JoAnn DeLoach

Age 90, of Holt, MI, passed away June 1, 2019.  She was born January 21, 1929, in Lansing, MI, to the late Max and Virgilene (Bray) Bachelder.

JoAnn was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church in Mason, and later at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lansing. For many years JoAnn was a volunteer at both the St. James Church Library, and Holt Schools Library. JoAnn spent many years working with her husband at Bob DeLoach Home Furnishings in Holt. She was an avid MSU Spartans fan. She loved listening to music, being outside, lake trips, tending to her flowers, and especially spending time with her family.

Surviving are: 3 children, Robin (Stephen) Young, Susan (Kirt) Baker, and Robert (Amber) DeLoach; 4 grandchildren, Jason, Theodore, Elizabeth, and Nathaniel; great-grandson, James; and brothers John (Barbara) Bachelder, Michael (Aloise) Bachelder, and Errol (Joanne) Bachelder; a brother-in-law Charles Mellberg; as well as many other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert DeLoach, son, James DeLoach, her parents, sisters: Catherine Mellberg, Mary (Elton) Bunting, Sharon Anderson, and Suzanne Doyle.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 7, 2019, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3815 S. Cedar St. Lansing, MI 48910, with Fr. John A. Byers as celebrant.  Her family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday.  Private interment will take place in Maple Ridge Cemetery at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to MICOPS in memory of JoAnn DeLoach.  Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel; online condolences may be left for her family at


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Dana Meske
June 3, 2019 at 9:20 pm

Very sorry for your loss Dr. Baker. Your grandma sounds like she was a beautiful soul. Hugs to you and your family.

Deacon Tom Feiten
June 3, 2019 at 11:17 pm

JoAnn was a strong presence at St. James and we are thankful for she did to bring her Love and Joy to our community. May the Perpetual Light Of Christ be upon you.

Laurie and Hap Shaver and family
June 4, 2019 at 8:53 am

JoAnn was an old neighbor of ours who we liked and enjoyed very much.
She was a beautiful person and we have thought of her and her family often
over the years. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to all her loved ones.

Deb Bennett Bishop
June 4, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Sue and Kirt (and the rest of your family),
It was with a heavy heart I read of the passing of your mom. She was such a bright light. I remember being so welcomed in your home by your mom. She was always so upbeat and always had such a warm smile. I also remember her from Mass at St. James and her support when my parents passed away. I pray that your family can draw on one another at this time of loss. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Patty Anderson
June 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Robin, Sue, Bobby, and families~
The standout memories I have of your mom, Aunt Jo, are ones of a twinkle in her eye and a super fun, inviting personality. I could look at your mom and smile getting ready for her to say something that would have me burst into laughter! What a sense of humor and what a delivery she had and her laugh was infectious!

It is always with a balance of celebration and a broken heart that we honor the passing of someone so dear. Heaven welcomes a lady of Grace while we wait to be greeted by her twinkle and humor again. My thoughts and prayers are close to you now and in the days to come.

Peace & Love,


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