Joanne Averill

Joanne B Averill (Borsos)

Saturday, November 14th, 1931 - Saturday, December 26th, 2020
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Joanne Borsos Averill passed away peacefully at her home on December 26, 2020. She was 89 years old.

Born on November 14, 1931, to Valerie and Anton Borsos of Niles, Michigan, she was the youngest of four children. After graduating from Niles High School, she attended the University of Michigan, where she met, and upon graduation, married Charles F. Averill. After four years with the U.S.Navy, Charles settled into a career with Whirlpool Corporation, and they made their home in St. Joseph.

In addition to raising their three beautiful and extremely talented children, Joanne was very involved in the community, serving in leadership roles and singing in the choir at her churches, serving on the school board for 16 years, for many years as it’s president, working passionately with the Fort Miami Heritage Society to save the old Congregational Church and turn it into the Landmark Center, and working again to rebuild it after it caught fire.

Joanne was also an active member of the Krasl Art Center, Indian Hills Garden Club, Monday Musical Society, Antiquarians, AAUW, Mary Martha Circle, bridge club, and the “Beach Bums.”

Joanne hated to cook, but loved to entertain. Her door was always open, literally, and she hosted all manner of travelers, from Brother Rice swimmers, and visiting choir/band/orchestra members, to the man who repaired the organ at the Congregational Church. She loved to travel, with friends, to Philadelphia and Charleston or with family to England, China and Peru, or if no one else would go, she would make new friends on a Smithsonian tour to Egypt. In her own words, she was “a very lucky lady.”

Joanne was predeceased by her husband, Charles, and is survived by her three children: Glenn (Cathy), Gregg (Carolyn) and Diane (William) Kennedy; five grandchildren: Palmer Averill, Ashley Averill, Samantha Averill, Paige Kennedy and Kate Kennedy; and a very large cat named Holly.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Those wishing to sign the memory book online may do so at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation,
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Meg Rodgers

Posted at 08:56pm
Mrs Averill was a favorite neighbor. I loved her garden and sat in some adult ed classes with her that Ron Willging lead. She was such a nice person.

Mary Wortman

Posted at 03:25pm
We will miss you dearly We enjoyed exchanging traveling stories. We love singing with you in the choir Loved going to the parties at your house.... You are a very special lady and will miss you..

Anne Buckleitner

Posted at 03:29pm
My mom, MaryLee Buckleitner, shared many adventures with Joanne as a fellow Beach Bum -- we are all so sorry to hear of her passing.

Jeff wolf

Posted at 07:21pm
My family and I met Joanne about 15 years ago on Halloween night. She was outside sitting in a chair wrapped up in a blanket, buried in leaves and handing out candy. She made conversation commenting on the kid's costumes and introduced herself. I made the comment that she had to be outside because of all the drifting leaves up to the front door. Kiddingly, I mentioned that I can take care of those leaves and she took me up on it. This was the start of a wonderful relationship. I performed lots of yard work for her over the years and we had many conversations talking about each other's families on what was going on. Her front door was always open and always welcoming visitors. I used to kid her about watching the Packers instead of the Bears- she watched the Packers because she liked the color of the uniform. Needless to say, she liked the Wolverine's uniform as well.
Joanne will be missed and what a blessing she able to be home to be cared for.

Averill Family,
Please accept our condolences for your loss and celebrate the memories of her life,
Jeff (Beth) Wolf and Family

Josephine Smith

Posted at 11:51am
With heartfelt sympathy to Joanne's family. You have our prayers.

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