Joan Elizabeth Neinas was born in 1945 in Detroit, MI. She married John Herlitz in 1969 and had two boys. She was a proud Mother, Grandmother, and "domestic executive" who is remembered for her positive energy and generous spirit. Joan was an avid tennis player and the proud owner of "Tweety", her bright yellow Plymouth Prowler.
Joan Herlitz suffered from Lupus, an autoimmune disease, and actively worked to raise funds to help find a cure in her lifetime. The Joan and John Herlitz Endowed Research Fund was founded to support the efforts of the University of Michigan Lupus Program.
Below: two pencil sketches of Joan drawn by John Herlitz