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Joan Ravin

Joan Ravin, 85, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on 21 March 2023.

The Funeral was held at Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 on Friday, 24 March 2023 at 11:00 AM .

Rabbi Joshua Whinston and Cantor Regina Hayut officiated. Interment at Arborcrest Memorial Park, 2521 Glazier Way, Ann Arbor MI 48105.

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Joan Ravin, cherished wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on March 21, 2023 at the age of 85 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease and vascular dementia.

Joan was born in Manhattan and attended the University of Buffalo, where she met her husband Bob. As she was waiting for a date in her dorm, Bob introduced himself and convinced her to go out with him instead. And although she didn’t know it at the time, this was not Joan’s first introduction to the Ravin family. When she was 11 years old, Joan was traveling by bus with her mother from Atlantic City to Manhattan. Since there weren’t two seats together, her mother found a lovely woman for Joan to sit with. The woman spoke to Joan about her son, Bob. Fast forward eight years later, when Bob brought Joan home to meet his parents. It didn’t take long to figure out that the woman on the bus was Bob’s mother. Destiny became history…Bob and Joan married in 1957 and moved to Ann Arbor, where they raised three daughters and were active members of Temple Beth Emeth for more than 60 years. Joan retired from the University of Michigan Stores in 1997.

Joan’s greatest passion was her family. She was authentic, kind and generous; an empathetic listener known for her wise judgement and encouraging words. Always positive, Joan put the needs of her family first. Her grandchildren adored their beloved “Grandma Joanie”. She welcomed their friends into her home, making sure the freezer was stocked with Girl Scout cookies and homemade brownies to enjoy around the backyard pool.

Joan and Bob were snowbirds in Florida for 21 years. Joan loved all things Florida, especially walking Siesta Key beach, asking everyone where they were from and saying “Go Blue” to all who wore a UM hat or t-shirt. Bob and Joan created numerous family memories in Sarasota that their children and grandchildren will always treasure.

An avid reader, accomplished piano player, excellent cook and gracious hostess, Joan was also a huge basketball fan. She enjoyed euchre, bridge, and board games. Joan was known for baking a “welcome” gift for new neighbors and cooking for neighbors and friends in need. Joan loved to travel; she and Bob had many trips with family, friends, and colleagues. Highlights included several trips to Israel (she loved Haifa), exploring the Canadian Rockies with Joan’s cousins, a trip to Rome with the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and a week in Paris with her daughters.

Joan is survived by her husband Bob; daughters Barbara (Dan), Debra (Jerry), and Judy; and grandchildren Corissa (Sev), Emily, Valerie (Josh), Matan (Roni), and Gilad (Emily). Those who knew Joan were touched by her loving heart, bright smile, and selfless spirit. Her sweet gentle way will be missed by all.

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Family and friends will be gathering on Saturday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Debra Rosenberg, 1746 Fairview Court, Saline, MI 48176. Religious services will be held on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Joan Ravin may do so by making a contribution to:

Arbor Hospice Foundation
2366 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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