Age 89, of Chelsea, Michigan, peacefully passed into eternal life on Sunday, July 25, 2021, surrounded by her family. Joann was born August 9, 1931. She was the cherished daughter of John and Anna Megyesi of Lincoln Park, Michigan, and sister of the late David Megyesi. Beloved mother of Karen Ross (Richard Smigielski), Plymouth, MI; Sue Gausman (Dave Hammerschmidt) of Whitmore Lake, MI; Diane (Pat) McIntyre of Carmel, IN; Laura (Gary) Raymond of Austin, TX; and Janice (John) Fischer of Chelsea, MI. Joann treasured and was dearly loved by her 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren; she will also be deeply missed by her cousin, Patricia Claffey, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Joann served others throughout her life as a hospice volunteer and foster grandparent in Florida, a cheerleading coach, girl scout leader, and as a member of the Christian Mothers and other church groups. Most recently she belonged to and was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, MI. Joann loved to bake and cook for others, go out to eat, take trips with local senior groups, and entertain in her home.

Her ever-growing faith in Jesus Christ became a source of increasing comfort during her end-of-life journey. She was most proud of her five daughters, the family cottage in the Les Cheneaux Islands in Upper Michigan and earning her academic certificate in Activity Therapy in Gerontology at Madonna University. Joann truly was a hands-on grandma! She shared and nurtured close relationships with each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. ‘Grandma Jo”, as she was known to relatives, neighbors, and strangers, thoroughly enjoyed taking her grandchildren to see local sights, especially on Mackinaw Island and Soo Sault Marie. Joann’s greatest strengths include being a strong-willed and determined woman, brave when she needed medical procedures, and the natural ability to draw people of all ages to her with her contagious smile and outgoing personality.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider a charitable contribution in Joann’s memory to be directed to either the Chelsea Senior Center ( Gerontology Program at Madonna University in Livonia, ( or the Parkinson’s Foundation-Great Lakes Chapter, ( Donation envelopes will be available at the visitation.

The family will greet friends on Friday, September 3, 2021, 5-7:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, followed by a memorial service at 7:00 pm. 


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#6 Sylvia Horvath 2021-08-16 14:38
Although you are feeling your Mom’s absence more deeply now because she had become an integral part of you daily life over the past two years, in years to come may you find comfort in those memories and even deeper joy in the gift of a wonderful mother!
She made me feel special and most welcome to the family. Love and prayers.
#5 Barbara/Mark Trombly 2021-08-09 01:07
Janice and family....we are so sorry to hear that Joann has passed away. We always looked forward to seeing her and getting a hug! She reminded me a lot of my own mom with her warm smile and kindness to others. We will definitely miss seeing her at family gatherings and visiting with her. We hope all of your wonderful memories comfort you at this time. Barbara & Mark XO XO♥♥
#4 Mary Urisko 2021-08-02 19:14
Karen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your mother lived a long and active, happy life that you were all part of. I hope that you have many good memories to keep you company over the years.
#3 Sue-Anne Sweeney 2021-08-02 11:51
Mrs. McArdle will be greatly missed. She was an enthusiastic and loving individual, who enjoyed life to the fullest. I offer my deep sympathy and prayers for her loved ones.
#2 Roger Steele 2021-08-02 11:14
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, stay strong, there are angels always looking over our mothers in heaven. God Bless
#1 Nancy Lazarus 2021-07-29 10:30
What a beautiful picture of your mom. My sincerest condolences to all of you. I met your mom several times, knowing her friend Patricia Thomas.

Your mom was very friendly to talk to.


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