Joan E. Kittle

Joan E. Kittle, 83, of Ravenna passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at Akron City Hospital ICU. She was born March 31, 1930 in Elkins, WV to the late Fred and Vera (Denton) Vanscoy.

Joan graduated from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. Joan was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ravenna, the Ravenna Elks and Eastern Star. She had worked as a secretary for City Loan in Ravenna. She was a former school teacher at Crestwood High School in Mantua, Ohio and a substitute teacher for the Ravenna High School. She loved traveling the 50 United States, golfing, playing cards spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years Norman, daughter Jennifer (Monty) Grafton of Streetsboro, grandchildren Monty G. Grafton and Jenica L. (Matt) Pickney, great granddaughter Evelynn Grace Pickney and brother Richard (Carol) Vanscoy of FL. She also leaves behind many nephews and nieces. She will be deeply missed and forever loved by those who were blessed by her presence in their lives. She loved her family and grandchildren and great-granddaughter very much. Calling hours will be from 6 - 9 PM Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel where services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, February 13, 2014 with Reverend Stephen Sparling officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences and memories may be shared at http://www.sscfuneralhomes.com/.

(Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home (330) 296-6858 R-C 2-10-14 & 2-11-14)

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  • Surely Joan is a shining star in Heaven as she was on Earth.  I will miss her glistening silver hair and smile and especially miss sending shorthand notes in her cards.   A mother's love is a very special love and her dna will live forever in Jennifer, MG, Jenica and her beautiful new great-granddaughter.  Tommie, there are no words to take away the sadness when you lose someone you love.  May God's loving arms surround you and your family and give you strength and comfort during this most difficult time.

  • Sending prayers and hugs for the family.  Forever in your heart means you're never far apart.