Karr, Jean Marie 1/9/1940 - 6/14/2021 Jean, age 81, passed away on June 14, 2021, and was born on January 9, 1940 in Sandusky, Michigan to John and Dorothy Norman. Jean lived life with excitement and enthusiasm. Each day presented her with a new adventure and opportunity to connect with people. Whether it be her close family or new friends, her generous spirit and love for those around her were easily recognized. Jean took pride in her work as a nurse, first at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and then at Ypsilanti Regional Psychiatric Hospital. She loved the conversations and personal connections she made with her patients and co-workers. She retired from Ypsilanti Regional and later returned to work at Glacier Hills Retirement Community. As one of her nephews said, her "fierce love" for her family was a constant in her life. Jean loved being from a large family and loved opportunities to expand that family as she became close to others around her. Any opportunity to come together was taken. Her favorite memories involved family celebrations and campouts, or any time that gave her an opportunity to let someone know how special they were to her. Her joy of all joys was being a mother. Family trips and Michigan Football Saturdays provided many of her favorite memories. As her sons grew and got married, her fierce love expanded to include her two new daughters. When she married her second husband, she became an honorary mom to his children. Jean loved the title of grandmother. She loved being an active part of the lives of her grands, step-grands, and step-great-grands. She particularly enjoyed being there as they pursued their passions and she celebrated every success, great or small. Jean is survived by her children, Steven (Patricia) Karr and Kevin (Stephanie) Karr; her first husband, Randy (Susie) Karr; her step-children, Cheryl Barr, Thomas Barr, and Russell Bohm Jr.; her grandchildren, Nathan Karr, Adam Karr, Ryan (Hannah) Karr; her step-grandchildren, John (Anna) Signorino, Brandy Barr, Jared (Kimberly) Barr, Autumn Barr, Chase Barr, Lance Barr, Lisa Bohm, Benjamin Bohm, and Nicholas Bohm; her step-great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Eli, Sophie, Josie, and Eloise Signorino; her siblings, Ruth (Tom) Teed, Yvonne (John) Storey, Don (Cindy) Norman, Mary Mangus, and Lon (Janet) Norman; her sister-in-law, Brenda Norman; her brother-in-law, Jerry Hazel; many nieces and nephews; and her dog, Jebo. She is preceded in death by her husband, Russell Bohm; her siblings, John Norman, Barbara Hazel, and Tom Norman; her step-son, Donald Barr; and her parents. A memorial gathering will be held Monday, June 28, 2021 from 5-8pm at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. A private burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Saline, MI. Memorial donations may be made in Jean's honor to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
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Published by Ann Arbor News from Jun. 17 to Jun. 20, 2021.