Joann Catherine Peppel

COLUMBIANA – Joann Catherine Peppel, 77, died at 11:17 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Parkside Health Care Center.

Mrs. Peppel was born July 9, 1936 in Turtle Creek, PA, a daughter of the late of Joseph F. Little and Rita McGuiggan Little Aiello and had lived in this area all of her life.

Joann was a homemaker and a member of Zion Hill Church of the Brethren.

She had also worked at Hansell’s Dress Shop in Columbiana for several years. Joann loved reading and encouraged others to read. She sent books to underprivileged children in both foreign countries and here in the states as well as her own family. She will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege of knowing her.

Her husband, Donald R. Peppel, whom she married on April 20, 1953, preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 2012.

She is survived by three daughters, Debra (Lars) Skotte of Cowan, TN, Donna (Mark) Nash of Macon, GA and Deanne “DJ” (Ron) Gesaman of Huntsville, AL; a son, David “Pete” Peppel of Columbiana; and several half siblings. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Wayne Peppel; a sister, Joyce Felger; her stepmother, Ruth Slagle Little and two half-brothers, Joseph Craig Little and James Donald Little.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana with the Rev. Jason Harsh officiating. Burial will follow in Columbiana Cemetery. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana.

Material tributes in Joann’s memory may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St, Boardman, OH 44512.

The family would like to express their gratitude and thank the caregivers at both Hospice of the Valley and Parkside Health Care Center for their kindness and compassion.

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