THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joan L. Harris
Issue Date: March 16, 2018
Joan Lillian (Bowman) Harris, 81, of Suamico, passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 after a long, hard fought battle with Alzheimers and Dementia.
Born Sept. 22, 1936 in Mountain, to the late Bernard and Alice Bowman, she graduated from Mountain High School in 1954. She then attended Milwaukee College of Cosmetology and became a Beautician for several years.
She was one of the first residents of Mountain to start the Mountain Ambulance Service in 1971 and was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a past 4H Club leader.
She loved anything horse related along with the 40 acre farm her parents once owned. She enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing trips to Lake Gogebic, was an avid cake decorator, a longtime member of the T&T Builders bowling team and member of the Walkie Talkies Ladies Group. She drove for Lamers Bus Lines and worked at Bob & Lottie's Restaurant. Later in life, she enjoyed hand-sewn quilt making, took classes in drawing and oil painting and was an avid Packer fan.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Glenn (Jack) Harris of Gillett; a brother, Gerald Bowman of Mountain; two sons, Jack (Michele) Smith of Blairsville, Ga. and Bernard (Darcy) Smith of Mountain; three daughters, Leslie (David) Brown of Lena, Lisa (Larry) Behrend of Suamico and Lanita (Lawrence) Mauritz III of Mountain; two step-daughters, Cindy (Marty) Sutton of Newport, N.H. and Debra (Richard) Watson of Las Vegas, Nv.; 16 grandchildren; 17 special great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard (Bud) and Kenneth Bowman and her first husband, Robert (Bob) Smith.
Visitation will be held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. until time of the Memorial Service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill Krauss officiating. Interment will be in Mountain Cemetery in the Spring.