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Official Obituary of

Joan L. Burton

February 13, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Joan Burton Obituary

Joan L. Burton, 90, of Elkhart, IN., passed away Tuesday February 13, 2024 at Hubbard Hill Estates, Elkhart, IN. She was born July 21, 1933 in Marion, IN to Wayne and Lucille Stilwell.  She married G. Russell Burton on April 1, 1953 in Marion, IN.

Joan enjoyed traveling with her late husband George. She was always up for a good game of euchre or bowling and spending time at the lake with her family. She was always interested in talking about politics and money or watching the Indianapolis Colts. She loved to spend time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren. Joan loved to remark that her doctor once told her she needed a hobby. Always one to follow doctor’s orders, she took up one, shopping.

Joan is survived by her sons George (Gwendolyn) Burton, Jr. of Edwardsburg, MI and Matthew Burton of Albany, IN; grandchildren Christina (Jake) Morris, Jacob (Nicole) Burton, Amanda (Matt) Pinili, Joshua (Trista) Burton and Austin (Ariana) Burton; great-grandchildren Oscar, Maxwell, Franklin, Adeline, Laney, Ellie, Ethan, Justin, Audrey, James, Ella Nathaniel and Noah; her sister Rosemary Carey and her brother John (Mimi) Stilwell. Joan was preceded in death by her parents Wayne and Lucille Stilwell, husband George R. Burton, grandson Russell Burton, sister Louise Courtney and brothers-in-law Ralph Carey and Roger Courtney.

Memorial mass will be held at noon on Tuesday February 27, 2024 at St. Paul Catholic Parish, 1031 West Kem Road, Marion, IN 46952, where visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:45 am. Burial will follow at Grant Memorial Park where Joan will be laid to rest with her husband.

Memorial donations in memory of Joan may be made to Cancer Resources for Elkhart County, 23971 US 33, Elkhart, IN 46517 Online condolences may be made to the Burton family at Arrangements have been entrusted to Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46514 and Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, IN 46953 Online condolences may made to the Burton family at

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February 27, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:45 PM
St. Paul Catholic Parish
1031 West Kem Road
Marion, IN 46952

Mass of Christian Burial
February 27, 2024

12:00 PM
St. Paul Catholic Parish
1031 West Kem Road
Marion, IN 46952


Cancer Resources for Elkhart County
23971 US 33 East, Elkhart IN 46517


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