Joan G. Huyett, age 83, of Parkville, MO (formerly of Rapid River), passed away Saturday, March 18, 2023 at St. Luke’s North Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Joanie Gail, as her father called her, was born in 1939 to Jonas and Irma Lundberg in the little town of Flint, MI. She was the second child, only daughter, between two wonderful brothers, Lewis (Sarah) Lundberg and Gary (Denise) Lundberg. Joan had an adventurous spirit as a child and a wonderfully fun sense of humor that she shared throughout her life. She summered in Upper Michigan with brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends while spending school time in Flint with more friends and family, graduating from Bendel High School. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in education, focused on Special Education and Speech. There, Mom met the love of her life, John Huyett, whom she would marry soon after graduation.
Joan and John’s life was full. As she and John moved to new locations, she taught in various school districts and would engage the students with her storytelling and puppets. Each new place they moved to together would bring new friends and experiences they enjoyed. Pizza in Chicago, Pizza in Iowa, Fish in Wisconsin, Fish in Florida. Gathering with friends and enjoying food and fellowship was always in favor. In addition, there were many adventures, including family camping trips, and trips to Michigan, Ozarks, Tennessee, Florida, and many other locations.
The legacy she leaves is profound in building strength and kindness with those she loved. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; and her parents, Jonas and Irma Lundberg.
She shared her spirit of kindness, strength, and determination with 3 grown children, Jessica (Ron) Link, James (Renee) Huyett, and Jennifer (Kurt) Benkstein; her 5 grandchildren, John Link, Elsje (Kyle) McIntyre, Grace Link, Greta Benkstein and Adele Benkstein; her numerous close friends quickly became family to her throughout the country from Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. Lastly, with her roots in Michigan, Wisconsin and the precious time she spent on the family farm she developed a deep love and appreciation for the outdoors and all types of animals, especially cows and her many beloved dogs.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Joan will follow at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, with Rev. Stephen Gauger officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the services in the Anderson Funeral Home Reception Room. Burial will take place in the Rapid River Cemetery.
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