Juanita A. "Louie" Kirkwood (nee Stanziano) age 53, of Lorain, passed away at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness.
Born July 11, 1965 in Lorain, she graduated from Clearview High School in 1983 and went on to receive a degree from college. Juanita worked as a teacher for several years at Lorain Middle School and Meister Road Elementary School. She was a member of New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Lorain.
Juanita was a loving mother and grandmother who was known as the "community mom". She had a passion for wearing makeup, listening to music, cooking, cleaning and she always made sure that everyone was fed.
Surviving is her husband, Michael Kirkwood; daughters, Jatobia Thompson and Brittnee McElroy; sons, Travon Jackson, Fabion Kirkwood, David Meeks and Christopher Capers; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; her mother, Juanita Stanziano; brothers, Joseph Stanziano and Damion Williams; and sisters, Jennifer (Rick) Runion, Jean (Bryant) Keith and Latoya Williams.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Stanziano; and her daughter, Stephani Bernhardt.
Private services were held for the family. The Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, handled the arrangements. To send online condolences go to www.dovinfcs.com