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JoAnne Kroft

JoAnne Kroft

Saturday, August 15th, 1942 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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Joanne K. Kroft, 78

Joanne K. (Slabaugh) Kroft, 78, of Savannah passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at home surrounded by family.

She was born August 15, 1942 to the late Willard and Marjorie Slabaugh in Nappanee, IN. She married the love of her life, Robert J Kroft on June 20, 1964.

Joanne graduated from Nappanee High School class of 1960. She went on to study at Ashland College where she graduated with a teaching degree. She was employed at Crestview Local Schools where she taught mainly 5th and 6th grade along side her husband, Robert Kroft.

Joanne’s grandchildren were the love of her life. She always had a story and pictures to share to anyone who would listen. She loved to play piano and sing. She played piano for services at Garber Brethren Church and was in different choirs including the church chior and Mansfield Symphony Chorus. She loved to play cards with many different groups of friends often.

With her love of math and numbers, Joanne held the position of Treasure for organizations like DKG sorority, Ashland County Retired Teachers, the Women’s Missionary Society of the Brethren Church and for Garber Brethren Church. She also volunteered at the Samaritan Hospital for 16 yrs. 8 mos. With a total of 3,824 hours.

Joanne is survived by her sister Rita Moore of IN, her daughter Kelly (Brian) Woods of Ashland, son Kyle (Tracey) Kroft of Marysville, and grandchildren Joshua and Kyler Woods and Olivia and Kierstyn Kroft and her vast collection of ducks!

She is proceeded in death by not only her parents but also her husband, Robert J Kroft whom passed away in 2001, a son Kevin A Kroft whom passed away in 2016, two brothers Wayne and Max Slabaugh and a sister Mary Crowe.

A public interment service will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ashland County Memorial Park with Reverend Drew Meziere officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home, 313 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805 to help with final expenses.

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  • Interment Services

    Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, October 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    1058 State Route 250
    Ashland, OH 44805
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    Reverend Drew Meziere
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    Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday, October 19th, 2020 12:00pm
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    1058 US 250 North
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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Posted at 08:47am
Jo was like a sister to me. We had been through just about everything together and knew we could always count on each others support and love. Jo was a blessing to all who knew her. I send my love to her family.
Jeanne Kafer

Cindy Thomas

Posted at 12:38pm
I got to know JoAnne during my volunteer time with the Hospital. She was a very special lady. I enjoyed her stories about life. Always positive and upbuilding. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends.

Colleen Haynes

Posted at 09:21am
Kyle and Kelly,
I am sorry for the loss of your mom. When God chose parents for you.....he picked the best! But, not only were they the best parents, they were also the best friends and teachers. My time at Savannah teaching with your mom on one side and your dad on the other was so special! They contributed so much to their many students over the years and to the educators lucky enough to learn from them. Treasure the lovely memories and find comfort knowing your parents are together again.
Colleen Haynes

Judy Coy

Posted at 08:02am
Your mother's, smiling face and her compassion, her love of Christ and service to others will be missed greatly by the community. I have many memories through the years as we taught together at both the Savannah and Crestview buildings. Those memories have extended into our retirement years at our luncheons and visiting with her as she volunteered at the Samaritan Gift Shop. Because of a doctor's appointment I will not be able to share my condolences in person so want to leave them here - just as sincere as if I were there with you at her service. You are in my prayers as you face this loss. Judy Coy

Marla Willeke

Posted at 02:47pm
Jo was a sweet friend! She was very caring and full of empathy! We could laugh and cry together within the same conversation . Jo had a wonderful sense of humor. Deepest sympathy goes to her family! Sincerely, Marla and Steve Willeke

Paula Strickland Posted at 10:49pm

Kelly and Kyle, Your mom (and dad) we so welcoming and friendly to all she knew. I was so blessed to know Jo from the very moment i was welcomed into your home the week i stayed with Kelly the summer we crusaded. Then attending church together and helping her with WMS activities while i was at Tbe BCNO. Im sorry to hear of Jo's passing and pray you feel the comfort of the thise who love and are supporting your families in the days and weeks to come.. love you both!!

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