Carole Latch Stites-Luka, 68, of Glenolden, died Feb. 19 at home.Born in Darby, she lived most of her life in Delaware County, but also lived in Fairfield, Calif. She was a 1960 graduate of Collingdale High School and attended the Philadelphia College of Art.Mrs. Stites-Luka was a crossing guard for Glenolden Borough for 22 years, retiring in October 2008. She also was also a service worker and flea market dealer. An artist and painter, her most notable accomplishment was as an illustrator for a children’s novel, “Lost in Redskirt Forest.”
She loved children, telling stories, books, movies, flea markets and dancing. Among her many hobbies and interests were crafts, jewelry and traveling. An active volunteer, she was a member of the Delaware County Artists Guild and the American Legion in Norwood. She was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was the widow of Carl Stites Jr., who died in 1984 and the daughter of the late Howard R. Latch and Margaret Portman. Her brothers, Thomas and David Latch also predeceased her.Survivors: Husband, Daniel J. Luka; son, Carl Stites; daughter, Cynthia Stites; brothers, Howard and Gregory Latch; sisters, Dolores Rodino, Diane Mozier; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Service: Noon, Wednesday at St. Gabriel’s Church, Mohawk and Seminole Avenues, Norwood.
Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the James F. Knoetgen Funeral Home, 746 Kedron Ave., Morton.Burial: Edgewood Memorial Park, Concord.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to the National Foundation for Transplants, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119.