Joan Rae Mantel

Joan Rae Mantel, 80, of Tecumseh, passed away on November 6, 2013, at Tecumseh Place under the loving care of Hospice of Lenawee and with her family at her side. She was born on March 4, 1933, in Hudson, the daughter of LaRue “Scottie” and Leah (Holcomb) Hart. Joan married Duane Bihlmeyer in 1951 and she later married Edward Mantel on May 27, 1994, and he survives.Joan was a member of the Clinton United Church of Christ for many years. She worked for several area companies, before settling down with her family, including Wacker Silicone, and Fitzpatrick and Goedert Real Estate Companies. She enjoyed traveling up north and going to the various casinos, painting and reading, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family, which will miss her greatly.In addition to her husband, Ed, Joan is survived by her daughters Teresa (Gordon) Henning of Tecumseh, Luana (Bill) Bailey of Adrian, twins Sheryl (Dan) Richard of Tecumseh and Sheila Bihlmeyer of Wis.; brothers Albert (Janice) Hart of Hudson and Vere (Charlynn) Hart of Plano, Texas; step children Jerry Mantel, Sharon Martin and Ronald Mantel; ten grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Larry and a step daughter Christine Walsely.According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering was held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. A memorial service to celebrate her life began at 1 p.m. with Pastor Patti Keeney officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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