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Joani Michelle Kracker, age 52 of Fountain Hills, AZ, formerly of Burton, OH, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Arizona. She was born on September 11, 1966 in Claridon Township. Joan was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Munson and attended Kent State and Arizona State University. She worked in sales for Ford Motor Co. Joan loved horses since she was a little girl, and then she managed a small ranch in Arizona. She was an avid equestrian, being active in 4-H clubs and 4-H horse shows, riding quarter horses, participating in both English and Western events, as well as jumping-over-fences. She and her thoroughbred, Bently, participated in several Arizona horse shows. As an athlete, Joan participated in seven full triathlons in Arizona and California placing among the top three in her age group.
Joan will be missed dearly by her family and friends, her loving mother Jayne (nee Paryzek) Kracker of Burton; two brothers, Thomas M. (Sheila) Kracker of Boston, MA, and Gary Kracker of Newbury; her uncle Craig Shanower of Burton; three aunts, Judy Chilkowski of Parkman, Knettie (Philip) Archard of Burton, Carole (Joe) Glade of NM; friend Douglas Eck of AZ, and several cousins. She is preceded in death by grandparents Jim and Helen Paryzek and aunt Helen Lockhart Shanower.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church, 12060 Kinsman Rd., Newbury, OH 44065. Sly Family Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.