She was born Nov. 3, 1929, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Fredrick Joseph and Caroline Marie Reiter Karleskint. She married Frank Dwight Greenfield on Jan. 13, 1951, at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 2009.
To this union, five children were born.
After marrying her husband, they traveled and lived in many places in the United States due to her husband's career. They had lived in Wichita, Kan., Grand Forks, N.D., Rapid City, S.D., and Mount Vernon, Wash., before returning to Fort Scott.
She worked for Mercy Hospital and Newman Young Clinic before retiring due to health reasons. Joan was presented with many challenges by moving frequently while raising five children, but she always remained very dedicated to each. She tried to make each transition as comforting as humanly possible, the way only a mom could do.
Her husband and her children always came first in life, and that love was ever present until her passing day. Devotion was her strongest suit, one for which she will be loved and remembered.
Her kindness extended much further than her family. Her heart, home and kitchen were always open to everyone, including those in need. With these great attributes, she was befriended by many people who cared greatly about her. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.
As she grew older, Joan opened a new chapter in her life with the gift of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They became an abundant supply of love in her life. She would sit and watch them play, read stories and cook her famous "chicken and noodles." She "dearly" spoiled them. She held us in her arms when little and in her heart until the end.
Survivors include five children, Joel Greenfield, Stanwood, Wash., Kathleen North and husband Alex, Lynden, Wash., Valerie Graham and husband Thomas, Fort Scott, Mary Hymer and husband Lee, Ottawa, Kan., and Donna Craven and husband David, Eudora, Kan.; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are her seven sisters, Rita Godwin, Ester DeLane, Marjorie Cook, Rosalie Martin, Alice Murray, Carol Karleskint and Patricia Hobbs, as well as one brother, Tom Karleskint.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Payne-Young and Ruth Umlauf and two brothers, James and Bill Karleskint.
William James Schafer will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Catholic School and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.