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Obituary for Joan Marilyn Froling

Joan Marilyn Froling died April 1, 2016. She was 65 years old. Joan was born on April 21, 1950 in Detroit to parents, Marilyn (nee Romer) and William Froling.

Joan graduated from Andover High School in 1968. She went on to attend St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame for 2 years.

Joan dedicated her life to assisting others with disabilities. In 1993 Governor Engler appointed Joan as the first member of Michigan’s Rehabilitation Advisory council. She served 2 terms, from 1993 to 1999. She was also the Training Director of Sterling Service Dogs where they help disabled children and adults achieve greater safety and independence through a partnership with a highly trained service dog.

She not only dedicated her time on a local level, but on a national level as well. She was an activist in editing the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate people with service dogs. She received the Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers Association of America for her work as a writer of the International News Letter “Partners Forum”. She was the Co-Founder and President of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners for 20 years and she was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities. She also made videos for the Federal Aviation Administration on how to help people in airports with service dogs.

Joan is survived by her beloved parents, William P. and Marilyn Froling and her dear siblings, William J. (Marla) Froling, Bradley (Chrissy) Froling and Carole Froling. Joan is preceded in death by her brother Daniel W. (Janet) Froling.

Private services are being held.

Memorials appreciated to Sterling Service Dogs, 3715 E. Fifteen Mile Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48310.


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