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Joanne Arlene (Aulwes) Lewis

October 5, 1934 ~ August 27, 2019 (age 84)

Joanne Arlene Lewis, 84, of Hillman passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at home.

Joanne Arlene Aulwes was born on October 5, 1934 in East Detroit to the late Arthur and Ora (Neaves) Aulwes. She graduated from East Detroit High School and took some courses at the Detroit Business Institute. Later she went to Macomb College, then she attended Phoenix College where she studied computer science and music history.

Joanne married Clarence Russell on August 29, 1953. They had five children, four boys and one girl. She was a secretary for Wayne State Dept. of Pharmacology. Joanne was a music teacher for most of her life. He preceded her in death on September 13, 1988.  On June 2, 1990, she married Joseph E. Lewis.  He preceded her in death on February 24, 2009. Joanne had a passion for music her entire life and enjoyed donating her talents to many organizations.  In her spare time, she played piano for St. Augustine Catholic Church, where she was a member, and Jesus the Good Shepherd Church until December 2018.

Surviving are her five children, Dolores Moore, Larry (Brenda) Russell, Tom (Susan) Russell, Dan Russell, Kris (Cheryl) Russell; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Visitation will take place at the Bannan Funeral Home in Hillman on Friday, August 30, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. with a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 32000 Mound Road, Warren from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Paul Coutinha officiating.

Interment:  White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan

Memorials: Montmorency County Commission on Aging