Joan M. Haley

Joan M. HaleyJoan Marilyn (Moffett) Haley, age 88, of Lansing, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2024, in Charlotte, Michigan. She was born on March 27, 1935, at the family farm in Gratiot County, Michigan, to Lawrence and Bernice Moffett. In 1944, she moved with her mother to Lansing, where she resided the rest of her life.

After graduating from J.W. Sexton High School, she met and married Frank Haley on June 4, 1955. They were married for 62 years until he passed away in 2017. She worked as a legal secretary until the birth of her first daughter and then began the most important career of her life as a stay-at-home mom to her three daughters. In later years, she assisted Frank with his coin laundry business and then became known as the “lunch lady” at Lewton Elementary, where she served as the lunch cashier.

Throughout her life, Joan enjoyed social activities and friendships. She and Frank loved dressing up and dancing together. In early years at the Lansing Liederkranz Club and later at their senior living community, Grandhaven Manor. Joan was dancing and playing bingo right up to the very end!

Joan, a beloved mother, grandmother, and Gigi (great-grandmother), will be greatly missed by her daughters, Debbie Huntley, Karen Colbry (Bill Gierzak), and Kelly (David) Bandt; grandchildren Matthew (Alissa) Bandt, Haley Bandt (Nathan Cavanaugh), Rudy Colbry, and Cory Colbry; 6 great-grandchildren, and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her parents, and sister Merita Rodriguez.

There will be no service. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

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March 18, 2024 at 1:08 pm

Sending our condolences from the staff at ECHRS

Kelly Bandt
March 20, 2024 at 11:20 am

Thank you from Joan’s family! We are so appreciative for all the wonderful people at ECHRS that so lovingly cared for our mom.

Karen Dedow
March 18, 2024 at 6:55 pm

Mrs Haley was a second mom to me. She was there after school when Debbie and I came in. She always had the cookie jar filled with a snack! She’d be sitting in the kitchen, smoking a cigarette with WITL on the radio.
First time I went camping was with the Haley’s. We made hobo pies. When I finally got my Varsity letter from Michigan State I invited my “parents”, Mr & Mrs Haley in my celebration. They both meant a lot to me and I enjoyed hearing about their activities. My sympathies to the family and I will miss her!

Kelly Bandt
March 20, 2024 at 11:24 am

Thank you, Karen. It is heartwarming to hear different people’s memories of our mom. Thank you for sharing.

Deb Devlin-Angevine
March 19, 2024 at 3:00 pm

Dear Debbie and family,
I’m sorry to read your beloved mother passed. She was such a sweet lady and I ran into her a couple of times throughout the years. Always lovely to see her.
I know it’s not easy, but keeping those memories close to your heart will help.

Kelly Bandt
March 20, 2024 at 11:28 am

Thank you for sharing your memories of our mom.

Tina Muth-Allen
March 19, 2024 at 5:02 pm

Mrs. Haley was always there for the girls and had those chocolate chip cookies waiting for all friends after school and through the summer. Karen and I were best of friends from second grade and on. My best to the family.

Kelly Bandt
March 20, 2024 at 11:29 am

Thank you, Tina. It is heartwarming to hear different people’s memories of our mom. Thank you for sharing.

Patty Roost & Pat Miles
March 19, 2024 at 11:24 pm

Joan and my mom, Pat Miles worked together at Lewton School and became good friends. She was such a sweet lady. My sincere condolences to her girls. Cherish all of your wonderful memories.

Kelly Bandt
March 20, 2024 at 11:32 am

Thank you, Patty. It is heartwarming to hear comments from mom’s early years. Thank you for sharing.

Nanci Roden-Mooney
March 20, 2024 at 12:54 pm

My sisters and I met Joan thru my Mom, Roberta Roden. They were “condo-mates” for years.
What a fun lady Joan was! Roberta is currently in Florida; I passed along the information to her this morning and the news saddened her. There’s been a void since her good friend Joan, had her accident and moved out of GrandHaven Manor. Joan’s humor and gift of gab will be sorely missed. We are thinking of you all.

Mae Bolt
March 21, 2024 at 10:32 am

Joan was a good friend to many of us here in Grandhaven Manor. We shared many coffee hours and parties. We still miss her.

Karl and Shirley Joss
March 24, 2024 at 1:47 pm

Joan and Frank were friends of ours for 65 years. Have so many great memories of the fun times we had. Miss them both.

Karen Colovos
March 24, 2024 at 8:01 pm

My first and best friend in Lansing is gone. Your mom welcomed us to the Bedford neighborhood and you girls were my babysitters. I have missed her for many years now, but she has always been in my heart. May her memory be eternal for all those who loved her. My two daughters send their condolences also.


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