2013-06-06 / Obituaries

Joann Potoczak


Joann Potoczak Joann Potoczak Joann Elizabeth Potoczak, 74, of Dearborn Heights, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Sault Ste. Marie.

She was born August 2, 1938, in Goetzville, to Peter and Wanda (nee Opolka) Postula.

She grew up in Goetzville, and was graduated from DeTour High School in 1957.

She married Leonard Andrew Potoczak, September 28, 1957, and they made their home in Dearborn Heights.

Mrs. Potoczak worked for John Hancock Insurance as an administrator to Ford employees.

She was a member of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Goetzville, and St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Dearborn Heights.

She enjoyed reading, shopping, and listening to country music, especially the Grand Ole Opry. She joined the fan clubs of many country singers. She also enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. She had a remarkable memory for special dates, birthdays, and anniversaries.

She is survived by two sisters and their families, Phyllis Ames of Goetzville, and Patrica and Harold Matheson McHale of Sault Ste. Marie; three brothers and their families, Peter and Candace Postula of De- Tour Village, Ted and Sherry Postula of Goetzville, and Norman and Joyce Postula of Goetzville; sisters-in-law and their families, Loretta Potoczak, Monica and William Reinhold, and Rose Kulik; nieces, nephews, and their families, Lori and Jerry Feilen, Gretchen Al Cull Postula, Tricia Postula and Randy Fountain, Peter and Caralyn Postula Jr., Gordie and Natalie Postula, Todd and Jen Postula, Sarah and Nathan Hoffman, Andrea and Ryan Greene, Andrew and Diedre Postula, Todd Potoczak, Donald Reinhold, David and Victoria Reinhold, Carrie and Doug Lemon, Laura and Mark Gibbard, and John Kulik; several great-nieces and greatnephews, and a friend and neighbor, Gerry Haliburda.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her niece, Terri Potoczak, and three brothers-in-law, James Potoczak, Duane Ames, and Larry Kulik.

Visitation was Wednesday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, and was followed by Mass of Christian burial at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Goetzville. Father Janusz Romanek served as celebrant.

Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Goetzville.

Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.

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