Joyce I. Larkin | November 8, 1926 – July 15, 2023

Age 96 of Wyandotte.

Beloved wife of the late Daniel Larkin.  Loving mother of Daniel Larkin, Susan Maday, Michael (Gail) Larkin, Patrick (Kathy) Larkin, Eileen (Mark) Flandorfer, Bernie (Sharon) Larkin, David (Lisa) Larkin and Julie (Rick) Schulte.  Dearest grandmother of Courtney (Vi), Kerri, Rob (Connie), Amy (James), Kristine (Ben), Amanda (Ryan), Noah (Ana), Vanessa (A.J.), Patrick, Michelle (Brian), Katie, Joe (Lauren), Mary T. (Pat), Betsy (Keith), Allison (Donnie), Matt (Andrea), Paul (Sarah), Natalie (Kyle), Molly (Nick), Meggie (Dave), David (Amber), Holly (Frankie), Amanda (Keith), Conor, Rory (Lina), Casey (Abi), Andrew, Cary, Hannah (Scott) and Sam.  Also survived by many great grandchildren and sister, Nancy Guthrie.  Preceded in death by parents, Leo and Leona Koch; and siblings, Betty Davis, Leo Koch and Dolores Yurmanovic.

Family Tribute

“Yesterday is gone.  Forget it.

Tomorrow is  promised to no one..

Today is a gift from God.

Make the most of it.”

Joyce Ilene Larkin,  Mother of 8, Grandmother to 25, Great Grandmother to 35, had the above quote on her refrigerator for years. She made the most of it.

Born in 1926, Joyce was raised in Detroit with her sisters Betty, Delores and Nancy, and her beloved brother Leo. She attended school at St. Bernards,  Annunciation, and All Saints.  A pivotal point in her life happened when her friend Nora, introduced her cousin, Daniel Larkin to her.

Meeting Danny Larkin, marrying, raising her family,  Joyce experienced laughter, sadness, joy, disappointment but most of all… love. It is love that created our family and carries this family forward each day.  Joyce is the wellspring from which we, her children, drew this grand sense of family.  And there is no doubt, this love of family is being replicated over and over in her children and grandchildren lives. What a gift! What a legacy!

The heart does have it’s own memory, Mom, and our hearts are full. Thanks for everything.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are greatly appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

  • Instate
  • Funeral Mass of the Resurrection
    10:00 am
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    135 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte, MI 48192
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