Joan Ruth (Gronning) Nichols

Joan Ruth (Gronning) Nichols, 80, of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away on Jan. 4, 2021.

She was born April 23, 1940, in Park Falls, Wis., to Roy and Marjorie (Trowbridge) Gronning. She married her high school sweetheart, G. Roger Nichols, on Dec. 29, 1957, in Chetek. Together they shared 62 years of marriage until Roger’s passing in 2020.

Joan enjoyed crafting, square dancing, camping with her sisters, tea parties, and baking, especially at Christmas time, when she could watch her children and grandchildren decorate cookies.

She was active and a member of the outreach program and contact support for the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Grand Rapids Chapter, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She enjoyed being involved in community programs such as the Kidney Foundation and the food pantry.

Joan struggled for many years with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Survivors include her children, Richard (Dona) Nichols, Kathy (Kevin) Arends, Steven (Shirley) Nichols, Tamyra (Scott) Baldwin, Christopher (Carrie) Nichols, Michael (Sarah) Nichols; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, G. Roger; children, Penny A. Nichols and Thomas G. Nichols; brother, Norman Gronning; sister, Jean (Roger) Hanson.

The funeral and celebration of life service at Christ Lutheran Church, in Wyoming, Mich., is pending due to the current restrictions.

A special thank you to The Samaritas Living Center, The Lodge and to Hospice of Michigan for their love, support and care of our mother.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joan’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.

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