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Joyce A. Akerman

June 24, 1929 - August 13, 2022
Manistee, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Joyce A. Akerman, age 93, of Manistee, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2022 in Holland. She spent the last five years living in Pine Island, Florida with her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce Lyn and Tim.

Joyce was born in Bear Lake Township on June 24, 1929 to Victor and Mabel (Gauthier) Johnson. She was married on November 14, 1947 to John M. (Jack) Akerman in Manistee County, Michigan. Joyce grew up on her family farm surrounded by her loving family in Chief, Michigan. Joyce also lived in Traverse City for a number of years and worked at Munson Hospital. Upon her retirement she moved to Manistee, Michigan.

Joyce is survived by her children, Jacalyn (Bob) Stebelton Kish of Holland, Michigan, John (Maryann) Akerman of Honor, Michigan and Joyce Lyn (Tim) Conatser of Bokeelia, Florida; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Fred Johnson of Manistee, Roseann Harrigan of Holland and Loretta Sleeman of Manistee and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Johnson Jr.; sisters, Mary Pearce, Betty Townsend; daughter, Judie (Pracher) Garthwaite.

The family will receive visitors from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, on Monday, August 22, at the Dykstra Funeral Home - Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd Street, Holland. A funeral ceremony will be held following visitation at 1:00pm at the chapel. Reverend Jim Daniels will preside over the service. Interment and graveside services will be held in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens, Traverse City, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland, 270 Hoover Blvd, Holland, MI 49423.

Professional service is under the auspices of the Mulder Chapel.