Joan Harley-Horvath

November 2, 1932July 13, 2021

Dr. Joan Harley-Horvath, Esq. (née Klosinski) lived an amazing life until Tuesday 13 July 2021. She was married to her husband Frank Horvath (deceased) and is survived by her son Mark Harley, niece Debra Bonner and family, nephew James Kenyon and family, and godson Aaron Ressler and family.

As a young law student at Case Western Reserve University, she took three buses to school each day, graduating in 1957. She worked for almost seventeen years with Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Company as a senior legal editor. She later became a professor in the Communication Department of her alma mater, Case Western, also earning her Ph.D. She was voted one of the most influential graduates of that Department. She later became a Division Manager for Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) Steel Corporation, where she was the first woman executive that served the steel industry in the mill itself. She then became the Employee Development Director of Progressive Insurance. After that, she started her own management consulting company, Productivity Development, Inc. Joan traveled the world for work and was recognized as a leader in her field. The most memorable of her many awards was the Arkansas Traveler given to her by then Governor Bill Clinton and present to her by Hillary Clinton in 1984. As an Arkansas Traveler she was authorized and commissioned to serve as an ambassador of good will from Arkansas to people of other states and the nations beyond. An avid writer, she also wrote a monthly business column for the New Cleveland Woman Journal called Strictly Business.

In her sixteen years of retirement, she sewed over a thousand (1,068, to be exact) crib quilts for the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit of Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. A lifelong teacher, she continued to instruct courses in her retirement, leading classes at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Baldwin Wallace University. She later became the program Vice President, and ultimately, the program President. Additionally, she and her late husband, Frank, led a cooking class for senior citizens in the Rocky River Senior Citizens Center, Cooking for Fumbling Fingers. Cooking with friends is one of her happiest memories, and her cooking (and sharp wit) will be missed greatly by her loved ones.

There will be a private memorial service at Holy Cross Cemetery invite-only for family and friends on 17 July 2021. Notes for her son Mark and other surviving relations should be forwarded to Corrigan´s Funeral Home 20820 Lorain Rd, Fairview Park, OH 44126.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Joan requested you perform a random act of kindness for another person.


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July 27, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Joan's passing. She was a wonderful woman, full of great stories. My great Aunt Alice Turner and I went to visit her on a few occasions at her house. She welcomed me and made us very comfortable. As a fellow quilter, I am amazed at the dedication she had to complete all those baby quilts. She will be missed for sure.