Joanne L. Coon

Age 79, died peacefully in her home, July 9, 2012, after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born December 29, 1932, in Lansing, the daughter of Harold and Clara Cross.

Joanne received a B.S. in Medical Technology from Emmanuel Missionary College.  She attended the Lansing Seventh-day Adventist church her entire life and was a very active member leading in the children’s Sabbath School departments for many years.  She was a strong supporter of Christian education and served as president of the Joanne Cross Coon Foundation for 25 years.  Joanne was also a member and leader in the Lansing Town Hall and the Capital Region Community Foundation.

Joanne was a chocolatier much of her life and was well known for her hand dipped, gourmet candies.  She also loved gardening, travel and books.  Joanne’s greatest passion was her family.  She was a very devoted mother and grandmother.  Joanne lived a life governed by love, infused with humor, and full of grace.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Max A. Coon; sons, Jeff A. Coon of Oceanside, CA and Max A. Coon of Lansing; daughter, Patricia (David) Markoff of Waynesville, NC; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughters Jill Coon and JoEllen Milas.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Lansing Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5400 W. St. Joe Hwy., Lansing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or to Heartland Hospice.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving service her care-givers extended to her throughout her illness.

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Susan George
July 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Dear Coon Family: Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dearly beloved family member (Joanne) during this most difficult time.May her entire family draw comfort from the promises made to us by our very loving Creator Jehovah God.In John 5:28,29 & Rev 21:3,4,5 he promises to bring Joanne back to life in the resurrection right here on earth in the very near future and end all sickness,suffering and death forever.

Maria Gomez-McHugh
July 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

My deepest condolences to the Coon Family on the loss of your beloved wife, mother, grandmother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

David and Sabrina McGuire
July 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

Our deepest sympathies for the entire Coon family, the loss of our good friend Joanne is difficult to accept, but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Beccy Wolfe
July 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm

My heart goes out to all of you. I know how hard it is to loose a mother. There is nothing quite like it. May God grant you all the strength to get through this very difficult time.

Frank Tiberio
July 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Max and the Coon family my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Joanne was and still is a wonderful person. It was a real honor to know her. God bless her always.

Bob & Pat Davis
July 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Our condolences to the family on your loss. Our prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

Charles & Ronda Atkinson
July 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

We send our thoughts and healing prayers to you and your family, Jeff.

Sharon Z Thomas
July 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Aunt Joanne was one of the most caring people I have had the pleasure of knowing. She always made me feel special. She is going to be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Cyndi Babienco Caballero
July 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Thoughts and prayers for this special family. Thankful for the hope we have.

Bruce & Marilyn Babienco
July 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we pray for friends to comfort you, Faith to uphold you and loving memories to carry you through.

Joanne was a special lady whose love and caring ways were a blessing to our lives. We will miss her loving personality.

When there are no words to soften the pain, may your spirit be touched by the love that surrounds you and slowly may the healing begin.

Dorothy Johnson
July 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

Joanne was a special lady and will be missed by all who knew her.
Our prayers are with the family. May the many good memories be a comfort to you.

Greg Leavitt
July 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Joanne was an encouragement and support to Christian Education here at Great Lakes Adventist Academy. We will miss her. May the Lord be with the family and fill each one with His comfort and peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bev and Ken Hutchins
July 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

It has been our privilege to have known Joanne since we moved to Lansing in 1971. Our children grew up with the Coon children. Joanne has been a wonderful friend and a strong supporter of Christian educaton. May each one in the family find encougement and comfort in remembering the many outstanding qualities that Joanne had in her life. Her legacy will live on. She will be missed in so many different ways. Bev and I wish that we were able to be with you on Friday. We will be with you in thought and prayer. Let’s plan on meeting her again on reunion day.

Sheri Christie
July 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Joanne’s kindness, generosity and graciousness will be remembered & I will miss her sweet smile at church. I will think of her every time I look at the hostas & other plants she shared with me from her gardens! May the Lord comfort your family in your loss. My prayers are with you.

Molly Wilcox
July 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I remember going to your house and they were some of the first Sabbaths I ever kept. As I grew, I went my own way. It is the things I learned in youth and education I recieved that gave me something to “return” to. I would be totally lost w/o that education and w/o those memories of how to do certain things. I must say thank-you for both. I desire for all of us to re-unite one day very soon. I have that hope thanks to people such as Joanne that cared enough to see that someone like me were taught the right things. I am so sorry that I was not able to be there personally. Much love and prayers.

Sandy Coon Everett
July 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Feeling the loss in Alabama. Aunt Joanne was such a sweet, loving lady with a great sense of humor. Though I didn’t see her often, she held a special place in my heart. Thinking of you all; especially Trish, Jeff, Uncle Max & Max.

Jody Erhard Wright
July 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

I am saddened to hear of Joanne’s death. My heart goes out to your whole family! My memories of her go back to 1973 when I came to Lansing SDA in eighth grade. Jill was the very first girl to befriend me. I have many happy memories at the Coon home and glad Joanne was able to live her last days at home with such wonderful caregivers. Both Joanne and my dear mother fought a valiant battle against the cruel debilitation of Parkinson’s disease. We are so fortunate to have had such beautiful, loving, dedicated mothers. May God give you memories that will shine through your sorrow.


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