Obituary

Roberta Moran

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died January 1st, 2017

Roberta “Joy” Moran, 83, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday evening, January 1, 2017 at Bishop Noa Home.

Joy was born on May 2, 1933 in Escanaba, daughter of Mark and Lucille (Solley) Valind. She graduated from St. Joseph High School.

On June 23, 1951, Joy married Robert “Bob” J. Moran at St. Joseph Church in Escanaba.

Over the years, Joy had been employed with NuWay Cleaners, was a bookkeeper at First National Bank and retired from Gasman News Agency.

Joy was an active member of St. Anne’s Church.
She was a valued member of the adult choir, a cantor for many years, a Eucharist Minister, CCD teacher, and was in charge of the linens and seasonal flowers for the altar. She was also involved in the Bay de Noc Choral Society and Players de Noc.

She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing and cooking.

Among survivors include her husband, Bob of Escanaba; daughters, Sally (Larry) Johnson of Wilson, Donna Whitehead of Two Rivers, WI, Jean (Tom) Peters of Two Rivers, WI and Judith (Gordon) Wery of Savannah, GA; 10 grandchildren, Larry Johnson Jr., Lisa Moran, Erica Ritchie, Eric Moran, Carmen Whitehead, Maria Whitehead, Preston Preston, Gina Kalista, Gordon Wery and Monica Wery and 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Kathlyn Minor and Leta (Pat) Cousineau; brothers, Charles (Susan) Valind and Thomas (Gerry) Valind; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son in law, William Whitehead; brothers, Robert “Pat” Valind and grandson, Keith Preston.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 6th from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church in Escanaba. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

A memorial in Joy’s name may be directed to St. Anne’s Church. Envelopes will be available at the church.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Moran family.

7 Tributes to “Roberta Moran”

  1. Dear Family of Joy,
    Indeed it was a joy to be with her. She was a kind gracious woman. I appreciated her welcoming me as a newcomer to the Parish. I will miss her. Please accept my condolences.

  2. To our entire Moran/ Valind U.P. Family Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you during this difficult time. Aunt Joy will be deeply missed. May you all cherish your memories of her and hold them close to your hearts. I am going to miss her visits to SOHA and picking blueberries with her! Take care everyone and know we send you all our love….Vicki Valind Hunt and all of Aunt Joy’s Lower Peninsula Family

  3. Judy and all the family my thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. May God bless you all and comfort you.

  4. Judy & family
    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our prayers in this difficult time.

  5. Judy & Family:
    I’m saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. Please accept my sincere condolences. Your notes about her life shows all she was a very important part of the the community, and served others gladly. I extend to you my prayers for peace and healing.

  6. My condolences to the family on your loss. God bless you in your time of mourning. My prayers go out to you.

  7. Dear Gorden and Family,

    I will keep you and your family in our prayers during this time of mourning. Nothing easy abut the loss of a loved one.

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