ASSININS - Joan Marie Bemis, 79, of Assinins, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
She was born on July 18, 1930, in Assinins, daughter of Lawrence and Leone (Lacosse) Denomie. Joan grew up in Assinins, graduated from Baraga High School and received a degree from Michigan Technological University.
She married George Bemis in Davenport, Iowa.
She worked for the MESC as an interviewer for about 20 years, retiring in 1990.
She served on the Commission of Indian Affairs for several years and the KBIC Tribal Council for 16 years.
Joan enjoyed goose hunting, fishing and was an avid Packer fan.
Joan was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Ojibwa Seniors.
Surviving are her son, Ralph Bemis of Assinins; brothers, Robert (Marilyn) Denomie and Lawrence (Ann) Denomie, both of Assinins; sisters, Deloris Eberl and Betty (Gordon) Villwock, both of Milwaukee, Carlota (Joe) Beauprey of Assinins; four grandchildren, David Bemis of L'Anse, Nicole (Conrad) LaPlante of Baraga, Ralph (Joanna) Bemis of L'Anse, and James Bemis of Gwinn; six great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, George Bemis, in 1992; and sister, Patricia Imig.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Church in Assinins.
The funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. at the church. Fr. Janusz Romanek will officiate.
Burial will be in the Assinins Cemetery.
The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign Joan's guestbook or send condolences at jacobsonfuneralhome.com.