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Janis Lee Hitchings, 63, Paris, Ky., passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center.
She was born Sept. 2, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Elizabeth (Anibaldi) Esposito and the late Gerald Esposito.
She was married to Gary Hitchings, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hitchings graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and moved with her family to Kentucky in 1972. She later earned a Masterâ€™s of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky and her LCSW from the state of Kentucky, working for 30 years at the Bluegrass Regional MHMR Board as a clinical social worker.
Following retirement, she went back to the social work she loved at Hospice of the Bluegrass in Cynthiana, Ky.
Mrs. Hitchings was a member of the Catholic Church of the Annunciation.
In addition to her mother, surviving relatives include two sons, Scott Hitchings and David Hitchings, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Betsy Esposito of State College; three brothers, Jerry Esposito and wife Karen of East Sandwich, Mass., John Esposito and wife Chantel of Nashville, Tenn., and Patrick Esposito of Apollo; two sisters-in-law, Lucinda Esposito and Gaye Hudock and husband John; a special cousin, Peggy Patrick and husband Guy of Berea; and a host of dear nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.
In addition to her father and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey Esposito.
She wishes to thank with all her heart the numerous dear friends who provided her support during her illness, including hospice workers and Fr. John Curtis.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at the Catholic Church of the Annunciation by Rev. John Curtis with burial in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Friends were received Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at the Catholic Church of the Annunciation with the Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Casket bearers were Scott Hitchings, David Hitchings, Jerry Esposito, John Esposito, John Hudock and Russell Bennett.
Burial was at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St. Mary School Scholarship Fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, Paris.