Gloria Anne Kittell Hannas
Gloria Anne Kittell Hannas was born in Woodbridge, NJ to Noel E. and Virgiline Kittell on 5/22/27. She graduated from Woodbridge Hogh School, and then attended Indiana University. Gloria graduated with a BA in 1949. She worked for J. Walter Thompson. She married Warren F. Hannas in 1950. Gloria lived in LaGrange, Il for 60 years. She got a teacher’s certificate and began a 20-year career as a high school French teacher at Thornton Township, and later Thornwood High Schools. She earned her MA at Northwestern University in 1972. Upon her retirement, she became a private consultant / tutor for students and for adults going abroad and was also a passionate volunteer advocate for people she felt were in need of support and freedom.
Gloria was a commissioner from the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange to the meetings of the Chicago Presbytery. She also worked with the Chicago Presbytery’s Middle East Task Force, Peacemaking Mission Team, among other things. She advocated for justice in Central and South America. She was a progressive who spoke out for social justice and world peace. She was greatly admired her for her dedication, enthusiasm, and willingness to work for peace and justice. She received a Humanitarian Award from the LaGrange NAACP.
She moved to Oak Park to an apartment in the Oak Park Arms when she needed to leave her home in LaGrange because she wanted to live in a community where integrated housing was desired and where people practiced inclusion. She became an active member of First United Church in Oak Park where she attended Sunday morning adult education seminars and weekly Bible studies on a variety of topics. She was on the church’s Faith in Action Committee too. Gloria tutored elementary children as part of her church’s Cluster tutoring program for inner city youth. She was also active with the Oak Park Arms Reader’s Theater and with their book club.
She moved to Overland Park KS to be near family once she needed assistance in her life. She faithfully attended the Village Presbyterian Church as long as she was able. The family thanks Rev. Becky Chamberlain, Village Presbyterian Church Interim Pastor for Pastoral Care, for frequently visiting Gloria, and to Kindred Hospice, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Delmar Gardens of Overland Park for the excellent care they provided to Gloria.
She loved cats her entire life. She had the pleasure of having two snowshoe cats, Lili and Sasha most recently, and Minou prior to that.
She is survived by her two children, Barbara (Hannas) Johnson and Stuart Hannas, two grandchildren, Sarah Payne, and Chris Payne, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a niece, Cindy (Hanna) D’Esterre, and three nephews, Scott Hanna, Steve Hanna, and Craig Hanna.
A memorial service will be held at Lenexa Baptist Church on Saturday, January 12th at 2:00pm in the pastor’s parlor, 15320 West 87th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219. A second service is pending in Chicago’s western suburbs in May. She will rest with her parents, Noel and Virgiline Kittell in Bronzewood Cemetery in Hinsdale, Ill.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Missions & Outreach Ministry at either at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, 150 South Ashland, LaGrange, Ill 60515, or to Faith in Action at First United Church of Christ, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park, Ill 60301