). Her last position was Vice President of Palmieri & Co. (a management consulting firm) in Los Angeles, CA. She and Pete were residents of Dearborn, MI; La Canada Flintridge, CA; and Auburn, CA. In retirement she raised cattle and goats at a ranch they owned in Auburn, CA and won several ribbons at county and the CA State Fair. Joan came back to Michigan in March, 2012. Joan loved all her family, California and Michigan friends, her church, music, pleasant surroundings, animals, shopping, golf and traveling. She loved to drive her RV all over the USA. She is survived by immediate family members: sister Margaret Schuman; sister Carol (Charles) Quandt; niece Janet (Gary) Vorhes; Godmother to nephews Jeffery Schuman (Kim Warden) and Carl (Lorraine) Quandt; niece Christa Quandt; and survived by other in-laws nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, and several cousins. Her smile, energy, grace, intellect, feistiness & sweetness will be greatly missed. Memorial Contributions can be made in Joan's name to Alzheimer Association, Brecon Village, and Arbor Hospice Michigan.

Visitation will be held at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor, MI on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 10 am until 12 noon. A funeral service will follow at 12 noon.

Internment will take place at New Auburn District Cemetery, Auburn CA: Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, Auburn, CA on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Viewing will take place from 9 am-12 noon. Graveside Service at New Auburn Cemetery immediately following (12:15 pm). Pastor Bruce Lundberg will officiate.

Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603. Phone: 530-885-3773