Joan “Jo” Arvilla (Wyman) Adleman

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.

In her retirement, she stayed very active, organizing senior citizen trips throughout the country and on Mackinac Island, served as a youth camp director for many years at VFW Camp Trotter and worked within the Hart School system. In her later years, she devoted much of her time to volunteering, especially for the Eaton Area Senior Center in Charlotte. She was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Post No. 5602 in Six Lakes.

Joan is survived by two daughters, Sheila (James) Burgie, of Charlotte, and Sharon (Michael) Doherty, of Charlevoix; two sons, Duke (Sandy) Adleman and Darrin (Jeannie) Adleman, both of Grand Ledge; 10 grandchildren, Brian (Heidi) Sutton, Jason (Angelina) Sutton, Jared (Jenny) Sutton, Michael Doherty, Nicole (Jason) Jarad, Amber Laakko, Angie (Pete) Vereecke, Sabrina (Brian) Tome, Jake (Renee) Adleman, and Alisha (Phil) Sheets; 10 great-grandchildren; and her constant and loving companion dog, Rodi.

She is predeceased by her parents and three brothers, Duane Wyman, of Midland, Carl Wyman, of Reed City, and Dale Wyman, of Reed City.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with the Rev. Amee Paparella officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Pray Funeral Home.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton Community Palliative Care of the Capital Area Humane Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Joan on her tribute page at