of Chelsea, Michigan, age 84, died Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at her home. She was born March 7, 1937, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Raymond M. and Amy Elizabeth (Sjostrom) Ramsey. JoAnne was a member of Waterloo Village UMC where she was the pianist since 1992. She had a great love for creating stained glass art, which she had done since 1993. She also enjoyed music, reading, playing poker, sewing, garage saling, playing croquet, morel mushroom hunting and family gatherings. Between 1999 & 2008 she traveled to Sweden with her sister, and met dozens of relatives on her mother's side.
JoAnne married William J. Darwin at Westside United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI on August 25, 1956, and he preceded her in death on July 4, 2018. Survivors include three sons, Kirk (Jackie) Veltman of Fruitport, Bill (Marsi Parker) Darwin II of Waterloo, Andrew Darwin of Ann Arbor; three daughters, Rebecca Darwin of Ann Arbor, Lizabeth Darwin of Ann Arbor, Melanie (Tim) Zurlinden of Reading; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Darwin; a sister, Patricia (Alan) Ramsey-Deardorff; a brother-in-law, LeRoy (Sue) Darwin of Ann Arbor; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nieces & nephews, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law, Arnold Darwin, and two children, Brian Darwin in 2009 and Amy Isadora Darwin in 2010.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 7:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Mary Barrett officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A private burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
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