CHARLOTTE — Joan “Jo” Arvilla (Wyman) Adleman, 85, of Charlotte, formerly of Reed City, died on Thursday, April 7, 2016.
Jo was born on June 5, 1930, in Midland, the daughter of Dewey and Ida Rose Ella (Oliver) Wyman. She worked for more than 20 years in parks and recreation as director of senior citizen activities. She first served the City of Lansing, and later, retired from the City of Fraser. As a young woman from Reed City, Joan was a very active softball enthusiast. She started her career as early as 9 years old when she played on an upper school (college) softball team. Joan was accepted to play for the Grand Rapids Chicks, which was a women’s baseball league during World War II, but wasn’t able to continue due to family obligations. She became a fast pitch pitcher in the Central Michigan fast pitch softball league for women and played for the Lansing Bud Kouts team which later was known as the Lansing Laurels.