Joanne Marie Heinz (1942-2006)

Joanne Marie Heinz Howse
Born:6 Dec 1942 Petoskey, Michigan
Died:17 Apr 2006 Orem, Utah
Father:Leslie Eugene Heinz
Mother:Donna Joanne Price
Siblings:Joanne Marie Heinz
Donald Leslie Heinz
Katherine Eileen Heinz
Debra Elizabeth Heinz
Married:18 Sep 1959 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Spouse:Arnold Leroy Howse
Children:Bethany Anne Howse
Darby Lee Howse
Annette Marie Howse
Clifford Leroy Howse
Carey Lizabeth Howse
Christopher Heinz Howse
Arnold Price Howse
Jody Jeffrey Howse
Daniel Leslie Howse
David Andrus Howse
Andrew Michael Howse
Timothy Donald Howse
Joanne Marie Heinz was born on the 6th of December, 1942, in Little Traverse Hospital in Petoskey. Being the firstborn to her parents, Leslie Eugene and Donna (Price) Heinz she was the first grandchild of Donald Arthur Price and Dorothy Andrus Crane. Grandpa Price came to visit the newborn, in the hospital, and was quoted as saying "Where's the baby, all I can see is the nose!" Years later, he was horrified that this tidbit was passed along, however. Her daddy was quite satisfied with the nose, though, as it very much resembled his.

While still a tiny girl, Leslie was called to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Donna and Joanne moved into Dorothy and Donald's home for the next two years. This was a happy and fun time for Joanne. Here she was given much love and attention by Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Pat, Uncle Jimmy and Deedee. Deedee was only 9 years older, herself. Joanne's mother claims that she never was a child but, during her early years, she was a very busy and inquisitive youngster. Perhaps because of her time with Grandpa and Grandma, she was always an admirer of older people. She soon became acquainted with the senior citizens of any neighborhood that her family moved to. Her main love, as a small person, was her "babies" (dolls) which were just a poor substitute for the real thing! When baby brother Donnie joined Joanne and her Mommy at Grandma Price's house, the world was made perfect!

Immediately after the war, her daddy came home and scooped up his little family to make the move to Flint, Michigan, where he had a job working on the line crew for Michigan Bell Telephone Company. They lived on Lindsey Boulevard in a tiny house. As the situation improved, financially, they moved to the other side of Flint, and lived on Green Street. Many friends were acquired here. However, Donna very much disliked the "dirty city" and longed for her family "up north". So, in the summer of 1949, the four of them jumped into their brand-new '49 Chevy and headed for Petoskey. In December of that year they bought a home at 202 E. Lake Road, in Harbor Springs. This completed a circle for Donna and Leslie, as they had both been raised in Harbor, met, dated and married here. Here, little sisters Kathy and Debbie became Joanne's sisters. Joanne loved the quaint, little town and the freedom that it brought. Her time was pretty much consumed, in the summer, by swimming and sun-bathing at the Harbor Springs bathing beach. Winter was filled with school, friends, ice-skating, Brownie and Girl Scouts, and, most importantly, piano lessons with her dear friend, Jean Louise Mead, and practicing (or really, just enjoying being able to coax songs from the old upright).

As a teenager, Joanne was involved in organizations at school and within the community. She enjoyed people and was easily enthused about most activities.

Once her path crossed that of the cute, trumpet playing guy in Mr. Jezisek's band class with the gorgeous eyes, her history pretty closely parallels his. Since her main goal in life had always been to be a Mother, the rest of the story is basically formed around Bethany Anne, Darby Lee, Annette Marie, Clifford Leroy, Carey Lizabeth, Christopher Heinz, Arnold Price, Jody Jeffrey, Daniel Leslie, David Andrus, Andrew Michael and Timothy Donald Howse.

Having always been unusually interested in things of religion, Joanne was a very active Presbyterian girl. At the age of twelve, she was asked to play the piano for Sunday School. She participated in Youth Fellowship, sang in the choir, substituted for the church organist and, during summer months, accompanied her young minister, Rev. Ron Felty, to Cross Village each Sunday evening. He preached a sermon to the little congregation, there, and Joanne played the ancient, pump organ.

While in Mt. Pleasant, during Arnolds college days, there, two "Mormon" missionaries rapped on the door of the couple's trailer. Joanne was soon baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - on her twentieth birthday, in fact. Since that time, much of her time and effort have been wrapped up in building and supporting that organization.

Joanne helped organize the first Relief Society in Petoskey, serving as Relief Society president three different times. Joanne was Primary president twice, taught most classes in both auxiliaries. Joanne wrote and directed many road shows, taught several youth classes, both Sunday School and MIA. Joanne served a stake mission with her eternal companion Arnold, which was a highlight of her life. They also served in the calling of Stake Family History Consultants and Stake Extraction Specialists. They enjoyed many trips to towns in US and Canada searching out their roots.

Joanne loved being the unofficial "Mom" to all missionaries who came to the areas where she was living, as well as to many others whom she "adopted" along the way. - end of her personal history

Joanne died 17 April 2006,  in Orem, Utah, Utah. Her last couple years were not easy on her but she stayed around as long as she could to enjoy her children and the joy of her day was to have her grandchildren come over to talk and play with her. Her especial companion was her granddaughter Suzi who always made her smile with her special way with words.

Joanne was buried in the Orem City Cemetery, Orem, Utah.


Petoskey News-Review, Thursday, 20 Apr 2006:

Joanne Marie Heinz Howse
12/6/1942 ~ 4/17/2006

Our beloved mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother, Joanne Marie Heinz Howse, peacefully passed away Monday afternoon, April 17, 2006, at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem, Utah. Death was caused by the effects of a stroke she suffered early last Thursday morning.

Joanne was born Dec. 6, 1942, in Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan, the daughter of Leslie Eugene Heinz and Donna Joanne Price. She grew up in beautiful Northern Michigan, learning young to exercise her talents.

Mom graduated from Harbor Springs High School, a member of the class of 1960. As a teenager, she was the organist and pianist for several Presbyterian congregations in the area around Little Traverse Bay.

Joanne married Arnold Leroy Howse on Sept. 18, 1959, in Harbor Springs. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on June 15, 1965. Together, they raised a family of 12 children.

As their family grew, Arnold and Joanne worked at Crump's Candies in Harbor Springs, eventually acquiring the business and renaming it Howse's Candy Haus. They successfully introduced Northern Michigan-style fudge in Boca Raton, Fla., and in Provo and Park City, Utah.

Joanne met missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and embraced their teachings when she was a young mother. She and Arnold provided a place for the first LDS Sunday school in Northern Michigan and supplied roots for the establishment of the church in Northern Michigan.

Mom has been actively engaged in church work, serving in the Primary, Young Women's and Relief Society organizations. She actively traced her family history, taking her family on trips around the country in pursuit of grave stones and other records of her past.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Arnold, and her children, Bethany Anne Downey (Brent), Darby Lee Robison (Stephen), Annette Marie Wixom (Clyde), Clifford Leroy (Martha Hanneman), Carey Lizabeth Anderson (Mark), Christopher Heinz (Teresa Maxwell), Arnold Price (Carrie Bennett), Jody Jeffrey (Adria Hunt), Daniel Leslie (Mandy Quintero), David Andrus (Karen Garcia), Andrew Michael (Alicia Hansen) and Timothy Donald (Luz Longoria). She is also survived by her 40 grandchildren, with three more expected, and six great-grandchildren, with another due to arrive in October. She is also survived by her mother, brother and sisters, Donald (Vicki), Katherine Brown (Jeff), and Debra Sydow. Joanne's surviving sisters-in-law are Joanne Swiss (Gerry) and Karlene Marsh (Dennis).

Joanne was preceded in death by her father, and, a month ago, by her granddaughter, Christina Shell Howse.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Park 6th Ward Chapel on 4th West in Orem, Utah. A viewing will precede the funeral at 11:30 a.m.

Arrangements are being made by Sundburg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State St., Orem, Utah 84058. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


*Family Records of Joanne Marie Heinz Howse

*Note: Joanne is the daughter-in-law of Clifford and Gertrude Howse

*Petoskey News Review, Tuesday, 1 Oct 1974, front page, Obituary: Heinz, Leslie Eugene

*The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, Sunday, 5 Mar 2006, Obituary: Howse, Christina Shell

*Family Records of Darby Lee Howse Robison
     Birth: 6 Dec 1942 Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan
     Marriage: 18 Sep 1959 Harbor Springs, Michigan
     Death: 17 Apr 2006 Orem, Utah, Utah

*Burial: Orem City Cemetery
          Howse, Joanne M.
          Dec. 6, 1942
          Apr. 17, 2006
          Married Sept. 18, 1959
          Sealed June 15, 1965 to Arnold L. Howse (b. Dec. 5, 1941) 

*FamilySearch IGI, record of a deceased member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
     Joanne Marie Heinz
     Born: 06 Dec 1942 Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan
     Died: 17 Apr 2006
     Father: Leslie Eugene Heinz
     Mother: Donna Joanne Price

*Death: Social Security Death Index:
     Howse, Joanne
     Birth Date: 6 Dec 1942
     Death Date: 17 Apr 2006
     Social Security Number: 380-44-8043
     State Number Was Issued: Michigan

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