Marva Jean Jonas

Marva Passed away on August 28, 2023, at Eden Fields Assisted Living in Standish, MI. She was born on October 17, 1940, in Bay City, Michigan to the late William and Elsie (Felske) Schoof. She graduated from Bay City Central in 1958. She met William (Bill) Jonas, the love of her life, at a high school dance. They married on August 13, 1960, at Trinity Lutheran Church. They Moved from Munger, Michigan to Pinconning, Michigan in 1961 where they established Jonas Farms, then became members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pinconning. Marva lived life to the fullest. Whether she was doing the polka or a waltz with her husband, working in her flower beds, bowling, riding snowmobiles and Harley’s, deer hunting at their cabin up north (which she holds the record for the biggest buck taken to date), relaxing on the deck at their home in Florida or spending time with family and friends, you can bet at some point she would start singing “In heaven there is no beer”. Marva loved with her whole heart and had the kindest soul but what made her stand out in a crowd was her beautiful smile. She will always be remembered for her love, her laughter, and that smile.

She is survived by her husband William. Their two children; David (Mary) Jonas and Julie (Ken) Payea. Seven grandchildren; Stephanie (Tim) Sleeman, Logan Jonas (Molly), Jodi Christian (Andrew), Justin (Kelli) Hill, Kayla Payea (Victor), Jailynn Payea, and Marissa Payea. Eight great-grandchildren; Belle, Ethan, Rickilynn, Grace, Ivylynn, Luke, Oliver, and Dahlia. She was preceded in death by two children, Jean Marie and Cindy Lee Jonas, grandson Ricky Christian, great-grandchild Ezekiel, and two sisters, Shirley Bittner, and Marjie Rouech.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 11:00am from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pinconning, with Pastor John Weldon presiding with burial in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may visit on Wednesday from 2:00 until 8:00 pm at Rivertown Funeral Chapel. On Thursday, Marva will lie in state at the church from 10:00 am until time of service. Those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donating to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pinconning, Michigan or Eden Fields Assisted Living, Standish, Michigan. The family would like to “Thank’ Eden Fields Assisted living and their staff for the love and great care they gave to Marva as well as Careline Hospice and their staff.

Rivertown Funeral Chapel, Kawkawlin, MI, was in charge of arrangements.

The Pinconning Journal

110 E. 3rd St.
PO Box 626
Pinconning, MI 48650

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