Joanne Louise (Sill) Huntting

Published 10:34 am Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Joanne Louise (Sill) Huntting died Jan. 7, 2014, as a result of complications following heart surgery.



She was born in Duluth, Minn., to Michael and Clare Sill. Following her graduation from Duluth Central High School, she attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. While at Carleton, she met James Grant Huntting, whom she married in April, 1951, and settled in Austin, Minn., where Jim was employed. They had three daughters, Ann, Lisa and Julie. An active homemaker, Joanne served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, was a longtime member of PEO, and pursued hobbies of painting and sewing as well as birding. Particularly concerned with those less fortunate, she with her husband Jim, contributed time and resources to many charities. After their daughters graduated from high school, Joanne and Jim served as foster parents to two girls, both of whom returned as adults to thank them.

Joanne was a spirited and energetic person. A champion in her teens, Joanne loved to play tennis, and did so her entire life, imparting this love to her family members. She cared for stray animals; loved a good bargain while shopping; enjoyed attending performances and lectures. She attracted and kept close and lifelong friendships.

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Joanne loved living at Wilderness Country Club in Naples. She played tennis, golf, bridge and mah jongg with cherished friends and enjoyed dinners, movie nights and golf foursomes. She simply loved to have fun with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Michael Sill. She is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Ann Yonamine, Lisa Huntting Dunn and Julie (Steve) Grandgeorge; five grandchildren, Laura Yonamine (Roy McFarland), Jay Yonamine, Madeline Sivo (Evan), Sam Grandgeorge and Trevor Dunn; her brother, Mitchell, and sister-in-law, Elva Sill; her sister-in-law Barbara Sill; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Joanne’s life will be held at Wilderness Country Club at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3. The family will provide flowers and encourages memorials to be sent to Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, 11145 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL, 34113 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online Condolences at