JoAnn Creekbaum

August 20, 1957December 28, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved, JoAnn. JoAnn Creekbaum, 61, of Dayton, Ohio passed peacefully after a long battle with chronic illness on December 28, 2018. JoAnn devoted her life to family and friends. She spent much of her life caring for her mother and working at Kendall Printing. She loved dogs, Elvis, Christmas and all things purple.

JoAnn is survived by her sister Donna Creekbaum, her brother Donald Creekbaum, her aunt Emma Hutchison, her cousin (in birth but sister in heart) Clarine Jones, her girls Felicia (Jess) Taylor and Kristina (Brenon) Moors, her grandchildren Jaydin Davis, Kaleb Owen, Maechala Davis, Kameron Owen, Ava Moors and N’Khil Mead, and many more cousins and friends that had long since become family. JoAnn is preceded in death by her mom Betty Carter, her dad Donnie Creekbaum, her granny and her uncle Tommy.

Services for JoAnn will be held at Tobias Funeral Home – Belmont Chapel 648 Watervliet Ave., on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 1 pm. Upon the completion of services, JoAnn will be laid to rest at Miami Valley Memorial Gardens next to her mom. There will be a short graveside honorarium and all who wish to join the family after for dinner in memory of JoAnn are welcome.

Special thanks to those who made JoAnn’s life memorable, to Clarine for her time and devotion in caring for JoAnn the last several years, and the staff at Grafton Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their help and care in JoAnn’s final days. Online condolences for the Creekbaum Family can be made at


  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019

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Sally Duffy

January 11, 2019

Although I did meet Joann a couple of times in person, she was mostly the friendly voice at the other end of a phone call. Always welcoming, always accommodating, always courteous. It has been my pleasure to have worked with her over the years. She will be greatly missed by many.
My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

jane mitakides

January 10, 2019

Although I never met her personally, I worked with JoAnn over several years as we produced invitations and newsletters for The Dance Group. She was always delightful, professional, and helpful. I feel I've lost a lovely associate, and I'm sure those that knew her even better, especially her family, are devastated.

My deepest sympathy to all.

Rev.Robert E wolf

January 9, 2019

joann was one of the nicest people , neighbors, friend to me you could ever know .
she always had nice things to say , she was concerned about people and was a true angle of a person
we always talked about her dog Bear her flowers and her job at kendel printing that she loved and enjoyed always talked about the people she worked with and how good they all were to her ……
for me she will be missed Great Lady...….

Carrie Kendall

January 9, 2019

JoAnn was family. Not blood, but just as deeply. I've known her my entire life. She was probably the kindest, most caring person I've ever known. She just had so much love to give and it made every day brighter. On the other side, her almost "Eeyore" way of going with the flow was surprisingly inspirational. I can't help but smile hearing her "oh well" in my head. Our long chats made my day, more times than I can count. I will forever cherish the time I had with her. To say she will be missed is a vast understatement.

I love you, JoAnn. Always and forever.

Lynn Ballard

December 31, 2018

I've had the pleasure of knowing JoAnn for many years through her association with Kendall Printing where she took care of a monthly publication for us. We became friends over our many years and would discuss local craft shows, gardening and health issues and I'd often see her there and we'd laugh and discuss our findings. Recently when she was in rehab, I sent her cards and received one back thanking me with a personal note inside. I'll treasure that note now, and JoAnn, my friend, I will truly miss you. Your absence will forever leave a void in the Kendall "family", of which you were such an important part. You have your wings now, soar high and someday we will all meet again.

Mike Kendall

December 30, 2018


JoAnn was considered as a member of the Kendall family, and was the heart of Kendall Printing. She enjoyed participating in many of our family holiday events over the years. She was hired by my dad shortly after she graduated high school in 1975. She continued to take on and master new technologies as the industry continued to evolve over and over again. JoAnn has been our primary customer contact person for many years. Many of them asked frequently about her health status since she has missed many workdays since March 2018. Many sent cards and gifts to her.
During many weeks between hospital stays, JoAnn worked diligently part-time training my son Shawn to use the programs that service customer needs and run our business.
The Kendall family will always miss JoAnn.
from... Mike Kendall