Wednesday, October 10, 2018
11:00 AM EDT
Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens
3575 Veterans Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
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Life Story / Obituary
JoAnn Mary Starnes, age 69 of Traverse City, formally of Garden City, Grayling, Taylor and Westland, died October 5, 2018. JoAnn was born on November 21, 1948 in Detroit to Russell V. and Mary C. (Driscoll) Bazin.
She married James Starnes in Ohio on December 8, 1989.
Jo enjoyed horseback riding as a young girl and loved raising dogs and cats. She also enjoyed watching black and white movies, swimming, putting together jigsaw puzzles, road trips, gathering with family and friends, parties, dancing, laughter and the smile on a child's face. She was always searching for the best bargains; giving to others so no one ever went without. She recently donated 10 inches of her hair to Wigs 4 Kids.
Jo is survived by her children; Donna (Steve) Smith of Westland, Teri (Tony) Cheaves of Lincoln Park, James (Erica) Starnes Jr. of Tyrone, Georgia, Alicia (Tim) Richards of Traverse City; Siblings; Eileen (Paul) Wood of Calumet, Roz (Jim) Swanson of Harrison, Bob (Terry) Bazin of Calumet, 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and Regal the cat.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James M. Starnes Sr.; sister, Janice Bazin; great-granddaughter, Leena J. Guidot and first husband, Frank Gonsior.
An informal gathering will be held Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm at the new location of Life Story Funeral Home, 400 Hammond Rd. West, Traverse City. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be directed to Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan or Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family.