Joan Kittel

Obituary of Joan Thavenet Kittel

It is with great sadness that the family of Joan (Thavenet) Kittel, 84, of Slidell, Louisiana, formerly of Grand Island, Nebraska, died on August 19, 2019 at The Hospice House in Slidell, LA. Joan was born September 28, 1934, in Grand Island, Nebraska to Arthur Thavenet and Grace (Karle) Thavenet. Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur (Art) Thavenet and Grace (Karle)Thavenet of Grand Island, NE, and her son Kraig Kittel, of Picayune, MS.

Through the years of residing in Louisiana, Joan babysat for many children who to this day call her Grandma Kittel. She loved playing bonco for many years, loved cooking, and enjoyed baking. As her children grew up, she baked and decorated cakes for all of their events. She enjoyed trips to the casinos with her close friends to see shows and eat chicken wings.

Survivors include her brothers Daryll Thavenet of Grand Island, NE, and Earle Thavenet of Sacramento, CA; four of her five children, Kenny Kittel Jr. of Slidell, LA, Kevin Kittel of Beaverdam, VA, Kolette (KoKo) Kittel of Grand Island, NE, and Kern Kittel of Slidell, LA; eleven grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at Audubon Funeral Home at 61101 Highway 11 in Slidell, LA. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Services in Grand Island, NE will be on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home. Joan will be laid to rest near her parents at the Grand Island Cemetery.

Joan's wish was to always be taken back home to be with her parents in Nebraska. Those who so desire may make donations in lieu of flowers, to her family or in memory of Joan Kittel, to the Hospice House Foundation of the South P.O. Box 5806 Slidell, LA. 70459.  Memories and condolences may be expressed at

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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Audubon Funeral Home
61101 Hwy 11
Slidell, Louisiana, United States


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday, August 30, 2019
All Faiths Funeral Home
2929 South Locust
Grand Island, Nebraska, United States


Grand Island Cemetery
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