Joanne L. Flagstadt

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died August 8th, 2019

Joanne L. Flagstadt 88, of Escanaba passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at her daughter’s home in Escanaba.

Joanne was born in Escanaba on March 21, 1931, daughter of Arthur and Mathilda (Morreau) DeLaire. She was a life-long resident of the area, graduating from Escanaba High School in 1949. She attended Bay College where she received a Business Certificate.

She worked at Michigan Bell, the Escanaba Dairy, and State of Michigan – Unemployment Agency, and was fondly known as “that Nice Unemployment Lady’, before retiring in 1995.

Joanne loved to go for walks, with her beloved dog Sadie. She enjoyed traveling, cruises, attending community events such as Rock the Dock, concerts, Art in the Park, listening to music, going to the casino, playing cards, grocery and clothes shopping, and also clipping coupons.

She was a member of the Eagles club, SERA, CHAT (Community Handicap Awareness Team) , and           St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish.

She attended Community Action Agency Adult Day Services, formerly Perspectives for the last 3.5 years, and loved going to “work” there every day.  She enjoyed all the workers, and friends she met there, including all their fun activities and music.  She was fondly known as the “den-mother”.

Among survivors are her children, Kris (Gus) Olson of Escanaba, Kathy Flagstadt of Marquette, Kenneth (Shelly) Flagstadt of Escanaba and Kevin Flagstadt of Escanaba, Jen Flagstadt (daughter-in-law) of Escanaba; grandchildren, Luke Olson, Leah Olson-Aftab, Levi Olson, Ken Flagstadt, Krystal Flagstadt-Wallin and Kristopher Gregorie; great grandchildren, Sophia, Zack, Zain, Zeb and Zubair Aftab and Isaak and Nevaeh Wallin; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Mark; and siblings Jim, Robert and Eileen.

The visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 13th from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 South 13th Street, Escanaba. The funeral service will begin at 5 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Timothy Ferguson officiating.  A meal will follow immediately after the service at the Crawford Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the kindness and loving care of U.P. Health Systems- Hospice , which provided care and assistance during the last 6 months.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Donations can be directed to Community Action Adult Day Care or the local Alzheimer’s Association.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting



14 Tributes to “Joanne L. Flagstadt”

  1. We are sooo sorry for your loss,Joann was such,a,sweet person and so much fun on our trip to Europe years ago love you all,Christa and Don

  2. I love my great-grandma, and I will miss her but,I will always think of her in my heart. I love you 💗❤️❤️❤️

  3. Kathy and family, my heart goes out to you. Your Mom was a very special women and she will be missed.

    May the Lord wrap you in his arms and give you comfort.

  4. So sad to hear about your mom’s passing Kathy.I know how very much you loved her. You were able to spend a lot of time with her. You were a loving daughter and I know she cherished you. My condolences to all your family.

  5. Dear Kevin, Ken & Shelly, Kathy and Families. So Sorry for your loss! Your Mom was a sweet lady and I know she will be greatly missed by all of you.
    Very Sincerely
    Angie (Bucksar) Larson

  6. Kris, Gus and families,
    Lynn and I send our sincerest condolences. You can take great comfort in knowing the wonderful care and love you gave to your mother every day.

  7. Dearest Kathy, Chris, Kenny and Kevin and family,
    Want to let you know how sorry we are for the passing of your dear mother. She loved you all so much and it is evident how much love was returned to her. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much aloha,
    The Bermans -Steph (Trout), Norm, Micah and Sarah
    The Trouts-Bob, Jeanne and Dyrk

  8. Dear Kris and Gus,
    We are so sorry for your loss. It must have been comforting for her to have you by her side during her final days.
    Linda and Elliott Lum

  9. Dear Kris and Gus,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. It must have been comforting for her to be cared for in your home and for you knowing you were by her side until the end. We were so grateful to have hospice help for both of our mothers.
    Elliott and Linda Lum

  10. Kathy & family, so sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. My sympathy to all.

  11. So sorry to hear about Joanne! My friend Tina & me used to sing there & Joanne was always one of the best singers! She loved singing “Doggie In The Window” My heart goes out to the family! She will truly be missed! Darlene Jensen & Tina Michael

  12. To the Flagstadt family
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom , you all have my deepest sympathy .
    Another great person will be missed , but never forgotten .

  13. Kris & Gus and family. so sorry for your loss. What a world you’ve lived in these past years. Happy you were able to be by her side and able to surround her with love and compassion.

    Lois & John pinar

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