Obituary: Joann Frances Peplinski Tolles, 87, of Ludington

April 8, 2021

Joann Tolles

Obituary: Joann Frances Peplinski Tolles, 87, of Ludington

Joann Frances Peplinski Tolles, 87, of Ludington, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021.  

Joann was born on November 12, 1933 in Traverse City, the daughter of Thomas and Martha (Herman) Peplinski. She moved to Ludington at a young age and graduated with the St. Simon High School class of 1951.  On December 15, 1951, she married William “Bill” Tolles.  After staying home to raise her daughter, Joann worked for nearly 20 years as a clerk in the Mason County Friend of the Court office. After retirement, she and Bill spent three months in Englewood Beach, Florida every winter.  Joann and Bill enjoyed 57 years of marriage until his death in 2009.  

Joann enjoyed playing cards, bowling, reading, walking, puzzles, scrapbooking, and working in the yard.  She was an active member of St. Simon Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. 

Joann will be missed by friends, family, and neighbors.

Joann is survived by her daughter, Jody (Mike) Tolles Larsen; stepdaughter, Nancy Tolles Moore; four grandchildren, Kelley (Tad) Hatch, Eric Larsen, Kimberly Larsen Hill, and Amanda (Matt) Fitzwater; nine great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Erika, Kylie, Eva, Kayleigh, Logan, Lynleigh, Liam, and Lauren; sister-in-law, Barbara (Benson) Peplinski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; parents, Thomas and Martha Peplinski; brother, Thomas Peplinski; sister, Margaret “Muzzie” (Linus) Thalman; and her mother-in-law, Josephine “Dode” Dahringer Tolles.

There are no services planned at this time.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Simon Catholic Church or Hospice of Michigan.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington. 

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