JoAnn Del Colliano

joann del colliano

March 12, 1931 ~ August 20, 2021

Born in: Brattleboro, VT
Resided in: Asheville, NC

JoAnn Elizabeth Del Colliano, 90, died in her home at the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community on August 20, 2021.

JoAnn was born in Brattleboro, Vermont on March 12, 1931 to Alphonse and Elizabeth Ratté, the fourth of six children. JoAnn married John F. Del Colliano on September 3, 1955. He was a career Army officer, and they lived in and traveled to many wonderful places during their time in the military including two tours in Germany and one in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

They had two daughters, Theresa and Deborah. JoAnn loved being a wife, mother, and homemaker. She was faithful in serving her church, delighted in knitting beautiful blankets for babies, and thoroughly enjoyed playing bridge and reading/listening to books. After retirement, John and JoAnn resided in San Diego, CA for 17 years and then in Tucson, AZ for 18 years.

John passed away in 2003 and several years later, JoAnn came to Asheville, NC to be closer to her daughters. Her years at Deerfield were filled with rich experiences, lovely friends, and Pastry Chef Zoe’s delectable desserts.

Besides her loving parents and devoted husband, JoAnn was predeceased by her brothers, Eddie, Charles, Foss, and Richard, and sister, Dorothy.

She is survived by her daughters, Terri (Gary) Frink of Asheville, NC, and Debbie (John) Stadnik of Greensboro, NC; her grandchildren Stepheni (Vince), Brock (Megan), and Clayton Stadnik and Amy (Luke) Stout; a new great-grandson, Jett; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, NC. There will be a rosary offered prior to the Mass at 12:30 p.m.

She will be interred with her husband in the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery near Fort Huachuca, AZ.

If you would like to make a donation in her honor, please consider St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, or Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Funeral Mass: September 11, 2021 12:30 pm

St Barnabas Catholic Church
109 Crescent Hill Drive
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Joann was a truly remarkable woman. During the short time I was privileged to know her, she was always an astute observer, seemingly missing nothing around her. She was vivacious with an energetic zest for life. She certainly affected my way of thinking. It was a genuine privilege to have know her. She was a true blessing.

    • Thank you, Jim, for your kind words about Mom! I am thankful you were able to get to know her a little bit, spend some holidays with her, and thought of her as a blessing! Love you much, Terri

  2. Joann was such a help to my father when he moved to Deerfield and was trying to adjust. I hope that your happy memories bring you comfort, and pray for all who love this beautiful lady.

    • Hi Diane, Thank you so much for your kind note, sympathy, and prayers! This was such a blessing for me to hear about Mom helping your father adjust when he came to Deerfield. With love from JoAnn’s daughter, Terri

    • Dear Diane,

      Thank you so much for your kind note, sympathy, and prayers! It was such a blessing to hear about how Mom helped your father adjust when he came to Deerfield. Take care!

      Love, Terri

  3. Sending love and prayers for the Frinks and Stadniks as you mourn the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother.

  4. We drove JoAnn to church every Saturday. We got to know her and enjoyed our conversations very much. Our sympathy to her family.

  5. We pray the sweet memories you have bring you comfort as you mourn her loss. JoAnn loved her family very much and created a legacy that will continue on. Sending much love and we will keep you all close in prayer.

  6. JoAnn was a good friend to my mom Ann Hillmann. They met at Deerfield years ago & frequently met for dinner and Sunday brunch in the Bistro; in addition, most weekends they rode together to mass at St. Barnabas Catholic Church. JoAnn searched out and visited my Mom when she was in Skilled Nursing, shortly before she passed away in early August. I remember JoAnn as a poised, thoughtful, kind woman; may she rest in peace. My condolences to your family.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Chris! Mom thought so highly of your Mother and greatly enjoyed their times together and her special calendar gifts that she delighted in everyday. I am so thankful for the friendship and love they shared! I am also thankful for your sister and her husband being there to celebrate Mom’s Funeral Mass with us. Love and hugs to all, Terri

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