Joan E. Maria completed her journey home on July 7, 2019. She passed peacefully with her family at her bedside. She was 86 years old.
Joan was born in Hazelton, North Dakota to Christian and Pauline (Schlecht) Grenz. She grew up in Hazelton, North Dakota and in Miles City, Montana. In her younger years, Joan learned her strong work ethic from working in the family business, the 600 Café in Miles City. She retired from the Social Security Office in Chico. Joan also worked for Chico State University and the Chico Police Department.
Joan was a longtime resident of Chico, California. She raised two sons Thomas D. Hutchison, of Durham, who predeceased her in 2011, and Charles H. Hutchinson, of Chico. She is survived by daughter in law Kathy Hutchinson of Durham, son Chuck Hutchinson, daughter in law Mandy Hudson, grandchildren: Brent, Brian, Tilley, Tyler, Tricia, Jenny, and Sam Hutchinson. Joan has 5 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two half-brothers, Butch Grenz (Gloria) of Miles City, and Ike Grenz of Oklahoma, a sister in law Cheryl Grenz (Tom) of Billings, Montana, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and step mom, Rose, 3 brothers, Gardener (Barbara), Tom, and James (Blyth) and 3 sisters Marcella (Vern Olson), Elizabeth (Paul Wilhiem), and Sheila (Dean Koon).
Joan was a strong, loving, supporting, woman who held her family close and was a blessing from God. She will be very missed.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Custer County Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Stevenson and Son’s Funeral Homes in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.