Joann C. Sutcliffe

ALAMOSA — Joann C. Sutcliffe, a pilar of love and creativity, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2024, at the age of 87, in Alamosa, Colo. Born on Aug. 21, 1936, in Massillon, Ohio, she was the cherished daughter of Frank J. and Stella T. Letcavits. Joann grew up in a close-knit community, attending St. Mary's Catholic School and later graduating from Washington High School. Her early years were marked by a strong sense of faith and community, as she was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

After completing her education, Joann began working at the Ideal Company, where she dedicated many years of service. The early 1960s brought change as she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to join her sister, Agnes Kane. This move was a significant period in her life, as she would later be joined by her mother following the passing of her father. It was in Phoenix that Joann's life took a romantic turn when she married Hall Sutcliffe on June 25, 1966. Fulfilling her childhood dream, she found her partner in Hall, who was both a Marine and a police officer.

Joann's life was enriched by the love and companionship of her husband, Hall, who survives her. Together, they shared a life full of joy and adventure. Joann is also lovingly remembered by her nephew, niece, and her dear friend Nancy Griffin, along with Griffin's family from Aurora, Colorado. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Agnes Kane, her nephew Frank Joe, and the many beloved poodles that brought her immense joy throughout her life.

A woman of boundless generosity and warmth, Joann's legacy is one of selfless giving. Her hands were rarely still, as she crocheted over 20,000 Afghans, a testament to her dedication to bringing comfort and joy to others. These beautiful creations were donated to the VA Hospital, nursing homes, and various other places in need. When asked why she devoted so much time to this endeavor, her response was simple yet profound: "I like to put a smile on people's faces." This sentiment perfectly encapsulates Joann's loving and thoughtful nature.

Beyond her creative pursuits, Joann was a steadfast partner in life's practicalities, assisting her husband with firewood and reveling in their shared passion for travel. The couple's adventures in their motorhome were among their most treasured experiences, exploring new places and making memories together.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 10 a.m. at College Heights Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10 a.m. at the church. Joann will be laid to rest at Alamosa Cemetery following services at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to College Heights Baptist Church.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in the care of the arrangements. To leave online words of comfort, tributes and condolences for Joann’s family, please visit