September 16, 1940 ~ October 4, 2021

Born in: Detroit, MI
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Joan Marie Stevens Buser, 81, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021 at Care Partners Hospice Solace Center in Asheville. She was born September 16, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Sam and Laura Chellew Stevens.

Joan earned a Masters in Public Administration and served as Supervisor of Oakland Township in Michigan from 1988-1999 until her retirement. She was so loved that when she retired she was given a sword by her staff to mimic St. Joan of Arc, on which is inscribed “Joan of Oakland.”

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald F. Buser; two sons, Greg Buser (Angie) and Steven Buser (Megan) and 4 grandchildren, Nicholas, Alexander, Brian and Saila.

A memorial service will be held at the Norma F. Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 4:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Volunteers in Medicine on Hilton Head Island.


Memorial Service: October 30, 2021 4:30 pm

Givens Estates, Norma Pulliam Chapel
100 Wesley Drive
Asheville, NC 28803


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Joan was one of my first bosses. I learned so much from her back in the days when we used to work at the township. I’m keeping all of you in my thoughts.

  2. Joan was a great mother-in-law and the best grandmother playmate a kid could ever have! We miss her dearly. She enjoyed her retirement until her body said no more. Her generosity with bringing happiness to her grandchildren was amazing.


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