Joann Kindle was never a quitter but she did concede the fight after a lengthy illness and passed away at Willapa Care Center in Raymond Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
She was born in Raymond to Anna and Ernest Johnson and lived in Raymond all of her life. She married Richard Kindle on November 21, 1952 and they raised four children. He died in 2010 after 58 years together.
They were a resourceful family, building their own home and raising, fishing and hunting for much of their food. “Jo” was especially adept at mushroom identification and gathering and was an excellent cook. She also had a great sense of humor! When not working, Jo enjoyed playing bunko or pinochle with friends.
As a young woman, Joann worked for her stepfather, Victor Rhodes, at Rhodes Paint and Wallpaper. (Word on the street was that she could match any automotive paint color from the tiniest chip.) She later worked as the office manager for James (MD) and Keiko (DDS) Edstam.
Joanne was an avid reader of mysteries and historical fiction, and loved to travel. She had a thirst for knowledge, which led to an accounting certificate from Grays Harbor College at age 63. She was three classes shy of an AA degree when she left school to help Dick prepare for his ordination as an Episcopalian deacon, and later as a priest at St. John’s Church in South Bend – a role he shared with Gretchen Gunderson. Also involved in the church, Jo was a member of the Women’s Guild and in charge of the Altar Guild.
Among Jo’s loves were cats, cooking, baseball and football. An avid Seahawks and Mariners fan, she often watched a game while baking, or with her beloved Siamese “Rambo” on her lap.
Among the highlights of Jo’s life was the marriage commitment ceremony she and Dick shared at St. John’s Church to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Survivors include her children: Ric, Mike, Sr. and Bob Kindle (Kitty Mady,) and Charlotte (Joe) Thorpe. Grandchildren are Chris and Rece Kindle, Mike Kindle, Jr. (Shandi,) Devon and Lone Wakeman, Stacey Jean Baker and Joseph Thorpe, Jr.
Special friends were Marg Olsen, Ray Iyall, Elaine Holmes Jarvi and Barbara Sain. Special thanks for their helpfulness during Joanne’s illness go to the Rev. Gretchen and Karl Gunderson, Stephanie Serrano, Donnie Blanton, Bernetta Boggs, and the kind and caring staff at Willapa Care Center.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday in the Episcopalian church located within the Lutheran church in South Bend. It’s at the north end of town, Adams and Water streets, near the high school. Commitment of ashes follows at Fern Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.