Obituary: Joan Haiss, 80, of Pentwater

May 16, 2023

Joan Haiss

Obituary: Joan Haiss, 80, of Pentwater

Joan Ruth Haiss, 80, of Pentwater, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023. Joan was born December 5, 1942, the daughter of Clyde and Priscilla (Phillips) Dickenson.  Growing up Joan was the only girl raised with a family of four brothers, who she loved deeply.

On September 2, 1962, she married the love of her life, Gary E. Haiss. They shared 57 years together until his passing in 2019. Through life’s many hardships they were inseparable.

Joan and Gary raised a family of eight children of their own, and opened their home to many others that became a part of their family as well.  

Family was Joan’s biggest joy in life, followed by coffee and bingo.  She loved the outdoors, trips to the casino, her scratch off tickets, and romance novels.  After Sunday dinner she could be found playing cards with her grandkids or sitting outside enjoying God’s creation.  She was a woman that wore her heart on her sleeve but also had a fierce determination.  Even though she suffered a stroke in her late 40’s, she fought to regain her independence and feisty spirit.  Joan had a smile and a hug for everyone, unless you were disciplining a grandchild, teasing her about who was her favorite, or telling her bingo was cancelled.  

Joan is survived by: her sons, Duane (Robin) Haiss, Gary L. Haiss, Ronald (Christa) Haiss, James (Robbin) Haiss, Daniel (Rebecca) Haiss, and Michael Haiss; daughters, JoAnna Story and Joanie (Mike Belous) Haiss; brother, Manuel (Popi) Sanchez Sr.; bonus children, Charlie (Amy) Kapala, Kim (Ray Comstock) Kipen, and David Tucker; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and close family friends.

Joan was preceded in death by: her parents, Clyde and Priscilla (Phillips) Dickenson; husband, Gary Haiss; in-laws, Orville and Kathleen (Brown) Haiss; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Hope Dickenson, Duane and Betty Dickenson, Ronald and Loretta Dickenson, Joan Eppinger, and Patricia Long;  grandson, Matthew Haiss; and son-in-law, Richard Story.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, 2370 North 72nd Avenue, Hart. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2023, at the funeral home. 

  Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

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