OBITUARY

Ann Frances Kittler

March 4, 1934May 15, 2019
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A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Ann Frances Kittler, 85, at Christ the King Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., officiated by Msgr. Earl V. Provenza. Inurnment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive guests on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, with a Vigil to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Mrs. Kittler was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and was a counselor for A.A. She had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and loved sports, especially the N.Y. Yankees and Louisiana Tech, playing golf, puzzles, reading, and anything Snoopy.

Ann was preceded in death by her father, Richard Jones; mother, Madeline Green Jones; and her sister, Dorothy Shields. She is survived by her son, James Kittler; daughter, Julia Kittler; grandchildren, Stephanie C. Johnston, Chad M. Johnston, Kaitlin M. Wood, and Mariah L. Burns; and several great-grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Gatti, Chad Johnston, Chris Font, and Gil Wisby.

Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society of Christ the King Catholic Church or Mary’s House Pregnancy Care Center, Shreveport.

Ann was very proud of her Irish heritage, the family thought it would be a nice tribute that, instead of black on Tuesday, try to find a wee bit of green to wear that day!

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Ann’s dear friend, Judy Canales, whose love and devotion comforted her from this life to her new. May God bless you, Judy.

You may offer condolences to the family and sign the online guest book by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Richard A. Jones and Madeline Green Jones, Parents (deceased)
  • Dorothy Shields, Sister (deceased)
  • James Kittler, Son
  • Julia Kittler, Daughter
  • Stephanie C. Johnston, Granddaughter
  • Chad M. Johnston, Grandson
  • Kaitlin M. Wood, Granddaughter
  • Mariah L. Burns, Granddaughter
  • Ann is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Jillian M. Cochran, Caden M. Johnston, Ayden P. Wood, and Evelyn G. Wood.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Robert Gatti, Honorary
  • Chad Johnston, Honorary
  • Chris Font, Honorary
  • Gil Wisby, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Vincent DePaul Society
  • Mary's House Pregnancy Care Center

Services

  • Vigil Service and Rosary Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Memorial Visitation Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Memories

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Erin (Smith) Presley

May 31, 2019

Mrs. Kittler was my teacher when I attended Christ the King. She was tough as nails and saw my potential even when I didnt. She was the BEST teacher. Even went back and visited her during highschool. She will always be appreciated, admired and very loved by me.
So very sorry for your loss. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Erin (Smith) Presley

Jeremy Hicks

May 31, 2019

Ms Kittler was a kind person she never let you failed and she always pushed you to do your best...most definitely one of the best teachers I’ve had.

Ashley Stuteville

May 31, 2019

I loved being her student at Haughton. She was an amazing woman who will be dearly missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family in their time of grief.

"Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Jacque Solomon

May 23, 2019

Mrs. Kittler was my teacher at Christ the King and we had reconnected a few years ago when we served as Eucharistic ministers. She was an awesome teacher and a wonderful person. I had just seen her at Mass at St. John's on March 4. We talked about how she and my Mother shared the same birthday. She was a great lady and she will be missed! Prayers and thoughts for her family and loved ones.

Deanna Ferlito Huffmeister

May 22, 2019

You always remember those special teachers who made you better. Ms. Kittler was a no nonsense, yet hysterical teacher. She was that teacher who pushed you and supported you the whole way. I will treasure my memories of her in 7th and 8th grade! Sending much love to her family.

Gini Lu Howell

May 20, 2019

Mrs. Kittler was an amazing influence on me as my middle school teacher at Christ the King. I appreciate all I learned from her. Many blessings to her family.

Bernice Stewart

May 20, 2019

Sorry about your lost. I will always love and remember Ann. Love to the family.

Stephanie Whitten Alexander

May 19, 2019

Mrs. Kittler touched so many lives, especially as their teacher at Christ the King School. She was not only a teacher, but a mentor, an advisor, and a reminder of their moral compass. She genuinely cared. She asked about our boys frequently when I saw her at Church and even then would say “tell them Mrs. Kittler said...” offering words of encouragement or praise or just what they needed to hear!!
We mourn her here on earth but Heaven gained an angel!

Nick DeLouche

May 19, 2019

Ann was a Sweetheart.

Katie Hanisee

May 18, 2019

Ms. Kittler taught me how to be a strong, confident young woman. I will never forget her or the lessons she taught me. She will live on in the hundreds of students she has taught.

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Biography

We are here today to remember the life of Ann Frances Kittler and to celebrate what she meant to each of us. For those of you whom I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting, I am Dr. Renese Garcie. Ann and I met when her son, Jim, and I first began dating. I later had the honor of being her daughter-in-law for over a decade, most recently appreciated the privilege of being her chiropractic physician and, because of her limitless capacity for unconditional love, have always experienced the joy of being her friend. On behalf of the family, I’d like to thank each of you for coming here today to mourn the loss of this wonderfully unforgettable lady and to reflect upon her life of faith and service.

Ann was born on March 4th, 1934 in New York City to the parents of Richard Aloysius and Madeline Green Jones and was the older sister to Dorothy, who preceded her in death. The family later moved to Philadelphia for a short time and then to Hyattsville, Maryland near our nation’s capital. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Trinity College of Washington, D.C. and her Master’s at Eastern Michigan University. Ann Jones became Ann Kittler in 1956 and joined the ranks of the wives of the commissioned officers of the U.S. Air Force. Shortly after she was married, she embarked on the Queen Mary to spend time at what would become one of the many duty stations to which their family would be assigned. It was then, a short time later in 1958, when she gave birth to their first child, James, while living in the provincial town of Dreaux, France just outside of Versailles.

In our early days of getting to know one another, Ann shared with me her experience of bringing her first child into the world…telling me how, unlike the majority of women, she was actually pregnant for TEN months! Many time over the years since then, we would laugh about how that explained Jim’s tendency to be late for just about anything that had an estimated time of arrival…with the understandable exception of a tee time or kick off, for which he was NEVER late!!

In the spring of 2009, I had the opportunity to travel to Dreaux and returned with photos of what had been their home, as well as other places, which she vividly remembered. It was such a thrill to watch her face light up when she recognized places such as the bakery, butcher’s shop and church that were still there had changed very little, if any at all, over the years.

The Kittlers returned to the U.S. in the early 60’s. In 1963, Jim became a big brother when they welcomed baby Julia into the family. There were several years later when, like so many other women who were married to those patriots serving our country overseas, Ann bravely rose to the challenge of solitary parenting, as well as being a mentor to other crew and squadron wives during those extended periods of absence. Although she never attempted to be both mother AND father to Jim and Julie, there was at least one incident in which Jim perceived her to be, even if it was Father with a capital “F”….. please indulge me while I explain:

As a loyal servant of her beloved Catholic faith, Ann took very seriously her role as a mother raising her children in that faith. During their preparation of Jim’s First Holy Communion, she would earnestly assist Jim by reviewing each catechism and then practicing with him to memorize and recite the appropriate prayers and responses. After months of dedicated study, in those words with which there finally came the time for Jim’s First Confession. Six year old Jim solemnly entered the confessional, kneeled before the priest and most sincerely implored Catholics everywhere are so intimately familiar…”Bless me, MOTHER, for I have sinned.”!!

Ann continued her labor of love in service to the church by choosing the vocation of parochial education. She spent the majority of the next few decades as a grade school English teacher right here at Christ the King. I’ve met countless men and women my age and younger whom she taught, and every one of them expressed what an extraordinary influence she had on both their professional and personal success.

Somewhat towards the end of her career, one of those students was her grandson, Chad, and her impact on him was MOST memorable even though the subject was men’s fashion, not English and the lesson took place in the hallway, not the classroom. You see, as a private school, the students at Christ the King were required to wear uniforms. And, as anyone who’s ever worn a uniform knows, there’s a particular WAY in which that uniform should be worn! Well…this just happened to be during a time when some preteen young men liked to express their personal style in youthful rebellion by wearing their pants several inches BELOW their waist. “Grandma” had chided Chad on more than one occasion concerning this fashion “faux pas”, admonishing him that the next time SHE saw him like that, she would make SURE that he got the message. A short time later, she seized that opportunity when she witnessed him “busting a sag” while walking down the hallway in front of her with some of his friends. She stepped right up behind him, grasped him firmly by the belt and pulled swiftly downward while announcing, “If you’re going to wear your pants falling, they might as well be ALL the way down!” Grandma – 1: Chad -0; lesson LEARNED!!

Faithfulness and service through her unconditional love of others are the qualities which were the foundation by which she lived her life and that, in death, are the strengths by which the scriptures assure us all our heavenly reward. Ann belonged to many committees at Christ the King and, in many of those, she served as chairman. In her role as a lay minister, her prayer book, rosary and the Holy Eucharist were her constant companions. I have a few friends and family with whom I barter in exchange for my services; with Ann, I used to lovingly tease that I was probably the only chiropractic physician ever to receive Holy Communion in exchange for an adjustment!

In closing, I’d like to take some liberty by borrowing a portion of the beautiful words that were recently spoken at Kim’s Uncle Si’s funeral:

There’s no denying that, despite the fact that Ann was never seriously ill and only rarely saw the doctor, the infection she acquired after her surgery several weeks ago proved more that her body could handle and that she’s been in declining health since then.

This is still hard. Even for the most devout among us who know with utter certainty that we live for our reward after life here on earth, it’s still hard to let go what we know and love in the here and now.

So, we would do well to be reminded of all the attention that the Bible pays to reassuring the dying and giving peace to the grieving.

2nd Corinthians tells us, “Although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison; as we look to not what is seen but to what is unseen, for what is seen is transitory and what is unseen is eternal.”

Ann has felt her inner self being renewed day by day for some time now; she has experienced having her inner self quenched in glory. WE couldn’t see it because WE say something else. We saw a woman who we knew as an independent, witty, intelligent, energetic and loving woman confined to a bed. We saw a woman who so generously expressed unconditional love by living in service to others reach the point where she depended upon the care of others for the most fundamental things.

But, what did SHE see? What did Ann see? Again, 2nd Corinthians says, “Look not to what is seen but what is unseen, for what is seen is transitory and what is unseen is eternal.” So, while we saw Ann in a transitory context, what did ANN SEE?

I believe that she saw BEYOND the transitory. I believe she saw into the eternal. And I believe that she was acutely aware that – as we read in 2nd Corinthians – as her outer self wasted away in that bed, her inner self was being renewed day by day.

So, as we say goodbye to Ann’s outer self today, we can and should rejoice in her renewal as she takes her place at the feet of our Lord with all of the loved ones who have gone before her, all affliction gone and her everlasting soul radiant in eternal glory. And, as we understandably mourn, we should also take comfort in the knowledge that this is the day that she lived for and that, in as much as a life of faith assured her that we will all be reunited again, the unconditional love she showed for us will live on in all the many ways that loved changed us while she was still here.