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Official Obituary of

Joan Hoggard

September 19, 1948 ~ March 10, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Joan Hoggard Obituary

Joan Allison Hoggard of Petoskey, Michigan passed away in the early morning of March 10th, 2024.  Her daughter Jaime had the honor of holding her as she took her last breath.  Joan was wearing her favorite linen dress, (ever the fashion plate, she would have been pleased with the choice of attire).  In her hand laid a rosary blessed by the Vatican that was thoughtfully gifted to her by her nephew Ryan and his wife Sylvia.  It was a serene ending to a beautiful life. 


Joan was raised in Midland, Michigan where her parents provided the love and support that shaped her into the incredible nurturing woman she became.  The creek behind the family home and nearby Chippewa river were a magical playland for her sisters, brother, and cousins to have a carefree childhood, full of exploration and adventure.   


To know Joan was to instantly fall in love with her, she loved with her whole heart and her cheerful personality was contagious.  The ultimate cheerleader, she supported those around her and made them feel like they could accomplish anything.  Joan overflowed with kindness and could sense when someone was down and needed her famous rhubarb bread to brighten their day.


The thrill of resale shopping and garage sales kept Joan on the go.  She was always on the hunt to find the perfect trinket to add to an outfit.  Joan loved fashion and was our very own Jackie O.  She could make the simplest event, like a picnic in the park, glamorous with her antique tablecloth, homemade salads, and beloved picnic basket.


Joan loved adventure and her dear friend Jim Becker brought that to her life.  Jim and Joan were often seen cruising down Crooked River on “Margaritaville” headed to the Maple Bay sandbar.  Jim the captain and Joan the perfect hostess serving up drinks and appetizers, never failing to wave at everyone passing by.


Joan was lovingly known as “Grandma J.” to her grandchildren.  She shared her love for the outdoors though nature walks and picnics in nature preserves.  She even put together a scrapbook of these adventures with her grandchildren.  Grandma J. also taught her grandchildren the love of reading and often quoted her favorite children’s book, “Love you - moon and back!”  She gave them the priceless gift of showing emotion and being selfless when it comes to love.  


It was always an inside joke that Joan didn’t have a favorite child, but we all know it was Jason.  She looked forward to Sundays because it meant going to church with Jason and his family.  After church is where the adventure would begin with two tracking in Jason’s off road Toyota, she lovingly called Yota.  More than once our prim and proper mother let a cuss word out in the sheer excitement of fast turns and bumpy roads.  These are the memories Jason treasures. 


Joan’s daughter Jaime loved her Mom’s ability to find wonder and excitement in the little things.  Joan loved the way rhubarb springs from the ground bright green and crinkled first thing when the snow melts.  She often pointed out how tiny mushrooms look magical on the forest floor, as if fairies were dancing among them.  Joan brought fun and tradition into Jaime’s life with her made up events like the “mother and daughter spring artichoke party” or Monday’s summer competition on who can get their clothes on the clothesline first.  The most special gift Joan gave to her daughter was the gift of a happy childhood and always feeling loved.  


Joan was preceded in death by her parents Dale and Bernadine Stark, her sister and brother-in-law Shelley and Patrick (Sully) Sullivan, her dear friend and former husband Keith Hoggard, and her sweet dog Mitzie and not so sweet dog Ziggy.  


Joan will be truly missed by those she left behind, her son Jason Hoggard (Sarah); her daughter Jaime McGuiness (Jeremy); her grandchildren Addison, Kensington, Nash, Alexa, Jack, and William; her sisters Marilyn Johns (Angelo) and Nancy Monica (Jerry); her brother Tim Stark (Bonnie); her much loved nieces and nephews; her honorary daughters Heather Brown (Devin) and Marie Skrobak; the Langlois Family which she adored; and her very best friend Jim Becker.


We warmly invite friends and family to share in remembrance of a beautiful life lived.  A memorial in honor of Joan will be held Friday, March 22 at Living Waters Global Methodist Church in Indian River, Michigan.  Visitation will begin at 11am with a memorial service starting at noon followed by a luncheon.  


The Alan and Virginia McCune Nature Preserve held a special place in Joans heart, the Minnehaha Creek is a place that has held many special memories to her.  As an expression of the celebration of Joan’s life the family asks that in lieu of flowers a contribution to Little Traverse Conservancy in her honor be made.  Donations will go towards a bench overlooking the Minnehaha in Joan’s memory.

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March 22, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Living Waters
956 Eagles Nest Rd
Indian River, MI 49749

Memorial Service
March 22, 2024

12:00 PM
Living Waters
956 Eagles Nest Rd
Indian River, MI 49749


Little Traverse Conservancy
3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs MI 49770


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