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Joan Carl

June 22, 1932 - December 14, 2017
Livonia, MI



Sunday, December 17, 2017
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 525-9020

Rosary 3:00pm

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Monday, December 18, 2017
11:00 AM EST
St. Genevieve-St. Maurice Parish
29015 Jamison
Livonia, MI 48154

In state at 10:15 am until Mass begins

Life Story / Obituary


All who knew Joan Carl would agree that she was truly beautiful on the inside and out. She was never one to worry about the things of this world, rather, her focus was on living a life of faith in everything she did. Joan’s deep devotion to her family was easy to see, and she was filled with unspeakable joy to witness her family tree blossom to include the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren she adored. Life will never be the same without her here, but she leaves behind a timeless legacy that her loved ones will proudly carry on in her footsteps.

The 1930s were a decade unlike any other as the Great Depression brought great trials and tribulations all across our great land. Jobs were diminishing, the unemployment rate soared, and things only became more dire when a drought covered our nation’s heartland for nearly two years during this time. Joan Stella, born June 22nd, 1932 was one of three children as she was raised in the family home alongside her brother, Jerry, and her sister, June. Joan enjoyed taking the bus to visit Hudson’s in downtown Detroit, and she also took the bus to visit her mother who worked at Fannie Farmer’s candy factory. She attended local schools and graduated as the valedictorian of her class at St. Philip Nerie High School in Detroit.

After gradating from high school Joan was eager for all that life had in store. New and exciting changes were on the horizon when she met the young man who would forever hold the key to her heart. His name was Roger Carl, and it didn’t take the couple long to fall in love. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together Joan and Roger were married on June 1, 1958. Together they were blessed with the births of four children including Ken, Mike, Greg, and Amy. Joan was an amazing homemaker who always made her family feel so special. She went over and above to make the holidays something to remember, and among her family’s favorite treats were her homemade bread, kielbasa, and chocolate chip cookies. Christmas was something that both Joan and her family looked forward to every year.

Throughout her life Joan was a woman of many interests. She was a woman of faith, and it was her faith that was the compass she used to direct her steps. Joan attended St. Genevieve - St. Maurice parish where she served as a lector, eucharistic minister, and was a member of the Rosary Altar Society. At home Joan regularly prayed the Rosary and read the Bible. Joan was an amazing seamstress who sewed countless pieces over the years. She enjoyed watching old movies and also taking trips to Las Vegas with her husband Roger and their friends. Joan enjoyed cheering on her home teams of the Detroit Red Wings and the Lions, and she also enjoyed watching Michigan State University football.

In whatever she did, there was never anything that brought Joan more joy than being surrounded by her loved ones. She treasured her roles as a wife and mother, and her love included all of her extended family members as well. When it came to her family, they always knew that Joan would be there no matter what, and she was fiercely protective of her loved ones. Even if she didn't always agree, Joan was there to lend a listening ear whenever she could.

With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Joan Carl was a blessing to everyone she met. She had a fun-loving sense of humor and loved sharing her sense of humor with those around her. Joan lived to serve others, and with an unwavering faith she was able to find contentment in whatever came her way. Deeply loved, she will never be forgotten.

Joan Carl died on December 14, 2017. Joan’s family includes her husband, the late Roger; children, Kenneth Carl, Michael Carl, Gregory (Ann) Carl, and Amy Brown; five grandchildren Jessica (Martin) Swiecki, Jody (Kyle) Gordon, Corey Brown, Elizabeth Carl and Andrew Carl; and three great-grandchildren Evelyn and George Swiecki and Sawyer Gordon. Visit with Joan’s family and friends on Sunday from 2-8pm with a 3pm Rosary service at the Neely Turowski Life Story Funeral Home; 30200 Five Mile Rd (between Merriman and Middlebelt) in Livonia. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday 11 a.m. (in state 10:15 a.m.) at St. Genevieve- St. Maurice Catholic Parish; 29015 Jamison St (east of Middlebelt). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Capuchins Soup Kitchen. Interment Parkview Memorial. You are welcome to sign the guestbook at www.TurowskiFuneralHome.com prior to arriving at the funeral home.