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Joan Kistner

January 15, 1936 — July 10, 2013

Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)
July 13, 2013
Joan Marie Clevenger Kistner 1936-2013

Neal Funeral Home
The Independent

PRINCESS - We, the family of Joan Marie Clevenger Kistner, want to let all who knew and loved her, that her journey to be with her precious mommy and daddy is complete.

Mom was born on Jan. 15, 1936, to the late Irene Click Clevenger and Hugh Clevenger Sr.

She grew up in Princess, and at the ripe old age of 17, enlisted in the Navy as a Wave, assisting in the supply chain for our troops. During her enlistment, she was a member of the Navy's Florida All-State Softball team, playing in the positions of pitcher and center fielder. After being discharged, she came home and married the late Dave Kistner Jr. She devoted all of her energy and love to her two sons, Dave Kistner III and Gary Wayne Kistner, both of Ashland.

One of her greatest joys was her tenure of 32 years as the cafeteria manager of the Cannonsburg Elementary School. She labored tirelessly to feed the 400 precious children every day and then on the weekends she would cook for barely a handful of us, but still cooked for 400, there was always plenty to eat. She loved bowling, playing slots with her mommy, and putting her signature red lipstick on her granddaughters.

Her journey home is complete, but those of us left, the grandchildren, Dave Joshua Kistner IV (Nikki) and Amber Marie Kistner Criswell (Troy); the great-grandchildren, Graci, Caden, Dylan, Shae and Breanna; her brothers, Doug Clevenger, Mike Clevenger, the late Hughie Clevenger; sister, the late Beulah Clevenger Ellison; Scott Norris; and mom's extended family and circle of friends, will never be without her. She lives on within our hearts, within our souls forever. We love you mom.

The funeral service for Ms. Kistner will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, at Neal Funeral Home on Center Street in Catlettsburg. Brother Steve Owen will officiate. Final rest in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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