City of Grosse Pointe resident Joan Hopcian, 72, died Friday, March 19, 2021 after a short illness. She was born April 7, 1948, in Detroit, to Leonard and Genevieve Hopcian.
Joan was a graduate of St. Thomas High School. She attended college at the University of Detroit.
Joan enjoyed a long career in retail beginning in the 1970s, where she worked at Emily's Across the Street and ending at Saks Fifth Avenue, she worked in the cosmetics and fragrance department for more than 25 years. She took great pride in delivering beauty and excellent customer service to her clients.
Apart from her career, Joan loved all animals - especially her precious cats. After she retired from Saks, she owned a pet concierge business in Grosse Pointe, called "Haughty Dogs and Cool Cats." For many years, she organized the Blessing of Pets at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church. She also volunteered at the EyesOn Design auto show and for the Full Circle Foundation.
As for the person she was, Joan was a kind neighbor, a good friend, a cool aunt and a loving sister and daughter. She took particularly to the elderly, with whom she struck up friendships and was always sure to check in.
Joan loved being on Lake St. Clair - especially aboard her boat, The Otter, in her younger years. She loved the Lake St. Clair sunsets and the view of the freighters. She enjoyed meeting friends at The Pony for a burger and a laugh.
She was very much loved by her family and friends, and Joan will be missed tremendously.
Joan is survived by her sisters, Angeline Dunlap, Virginia Brinker and Carol Hopcian-Middleton. She was the beloved aunt of Lisa and Jill Bankey and Mary and Matthew Brinker.
Visitation takes place from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Friday, March 26, at Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. A private family burial will take place on Saturday, March 27, at St. Mary's Cemetery in New Baltimore.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, michiganhumane.org.
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For a while,many years ago, now a lifetime, an angel danced into my life.
Joan now dances with the all the angels and my memories remain all the dearer to me.
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