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Joelyn Deane Gaston

February 17, 1933 November 13, 2020
Joelyn Deane Gaston
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Obituary for Joelyn Deane Gaston

Joelyn Gaston (nee Piccola), age 87, passed away November 13, 2020 with her husband, William Gaston by her side.
Joelyn was born February 17, 1933 to Marguerite and Joseph Piccola of Detroit. She graduated from Mackenzie High School in Detroit, in 1951 where she met and married the love of her life William E. Gaston. Together they have four children Laura Becker (Dave), Julie Herron (Ron), Lynne Leckner (Barry), and Robert Gaston. She is survived by seven grandchildren Brad, Brian, Jack, Ryan, Natalie, Isabella and Will. She is also survived by her sister, Marguerite Russo-Goldstein, and brother, Joseph Piccola (Rhonda), and many nieces and nephews.
She was a singer her whole life. At age 5 until age 18, Joelyn sang on Uncle Nick’s Kiddie Hour radio show. In her twenties she sang with a big band in clubs and at the Blue Lantern Ballroom at Island Lake. Growing up she sang in the choir at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Detroit where she was later married. She was a member of the choir at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Westland for 40 years until they moved to South Lyon, where she sang at Christ Lutheran Church in Milford. Every Christmas Eve, we all gathered around to listen to her sing “The Christmas Song” so beautifully. Now she is singing with the angels.
Together with her husband, William, they created unforgettable family memories at their summer home in Arcadia, MI. Three generations have come to love spending time at the cottage.
Joelyn was a loving, Christian wife, mother, and grandmother, and she will be missed deeply by all of us.
Visitation is November 19 from 3-8 p.m. at Philips Funeral Home in South Lyon. Funeral service will be private at Christ Lutheran Church in Milford. She will be laid to rest at the Pilgrim Home Cemetery in Arcadia, MI.
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3:00 PM 11/19/2020 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/19/2020 8:00:00 PM
Phillips Funeral Home

122 West Lake Street (Ten Mile Road)
South Lyon, MI 48178

Phillips Funeral Home
122 West Lake Street (Ten Mile Road) South Lyon 48178 MI
United States

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11:00 AM 11/20/2020 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11/20/2020 12:00:00 PM
Private (in Person) Service, Streaming Available

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Private (in Person) Service, Streaming Available
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Cemetery Details


Pilgrim Home Cemetery Final Resting Place

17119 Gilbert Road
Arcadia, MI 49613

17119 Gilbert Road Arcadia 49613 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association

225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17,
Chicago, IL 60601

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