Joan E. (Parkes) Kraft
January 19, 1935 - May 23, 2021
Joan E. (Parkes) Kraft, age 86, of Newark, DE, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Born in Minneapolis, MN, on January 19, 1935, she was a daughter of the late John A. and Olga (Tarasar) Parkes. Prior to retiring, Joan worked as a respiratory therapist, primarily in the emergency unit, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington. She was an active member of the Newark Senior Center who enjoyed playing Mahjong, Poker, and other card games. Joan loved big batch cooking and was well known for her homemade chili, cabbage rolls, stews, turkey soup and numerous casseroles containing tuna or chicken. She also took pleasure in fishing. More than anything, Joan cherished her loving family.
In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Ann Garland and Margaret Louise Chamberlain and her former husband John C. Kraft. She is survived by her children, Christine L. Kraft of Newark and John, husband of Alison (Andrews) Kraft of Auburn, PA; grandchildren, Karen, wife of Robert Richard, Michael Kraft, Nicole Kraft, and Juan, husband of Eleni (Hindle) Bustos-Diaz. Joan is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Robert Ridgley, Elise Richard, Joseph Richard, Harrison Kraft, Dean Kraft, Katarina Kraft, and Kye Queen.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC and Governor of Delaware.