Jennie Lynn Krichbaum

jennie krichbaum

July 16, 1953 ~ March 18, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jennie Lynn Krichbaum, 69, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2023, at CarePartners Solace.

Jennie was born July 16, 1953, in Asheville to the late George West Krichbaum, Sr. and Marguerite Barlow Krichbaum.

She is survived by her brother, George West Krichbaum, Jr. and his wife Linda; nephew, West Krichbaum and his wife Brandi and their children, Brinkley Lynn Krichbaum and Lucas West Krichbaum, and by nephew Zack Krichbaum, all of Raleigh. She is also survived by her goddaughter, Emma Grace Hutchins, her beloved Barlow cousins, a host of friends, and hundreds of former students. She was forever grateful to her brother and sister-in-law who shared their children and grandchildren with her and she always felt blessed to love and to be loved by the people who touched her life.

Jennie was educated in the Asheville City School System and graduated from UNC-Asheville in 1975 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a Teaching Certificate for grades K-9.

Upon graduation, she had the very good fortune to begin her career as an educator and “Roadrunner” at Pisgah Elementary School in Candler, where she spent 33 years as a full-time classroom teacher – retired – and returned to Pisgah for nine more years as a half-time teacher assistant. To help her students (who often called her Miss K. or Miss Krichie) reach their potential, she provided love, encouragement, support, a great sense of humor, and funny costumes for every school event. She could recognize and recall their faces, names and family members years later. She exemplified the best of professionalism, dedication, compassion and commitment. Her legacy is truly found throughout the Upper Hominy Community with generations of families and children she dearly loved. She was a mentor to many new teachers at the school and tried to inspire them to be their best selves.

Jennie was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in West Asheville and was actively involved in many aspects of the church life through the years. She also had a close connection with Davis Chapel UMC (with her good buddy – Barbara Burnette) and Pleasant Hill UMC (with her sweet neighbor and friend – Judy Shuler), both located in Candler.

Her family would like to thank the special friends and neighbors who provided support and comfort for Jennie during her illness, with a special acknowledgment for the wonderful caring and companionship provided by great friend – Suellen Moseley – to whom we will always be grateful.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Rodney H. Hagans, Jr. and Nancy Dixon Walton and Pastor Eric Hill officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park, Candler.

Her family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

The service will be livestreamed on Friday.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, Jennie requested that you create an opportunity to make a positive lasting impact on the life of a child.

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Funeral Service: March 24, 2023 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: March 24, 2023 1:00 pm - July 18, 2024 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806



Pisgah View Memorial Park
1529 Smoky Park Highway
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. RIP Miss Krishbaum. You were a wonderful person and teacher. Thank you for being the best and for loving all of your kids.

  2. Jennie Lynn’s smile, beautiful spirit and quick wit was a huge blessing of my time at Trinity UMC. She never failed to light up the room when she walked in. Loved by all she encountered, she will be missed by all. Rest in Peace Jennie Lynn!

  3. This was a true lady and an awesome teacher, co worker and friend. She loved All of her students and there were many throughout the years. She made a positive impact on everyone she was around. Just a great person. Heaven gained an angel who left this world a better place. Rest now Krichie.

  4. I never had Miss Krischbaum as a teacher, but she knew me all the same. Warm, welcoming, and loving. Proud Roadrunner here, and blessed to have known her. Praying for her family.

  5. You always had a smile on your face and would brighten up any room. You were a genuine sweet person. Rest in Peace.

  6. Miss K was my favorite teacher at Pisgah. Not only was she a fabulous teacher she was a wonderful advocate and friend to her students. She will be greatly missed.

  7. Oh Jennie you will be truly missed! Your race is run & now you can enjoy all Heaven’s glory , but most of all be in our Savior’s presence. We were blessed to have known you ! ❤️

  8. Jennie Lynn was one of greatest women that I have ever met. She was always so kind, joyful, loving, and just an all around awesome lady. She will be truly missed. I know she is in heaven and I will see her again one day.

  9. Ms K was the first teacher I had at Pisgah after our family moved down from WI in the mid 80’s. She connected with me when it was difficult making new friends and made me feel welcomed and valued. I’m forever grateful that she invested a portion of her time with me. I’m a better man because of her. Thanks Ms. Krichbaum.

  10. Jenny was so vey special as a teacher and a person,, i was blessed to spend time with her while my son Charles was at Pisgah Elementary,,i considered her a friend. our prayers and love we send to her family

  11. I never had Ms. Krischbaum, but she always treated me as one of her own. I had many great conversations with her when she would drop in while I was working at the downtown post office. Roadrunner nation lost a great educator and friend. Thoughts and prayers for her family during this difficult time.

  12. Mrs. Krichbaum was one of the best teachers I ever had. She was so loving and kind to all of her students. She will be missed!

  13. Jennie Lynn was one of the very best people and teacher of children I ever knew. She was a wonderful friend who only saw the best in everyone she met. Rest in peace, my friend, Jennie Lynn

  14. I will never forget her love and true kindness to both of my boys . They don’t make them like her anymore !! A true legend .
    We love you always .. The Sims

  15. Ms. Krichbaum was my 2nd grade teacher and my daughter’s 4th grade teacher. But more importantly, she was our friend and she was friend to my mom, Lu, who passed away last May. Jennie Lynn was an amazing and generous person and her impact on all of us who were blessed to know her will last several lifetimes. Thank you, to her family, for sharing her with us. She was a beautiful gift.

  16. Jennie Lynn was a very special lady, educator, friend, and co-worker. What an inspiration and example she was to everyone. Heaven has truly gained a very special angel today.

  17. “A truly amazing and caring teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget…” I had Ms. Krichbaum as my 5th grade teacher. I remember praying all summer that I would be in her class! I was blessed to be so…I had always had a difficult time fitting in, but she let me know that I was special and different and that I would fit in just fine with her. She ate lunch with me at times, made special effort to listen when I was talking about a book I was reading or laugh at a story I would tell her! She was an amazing person and wonderful teacher! She made a difference in so many children’s lives, including mine. Thoughts and Prayers,

    Fawn McCoy East

  18. The kindest and sweetest woman I’ve ever known. She was always known as Ms. Frizzle when I went to Pisgah because everyone knew she was the best teacher in the entire school. She will be so greatly missed.

  19. Miss Krichbaum was one of the most amazing women I knew. She left a lasting impression of kindness goes more than a mile and “there’s nothing a few m&ms can’t fix”. She always remembered every detail even well after I was in her class, she hugged me on my senior walk and told me just how proud she was and had kept up with me even into adulthood. She’s part of the reason I am who I am today and will forever be honored to have known her

    • I love this, she would give us one single m&m for every correct math equation when I was in her fourth grade class in 2007-2008. This comment brought me back!

  20. What a beautiful person she was. She mentored myself and five other teachers the year I joined Pisgah, “New Kids on the Block.” we were called. Can’t imagine what went through her head when she agreed to do that. She always had great advice for how to handle things as an educator. I thank her for help molding me into the teacher I became. She would tell me to help others and not expect anything in return this was the true meaning of kindness. ❤️Love u

  21. All of the Milholen family are so very sorry to hear of Jennie Lynn’s passing. Growing up at Trinity Methodist, she has always been a huge part of our lives. Her loving friendship, especially with my Dad, Bill, was a gift that we all treasure. You are all in our hearts and prayers. May happy memories bring you comfort and peace.

  22. My sons both loved Ms. Krichbaum. The world has lost a completely awesome. Until we see you again you will be greatly missed

  23. Miss K was a shining light at Pisgah. I never had her as a teacher but she always knew my name knew how to make me smile. I graduated elementary school in 2011!

  24. Praying for your hearts to heal. I met Jennie Lynn when William and I went to Sunday School with Big Daddy, Bill Milholen. She was a delight and a light for so many.


  25. This sweet lady will be missed. She taught my dad, then myself, then my little brother. So happy she was able to touch so many lives.

  26. The sweetest person ever <3 She helped me through so much in elementary school and I will be forever grateful for her

  27. Jennie Lynn was a great friend & teacher to all of our family at Trinity UMC.
    She was greatly loved and creative. All of us will miss her love and compassion.

  28. Jennie Lynn was my “Sissy” and I was her “Sis”. It was my honor to be her assistant at Pisgah for years. Coaching Destination Imagination and Odyssey of the Mind with her was grand! I never went anywhere with her in Asheville, that we didn’t run into people who knew and loved her. She was a celebrity…the friend and school mom to a thousand kids. Everyone she knew was better for knowing her.

  29. Jennie was a wonderful teacher and person as she encouraged me many years ago as a beginning teacher. She always had a radiant smile and encouraging word for all!

  30. My sister and I grew up with Jennie Lynn and George. Jennie’s incredible kindness and sense of humor was evident from childhood; she lit up a room. Her presence in this world will me missed and memories of her will serve as blessings to hundreds and hundreds. Our loss is obviously Heaven’s gain…

  31. Jennie Lynn was a dear friend to me when I was on staff at Trinity UMC. During that time, we got to know each other well and found ourselves in many mischevious adventures. Another connection developed when we learned that our moms worked together. After I left Trinity, Jennie Lynn and I would arrange get-togethers and the four of us had great fun over many nights out. While I know she is at peace and no longer fighting that cancer, it is truly a loss to so very many. It was a privilege to know her and get to be a small part of her life. RIP, my friend. Until we meet again.

  32. Jennie Lynn was an extraordinary lady as a friend, teacher and church member. She was not only beautiful inside and out but funny and great to work with at Trinity! We will always be blessed to have known her.

  33. A beautiful smile, a caring heart, and a spirit of faith and courage. These are the graces Jennie Lynn brought every day to those around her. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend who will always be remembered today, and in the days to come.
    Because we shared the same first name, she was Jennie Lynn down the street, and I was Jenny up the street. Now she’s at peace and will remain Jennie Lynn in our hearts.

  34. This woman was always kind and loving when I would come to school sad the could put a smile on my face.

  35. Jenny was such a special person and I’ll cherish the memories. I use to love walking from grandmas house to visit with her and her mom. She was such a special person and will be missed.

  36. Wow I sure didn’t expect this I love Jenny she’s one of the best people I’ve ever met in my life so sad.

  37. What would Pisgah Elementary or the South Hominy community be like if there had been no Jennie Lynn Krichbaum? I cannot even imagine — nor do I want to. Señorita, you were a great friend to me and to so many. You will be GREATLY missed! Tu amigo, Señor O’Byrne

  38. I had the pleasure and joy of working with Jennie at Pisgah Elementary. What a great teacher and person she was!!! She had the special gift of always making everyone feel better no matter what the circumstances were!! She loved everyone and she loved teaching, she was a natural!!! Jennie has touched many lives and all of us who knew her are better people because of her special caring!! Jennie will be missed!! Sending prayers to the family!

  39. Jennie Lynn made everyone’s life better. Her smile, her wit, her caring and her love she gave freely to all. Certainly the Campbell family was blessed to have had her became a part of our family. Prayers and condolences to George and family. She will be missed but not forgotten.

  40. Girl Scouts was always fun with you, Jennie Lynn! Those left here can hang on to these promises:
    “He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears.” Is. 25:8
    “I AM the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying.”
    John 11:25

  41. George, I’m so sorry for the loss of your little sister. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing her but from all the comments, she sounds wonderful. You mentioned that she died of soft tissue cancer. My husband had Merkel cell which is also a soft tissue cancer so I know what both she and the family have been through. It’s only for special people and I’m sure God will welcome her with open arms.

  42. Jennie Lynn was such a wonderful person…so kind and loving. She will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to all of her family.

  43. I had the privilege of having Miss Krichbaum as my 4th and 5th grade teacher, and later student teaching and volunteering at Pisgah while she was assisting. The indescribable impact she made on me was a deep one that I cherish and won’t soon forget. Many fond memories, Love Felicia

  44. Our hearts are saddened with the news of Miss Krichbaum’s passing. Prayers and condolences for all.

  45. I have wonderful memories of Jennie Lynn from way back in the early 70s when I was a little kid. She was such a special person, I am heartbroken by her loss. Praying for her family to receive Divine comfort in the days ahead.

  46. Jennie Lynn, I only knew you about six years and what a wonderful six years. Your “sweet neighbor” brought you to our church and we all fell in love with you. You taught our Ladies Bible study class every Tuesday morning and not one of us wanted to miss that class. You were our best friend and we will never forget you. You left a print of love and happiness on each of our hearts. Jennie, rest in peace.

  47. A special lady, and my lifelong friend.
    You touched the lives of so many. The world is a better place because of you.

  48. miss krichbaum, your were the best teacher anyone could ask for. i miss you so much, you were my title 1 teacher and i’m so glad your resting easy in heaven. i love you🕊️🤍- dani moody

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