Josephine Zaran Steuer


Josephine Zaran Steuer, also lovingly known as Mom, Gramma Farm, Aunt Jo, Gramma Jo, Jo Jo or Josie, peacefully passed on to her next world the morning of April 10, 2010.

Her spirit of optimism, kindness and willingness to accept whatever challenges arose will live on forever in the thoughts and actions of those whom she influenced. Her life was full and her eternal smile reflective of the joys she experienced.

Born May 27, 1914, she was blessed with five children, Bill (child with husband Houston Stone), Bud (child with husband Earl Hudson), Carl, Shirley and Marcy (children of husband Norval Steuer).

Her three husbands and three of her children, Bill, Carl and Marcy, and one grandchild, Jimmy, preceded her in death.

She was also blessed with a special daughter-in-law, Sara (Budís wife), 17 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. She had special opportunities to interact with grandchildren Peter (Andree) and David (Katy) Hudson, Heidi (Stephen) Hudson-Mairet, Karen Kapler and Julie (Kapler) Barnes; and great-grandchildren, Bella, Addie, Elise and Ava Hudson, Emma and Gracie Hudson-Mairet, and Drew Barnes; sister-inlaw, Nobi Zaran; and many nieces and nephews, especially Walt and Fred Steuer and Pat Bryan and Sharie Wood.

Her life journey was primarily in Michigan from Detroit (26 years) to Royal Oak (three years) to Clawson (21 years) to "the farm" in Big Rapids (38 years), spending many winters in Branson, Mo., and to her final chapter in Hartford/Jackson (eight years).

She loved cooking, handicrafts, music and social interactions with a wide array of friends and adopted families, especially Emma and John Bush, Kate and Phil Coon, Sandy and Jim Jones, and Doris Klein, who have all been so important to her.

May memorials in her honor be your acts of kindness to family, friends and strangers and also be for each of you to enjoy life to the fullest each moment as she did.

"Celebration of life" gatherings will be held this June in Hartford and in July in Big Rapids, Mich., at her former farmhouse.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. www.shimonfuneralhome.com.

Special thanks and appreciation to all of the staff at The Landmark at Jackson Crossing, Care Wisconsin and Seasons Hospice who made her life so comfortable and enjoyable.