- Joan Hyde (Stanko)
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Joan Helena (Stanko) Hyde
of Gregory, MI, formerly of Detroit, age 90 , died Friday, October 23, 2009 in her home surrounded by loving family and friends. She lived life to the fullest following an ovarian cancer diagnosis in June, 2007. Born June 12, 1919 in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada, daughter of Januarius and Leona (Gorecki) Stanko, Joan moved with her family to Detroit, Michigan in 1922. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School and was an alumna of Marygrove College. Mrs. Hyde was a social worker for a time, but worked much of her life as a caring elementary school teacher in Detroit Public Schools, retiring from Coleman A. Young School. While working, Joan was a devoted wife to husband Joffre and dedicated mother to her five children in northwest Detroit. She was truly a "Super Mom". Her faith was very important and she was a longtime member of Gesu Catholic Parish. Upon her move to Gregory, she joined St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. She loved Chelsea and considered it "her town". Over the years, she participated in many Chelsea activities including the Senior Center, Senior Exercise Group at Chelsea Hospital, Faith in Action, tutoring at North Creek Elementary, Books and Banter, St. Mary Prayer Shawl Ministry and many more. She always sought out volunteer opportunities, even during her illness, sewing "Little Dresses for Africa" and creating prayer shawls for others. Mrs. Hyde was a world traveler enjoying such places as Germany, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, and even ventured to Cambodia at age 81 to help pick up her adopted granddaughter. Her family includes five children, Gregory, of Bloomfield Hills, Damien (Janette) of Gregory, Denis (Janet) of Manchester, Diane (Clifton) Hyde-Ross of Oak Park, Daria (Virginia) Hyde of Lansing; her sister, Mary Therese (Robert) Reust of Connecticut; her brothers, John Berchman (Ann) Stanko of Wyandotte, Michael (Denise) Stanko of Australia; her grandchildren, Jesse, Gabrielle, Nathan, Tevy, Sovann, Kim, Candice, Clifton III; extended family members Carol Huang, Jeff Porter and Susan West; sisters-in-law, Yvonne McCarthy, Mary Lou Hyde, Rosemary Stanko, and Christine Stanko; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joffre, an infant son, Thomas Joseph, brothers Leonard, Bernard, Donald (Genevieve). Funeral liturgy will be held Saturday, October 31, 1 pm, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US 12, Chelsea, with Fr. Gregory Hyde, S.J. officiating. Viewing will be from 11 am - 1 pm at the church. Burial will be Monday, November 2, 11 a.m., at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action, 603 S. Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118, or The Sharing Foundation (to aid Cambodian Orphans), PO Box 600, Concord, MA 01742. You may also create a prayer shawl in her honor to give to another in need of comfort. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Please sign Joan's guestbook at http://www.*****/****
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