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Joan R. Spehar

July 8, 1939 — January 14, 2021

Joan R. Spehar

Joan Rita Spehar (Proffitt) passed away on January 14, 2021 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

She was born on July 8, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan to Harry and Mary Proffitt.

She married the late Michael Spehar on November 2, 1963, at the courthouse in Madison Heights where they continued to live and raise a family until moving north to Elmira after her husband's retirement.

Joan was a stay at home mother to four children, Kevin Spehar, Joann Spehar, Michael Spehar, and Mary (Brian) Spehar-Cavanaugh. She was also blessed with several grandchildren, Kevin Jr. (Nicole) Spehar, Crystal Spehar, Cade Cavanaugh, Callie Spehar, Maxwell Spehar. Joan is survived by her brother Robert Proffitt of Port Huron.

Joan enjoyed visiting with her neighbors, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her animals.

Joan's husband Michael predeceased her on January 8, 2010, as did her son Kevin on August 11, 2010.

In keeping with Joan's wishes her family has opted to remember her privately.

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