Joan C. Mihelich, 87, a beloved mother, grandmother and an amazing woman, passed away July 23, 2014. Survived by sons, David (Cheryl) and William 'Bill' (Cindy) Mihelich of Pueblo; grandchildren, Shane (Jackie), Dawn (Brad) Boyer and Tony (Melissa) all of Pueblo, Elizabeth of California, Billy (Kimberly) of Denver and Ashley of New York; great-grandchildren, Joe, Rebecca, David, Bradley, Ryan, Oliver and Melia; sister-in-law, Velda Carara; long time companion, Al Papish; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and friends of China Painting. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, William A. Mihelich; and brother, Donald Carara. Joan was born to Marguerite and Joseph Carara on December 11, 1926, in Pueblo. She graduated in 1944, from Centennial High School and retired from District 70. Joan was a member and former President of Ladies Auxiliary of Eagles FOE 145 and was a charter member of Elkettes. She enjoyed oil painting, china painting, square dancing, traveling with Sam's Club and Ports of Call and arrow head hunting. Viewing, from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and memorial service, 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, both in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice or St. Mary Church through the funeral home. Online condolences,

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  1. The word amazing doesn’t begin to deceive Joan. We are blessed to remember her talents and love

  2. I was very sorry to hear this news. Joan was one of my favorite people at County High when I was a first year teacher. Then, she and my mother, Carol Spencer, china painted together. She was one of her favorite friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  4. I am sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. My Dad and Al worked together at the steel mill for many years and were good buddies. I would like to extend my sympathy to Al as well. Your mom was a sweet lady and I know she will be missed. My prayers go out for all of you. Carol Janezich Llewellyn

  5. Joan worked with me at Dist 70 What an amazing lady. To Joan’s family what a blessing she was, but more important what a blessing she will continue to be as we think about how she made us look at life, friends and family. To the Mihelichs who continue to touch my life thank you for letting me get to know Joan better and come to love her. Sharon and I will continue to pray for each of you..

  6. Grandma was like my second Mom while I was growing up. We went hiking, camping, fishing and arrowhead hunting. She taught me how to bake my Christmas treats that I continue to make for my family and friends. Grandma will be missed by everyone that knew her. I will miss you Grandma! Love you!

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