Joe Ann Rutherford, aged 81, passed away on August 9, 2023, in Cleveland, Ohio, surrounded by her loved ones. Born on August 23, 1941, in West Virginia to her parents Harry Judy and Anna Delaney, Joe Ann's life was marked by love, devotion, and cherished moments. She was the beloved wife of the late James E. Rutherford Sr., and the caring mother of James Rutherford Jr. (April, Dec.) and Michelle Kittinger (Vincent Sr., Dec.).
Joe Ann's legacy lives on through the lives of her grandchildren: David Rutherford, Vincent Kittinger Jr. (April), and Rebecca Fagan (Joseph). She was also a proud great-grandmother to Makenzie Kittinger and Derek Fagan, a testament to her enduring love and the bonds she nurtured across generations.
A woman of simple pleasures, Joe Ann found joy in the nuances of life. Her passion for baseball and college football illuminated her spirited nature, creating opportunities for shared excitement and camaraderie. Beyond her sports enthusiasm, Joe Ann's caring heart was evident to all who knew her. Her unwavering dedication to her family and friends was a testament to her love's boundless depth.
Joe Ann's tireless work ethic and culinary talents became her hallmark. Her kitchen was a place of comfort and delight, where her creations brought smiles to the faces of those fortunate enough to savor her dishes. The aroma of her cooking was a constant reminder of the love and care she poured into every aspect of her life.
Private family services were cared for by Slone & Co. Funeral Directors.