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JoAnn Spence Obituary


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“To the family of Mrs. JoAnn Spence. - Mrs. Spence was my kindergarten teacher at Rosewood Elementary in Kettering, Ohio. She was my first teacher....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Susan Ritter - Burbank, CA

“Mrs. Spence was my Kindergarten teacher at Rosewood. I had her in 65-66, which was her first year teaching. So she was my first teacher and I was...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Mimi McGrath - Louisville, KY

“To the Family of Ms. Spence-JoAnn, I met you the summer we moved in here, you where at Jackie's drinking her iced tea! I was very lucky that my...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Kathryn Hinch - Kettering, OH, OH

“Dear Mom, I had you for over 35 years, and I knew from the start of my life with your beautiful daughter, my wife Patti, that I was the luckiest man...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Frank R Bledsoe - Huber Heights, OH

“I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of JoAnn at Rosewood and Indian Riffle. She was a dedicated teacher and affected the lives...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Arleen Porter - Springboro, OH

“I was so saddened to read of JoAnn's passing. She is a very special part of my memories of teaching at Rosewood and Indian Riffle. She was special...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Raymonde Rougier - Dayton, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. JoAnn was a wonderful person, colleague and friend. Raylene ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Raylene M. Willett - Kettering, OH

“I loved being apart of JoAnn's Rosewood and Indian Riffle families. She had the unique ability to make everyone feel special and valued. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ann Tennery - Sanibel, FL

“I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Sarah Easterling - Huber Heights, OH


SPENCE, JoAnn, 81, of Kettering, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Kettering Medical Center. JoAnn was able to enjoy her last Christmas with her family before becoming gravely ill late Christmas day. She was born March 25, 1929 to Joseph Roy Strubinger and Antonia Fishbacha in Danville, IL. JoAnn was a member of Central Christian Church and League of Woman Voters. An Honor Graduate of the University of Illinois with graduate work at U.D., JoAnn began her teaching career for the Kettering City School system in the fall of 1965. This began her lifetime work where she touched and inspired so many of Kettering’s young students of today. Never a moment went by that JoAnn was not striving to help a child succeed. JoAnn retired from teaching in June of 1992 having given 27 years of distinguished service to the school system. She then enjoyed 18 golden years in blissful retirement with family, friends, traveling and always giving of herself to others in times of need. Along with her parents, JoAnn is proceded in death by a husband Joe Spence; 3 grandchildren Francis, Randy and Miranda Bledsoe; and sister Jean Strubinger. She is survived by Patti (Frank R.) Bledsoe; Michael (Paula) Spence; 5 grandchildren Amanda and Chelsea Bledsoe, and Madeline and Luke Spence and David; brother Roy (Wanda) Strubinger. Visitation will be held Friday, December 31, 2010 from 10:00-11:00AM with a Memorial Service beginning at 11:00AM at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering. Rev. David Turner will be officiating. In honor of JoAnn, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton OH 45420. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.routsong.com.

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