Joan M. McNamara-Klotz Of Lansing
Went to be with her Lord August 8, 2014 at the age of 85. Joani grew up between the north end of Lansing and Resurrection Parish. Her dad was adamant about a catholic school education. She was married at Resurrection church in early 1949. She was active in the earliest years of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, worked with Fr. Mac, was a member of the St. Therese Guild, and more. She worked for the Diocesan Catholic Education Office and even taught a year of school there the year before. She also participated in the Diocesan Conference of Catholic Women in April of 1961 as chairman of the Spanish Speaking Apostolate, and worked extensively with the migrant workers and families surrounding the Lansing area. At this time, she was also associated with Catholic Charities as a source, and took a young 10 year old foster child in for 2 years from St. Vincent's Home. Cristo Rey church on High St. on Lansing's north became a prominent part of her life, leading to the lifetime honor of membership with the Mexican Patriotic Committee of Lansing. In the early mid 1960's, The National Office of the Cursillo Movement came to Lansing with Bill Sweeney and she was asked to serve as Executive Secretary. This position took her all over the United States giving talks and producing materials for the Cursillo. When that office moved to Reno in the late 1960's, once again, the Diocese called on her to work with Ruben Alfaro for the Regional office of the Bishops Committee for the Spanish Speaking. They set up in an historic house on N. Washington along with El Renacimiento newspaper. They eventually moved to the Michigan Catholic Conference Building. That office also closed in the early 1970's, and she was asked to move to Washington D.C. to work with the Executive Director of the NCCIJ, National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice. She agreed to a year then came home, where family was. She rejoined Ursula Klein (her HS choir director) and sang with the Resurrection and Diocesan choirs all during the 1980's. She loved singing. She decided to try Interior Design, educated herself and was hired at Jacobson's Store for the Home. She was almost always top seller, and one year won the Diana award for top sales in all of East Lansing. She was at Jac's for over 22 years, and when they closed, she stayed in retail, eventually starting her own company name, J McK Design. One of her last big jobs was to design and refurbish the Senate Offices at the State Capitol Building in early 1992. As one with a strong business savvy, she helped open the Michigania Store on Washington Ave. down town Lansing around 2000. In the midst of all this, she still found time for family and travel. She has visited 16 countries and Ireland 3 times, with best friends!! She had many, many, many loved ones..... as grandchildren and great grandchildren came along, she enjoyed all of us to the fullest. She had a wonderful, joyous, and most of all, Giving life. She is survived by her 4 children; Paul Klotz, Jean Klotz-Ryerse, Mark (Margaret) Klotz, and John Klotz; grandchildren, Angela (Steve) McCauslin, Christopher Klotz, Brittany (Scott) Rollins, Jonathan Klotz, Lindsey (Chad) Fender, Ashley Ryerse, Aaron Klotz, Matthew Klotz, Ann (Ryan) Wronikowski-Motley and Katherine Klotz; great-grandchildren, Colin, Riley, Sidney, McCauslin, Haley and Makena Rollins, Liam and Piper Fender, Quinton, and Leah Wronikowski, and Blake Motley; and one brother Michael (Sally) McNamara, and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. The memorial mass will be celebrated Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In memory of Joani contributions may be made to the St. Thomas Aquinas School Tuition Help Fund or The Cristo Rey Community Center. Please have all floral donations delivered to the church on the day of the service.