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Joanie Ellen Balian

January 14, 1950 - August 29, 2018

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Joanie Balian, 68, of Harsens Island, MI, formerly of Allen Park, MI, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in her home. She was born January 14, 1950 in Detroit, MI to the late John and Marion (nee Driscoll) Nadrowski. She married Michael M. Balian on July 21, 1967 in Bowling Green, OH.

Joanie retired from BASF, where she worked in finance.  Afterward, she spent time working at the Waterfront Shop on Harsens Island and tended to her large vegetable and flower gardens

Joanie and her husband Mac loved taking motorcycle trips together and in recent years loved taking part in murder mysteries and traveling to Florida. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She spent countless hours encouraging & supporting them through their education and extra-curricular activities.  She was a constant supporter of her grandson’s football games and traveled every time she could to see her granddaughter dance.

Joanie was a consummate planner of family get-togethers and vacations, bringing her children & grandchildren to Disney World, Mackinac Island, and other adventures.

Mrs. Balian is survived by her husband Mike, daughters Kim (Anthony) Paone and Christa Balian, grandchildren Alan Osterling, Michael Osterling, Davis Paone, Nathan Osterling, Jack Paone, and Ava Paone, a sister Sharon West, nieces and nephews.

The family thanks all of those who have cared for her during her journey and last days. We will miss her smile, her laugh, her baking, her energy, and her singing all the wrong lyrics to almost every song.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to, where a webpage has been established by her grandchildren.  Arrangements by the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac, MI.