Bandfield, Joan

Joan “JoAnn” Bandfield, of Vanderbilt and Gaylord, died April 4, 2018. Joan had been a resident of Craft Assisted Living/Care Home in Mason, MI, where she died peacefully in the presence of family and friends.

Joan was born in Lansing, MI, on November 18, 1926, to LeRoy and Myrtle (Fryatt) Barnes. She met and married her husband, Bill Bandfield, in Charlotte, MI, in 1947, and joined him in the ownership and operation of Bandfield’s Grocery, Vanderbilt, between 1964 and 1984. Joan was an enthusiastic Bingo player and enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino. Joan had a smile for almost everyone, even unto her death. Joan moved to  Mason, MI in 2015, to be near her daughters.

Joan’s greatest achievement was raising her six children. She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Lee Bottomley, Billie Jo McBrien, Barbara Jean (Donnie) Nelson, and twins, Sally Ann (John) Bright and Susan Marie (Vincent) Houliston. Also surviving are her grandchildren, William Alan Bottomley, Nic (Lisa) Bottomley, Angela Michelle (Mark) Jacquart, Michael Timothy (Amber) McBrien, and John IV (Theresa) and Thomas (Gabby) Bright. Joan experienced the joy of being a great-grandmother to Samuel Bottomley, Jace and Kobe Jacquart, Aiden and Shayla McBrien, John V, and Sarah Bright.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Wilma Tyson; her only son, Tom; and son-in-law, Richard Bottomley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Redeemer Church in Vanderbilt on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 1pm, with visitation beginning at 12pm.

Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Sunday, April 8, from 4pm until 6pm.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff members at Craft Assisted Living/Care Home and Great Lakes Hospice for the excellent care given to Joan.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Great Lakes Hospice or Holy Redeemer Church in Vanderbilt, through the Nelson Funeral Home.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.




  1. Susan Bandfield-Houliston April 5, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I can hear you yelling “Bingo” from Heaven! I love you!

  2. Tim and Brenda Cottrell April 5, 2018 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I will always remember going into Bandfield’s Grocery and you were the most kind and sweetest lady. You will be missed by all of the people who you have touched their lives in one-way or another. Nancy, Barb, Billie, Susie and Sally remember all of the precious memories you have of her will help you through the hard times.

  3. Marie Willis April 5, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I remember her well and with much fondness. Love to you all and prayers for comfort.

  4. Don and Linda Fitzek April 5, 2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Nancy and family, Don and I are very sorry to hear that your mom passed. She was a wonderful person and I know you all will miss her but be glad you had her in your lives as long as you did. Some good memories!

  5. Craig and Berni Seidell April 6, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Nancy and all the family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We remember your mom from so many years ago. May you find comfort knowing that she in in the arms of her Lord. God bless all of you.
    Craig and Berni Seidell

  6. Raymond Gilmore April 6, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I will surely miss Mrs. B and her visits at the store. My thoughts and prayer are with her family.

  7. Vince Houliston April 6, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Joan was a very fun person and a great mother-in-law.

  8. don and mary howard April 6, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Such a wonderful woman. Always smiling for sure. Know she is enjoying her BIll. They were such good people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time and the days to come.

  9. Sue Karslake Medellin April 6, 2018 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Suzie and Sally along with your siblings and your families. My heart goes out to you all.
    Yes I agree your mother was a sweet very special lady. I have great memories of going to the store as a kid. That’s when candy was actually a penny.
    You are in my prayers.
    Sue Karslake Medellin

  10. Diane Szafranski April 6, 2018 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I met JoAnne when I moved to Gaylord in 2006. I was looking for places to play Bingo & I found them.
    One night, I happened to sit next to this older Woman & we started talking. Her name was JoAnne Bandfield.
    She was the first friend that I made in Gaylord, the closest friend also. After she moved from Vanderbilt to Gaylord we would go to Bingo every chance we got. Good memories of a wonderful Lady.

  11. Cindy Griffith April 8, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss, I have fond memories of visiting the grocery store when we were young, God’s peace be with you all.

  12. Gary and Joyce Boyd April 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You now have another Saint in heaven.

  13. Patti Letson April 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I have so many memories of Mr. and Mrs. Bandfield from the store and get togethers with my grandparents. Prayers to you all.

  14. Linda (Boyd) Carlson April 10, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Nancy, Billie, Barb, Susy and Sally,

    When someone you love becomes a memory,
    That memory becomes a treasure.

    Your mom was an integral part of my growing up! She will be missed.

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