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Joan deAlbuquerque

February 1, 1967 September 6, 2021
Joan deAlbuquerque
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Obituary for Joan deAlbuquerque

Dr. Joan deAlbuquerque, age 54, of Decorah, Iowa, formerly of Mt. Clemens, Michigan passed away on September 6, 2021.

Beloved daughter of Angela DeAlbuquerque and the late Anthony DeAlbuquerque; loving sister of Mary DeAlbuquerque (Chester), Frank DeAlbuquerque, Charles DeAlbuquerque (Shelly), and Edward DeAlbuquerque; dear Aunt of Elizabeth Paulson and Rachel Paulson; and dear life-long friend of Karen Plouffe (Kaminski). She was surrounded by love from her Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, friends and neighbors.

Joan attended Clintondale schools, graduated from Macomb Community College, and received her Bachelor of Music education degree from Michigan State University. She earned a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University, where she studied with John Whitwell. She earned her Doctorate in Wind Conducting at the University of North Texas while studying under Eugene Migliaro Corporon, and graduated with an impressive 4.0 GPA.

Joan was a great and caring musician and conductor, loved by all for her passion for music. She was a teacher, band director, adjudicator, conductor, professor, pianist, singer, flutist, and published author in music textbooks.

Joan was Band Director at Pinckney High School in Michigan and Adams State University in Colorado. She was Associate Director of Bands at California State University, Long Beach. She was Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa for 9 years.

Joan's bands performed internationally, including Norway, Spain, Iceland and notable locations throughout the U.S. including Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Joan also was a clinician in Israel, sharing her love of teaching music. An avid MSU Spartan football fan, Joan enjoyed watching the games, cheering on her team with her siblings and nieces through texts and phone calls.

Joan's Catholic faith was an essential part of her life.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, MI 48381 on Friday, September 17th, 2021 from 3 - 8PM, with Rosary at 4:15 PM.

Funeral Mass at St Mary Our Lady of the Snows, 1955 E. Commerce Milford, MI 48381 on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 11 AM with visitation and gathering beginning at 10:30 AM. The Rev. Fr. George Kooran to officiate.

Burial and graveside service will be held at Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Rd, Clinton Township, MI 48038 following mass at 2 PM.

In addition, a Memorial Mass will be held at St Benedicts Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa in October. Details will be published in the Decorah newspaper.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her memory to: St. Bonaventure Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mt Elliott St, Detroit, MI 48207; Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or Right to Life of Michigan, PO Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 or for a Mass offered in her name.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

17

Sep

3:00 PM 9/17/2021 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/17/2021 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Rosary 4:15 PM

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

18

Sep

11:00 AM 9/18/2021 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

Gathering from 10:30 AM until the time of service

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

Graveside

Saturday

18

Sep

2:00 PM 9/18/2021 2:00:00 PM - 2:30 PM 9/18/2021 2:30:00 PM
Resurrection Cemetery

18201 Clinton River Rd.
Clinton Twp., MI 48038

Resurrection Cemetery
18201 Clinton River Rd. Clinton Twp. 48038 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Bonaventure Monastery

Wounded Warrior Project

P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS 6667

Right to Life of Michigan

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