Joan M. Hitt, Elementary School Teacher

August 12, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Joan M. Hitt, who taught elementary subjects in parochial and public schools for more than three decades, died of cancer Sunday at her Rosedale home. She was 57.

Born Joan D'Adamo in Baltimore and raised in Belair-Edison, she attended the Shrine of the Little Flower Parochial School and was a 1969 Institute of Notre Dame graduate. She earned a bachelor's and a master's degrees from Towson University.

As a young woman she worked in the family business, Shocket's Empire Jobbing on Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown.

She began her teaching career with the Archdiocese of Baltimore at Sacred Heart of Mary School in Graceland Park and at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Northeast Baltimore.

Until she retired in June, she had taught for 20 years in the Baltimore City public schools system. She served at the Brehm's Lane, Montebello, Sinclair Lane, Highlandtown and Maree G. Farring elementary schools.

She enjoyed playing bingo and gardening.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Shrine of the Little Flower, Belair Road and Brendan Avenue.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Jeffery C. Hitt Sr.; a son, Jeffery C. Hitt Jr. of Columbia; a daughter, Jamie N. Hitt of Rosedale; her parents, Nicholas and Grace D'Adamo of Baltimore; a brother, Baltimore City Council member Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr. of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.


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