Joanna B. Lancaster

home with her family at her side. She was born on February 27, 1922 in Metamora, Ohio, the daughter of Clyde and Florence Gormley. She graduated from Metamora High School and Cleary College in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Joanna married George E. Lancaster on December 27, 1945 in Metamora and they shared 55 years together before his death in 2000.

Joanna was a long time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clinton. She worked as a bookkeeper at various locations, and many years with Lancaster Insurance Agency. Joanna enjoyed her participation in the Smile Reading Program at Clinton Elementary School and was a past Cub Scout Leader. Her hobbies included reading, playing bridge, cross stitch and knitting and she enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers. Joanna’s greatest joys were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spending time with them.

Joanna is survived by her children, George (Kathy) Lancaster of Key Colony Beach, Fla., Jeanne (Robert) Ford of Blissfield, JD (Joyce) Lancaster of Clinton; grandchildren, Christine Lancaster, George (Karen) Lancaster, Brian (Janira) Ford, Kelly (Brandon) Bollin, Jonathon (Samantha Young) Lancaster, Tommy Lancaster, Jacinda (John Grabo) Lancaster, James (Deanna) Lancaster, Juliana and Jared Lancaster; great-grandchildren, Timothy Parker George, James and Jack Lancaster, Jacob, Tyler, and Brianna Ford, Avery Joanna and Emma Bollin; many nieces and nephews; and her sister-in-laws, Louise Gormley and Milly Gormley of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her brothers, John and Prentiss Gormley; sisters, Meredith (Virgil) Gobba, Winifred (John) Shelton and Alice (Walter) Schafer; her in-laws, Hutter (Frank) Jeannette, Minota (Joe) Fleming, Lois Lancaster, Jack Lancaster, Sallie (Edward) Mack and Laura (Ken) Koch.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Memorial service will be on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Clinton at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in honor of Joanna may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

A special thank you to her caregivers, Linda Marcum; Hospice of Lenawee nurse, Rochelle; and aide, Carmen and the many contacts at Hospice. Your love and support made this journey with mom comforting.

Condolences may be made to the family at


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