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Lifelong Ashtabula resident Joann David Styles passed away Sunday November 26, 2017, at the Cleveland Clinic.
She was born on July 11, 1935, in Ashtabula, the daughter of Thomas and Lucille (Fadel) David.
On September 30, 1961, she married Robert Styles, her very loving and devoted husband of 56 years. Together she and Bob had four daughters.
Joann graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1953. She received her degree in English & History from Kent State University.
Joann was St. John High School's first lay teacher; she taught Health and Physical Education and was also a basketball, volleyball and fencing coach. Her love for St. John grew over the years; she was always willing to help whenever something needed to be done. Most recently she participated in the "Run from the Nun" raising over $20,000 to establish the Robert and Joann Styles Scholarship. In 2010 she was recognized by the school when she was inducted into the Heralds Hall of Fame. Being a teacher herself, Joann believed in the importance of not only Catholic education, but the importance of higher education. She was very proud of the fact that all four of her daughters pursued advanced professional degrees.
Her dedication to her church was also very important. She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Peace Parish - St. Joseph Church. She ran the Monday Night Bingo for 30 years with her husband, was a member of the Women's Guild and the Altar and Rosary Society; at St. Joseph School she was on the PTA and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. She was also a Chairperson for the Ashtabula Co. Cedars of Lebanon.
After her children had grown and entered school, Joann went on to work 15 years for GNC and then for her nephew at DiSalvatore Chiropractic for 15 years.
She is survived by her loving family: her husband Robert; her daughters: Luci (Jeff) Styles Payne of Stow, Jennifer Styles of Charleston, WV, Mary (Julius) Petro of Ashtabula and Juli Oatman of Saybrook; her grandchildren: Emily and Hannah Petro, Ben and Jamie Oatman, Jimmy and Robbie Brown; her son-in-law Jim Oatman; her nephew Tom (Sandi) DiSalvatore and niece Mary Beth (Alan) Brailer.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister MaryAnn DiSalvatore and brother-in-law Albert DiSalvatore.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3312 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 pm in the St. John High School gymnasium, 7911 Depot Road, Ashtabula. The family will also receive guests from 10 am to 11 at St. Joseph Church before the start of the Mass on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Robert and Joann Styles Scholarship Fund. Envelopes will be available at the school and the church.
The CZUP FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Lake Avenue Ashtabula is handling the arrangement for the family.
Published on November 28, 2017
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