April 24, 1947 ~ September 9, 2019

Born in: East Stroudsburg, PA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Joann Marie Miller Mariani, 72, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, at the CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of East Stroudsburg, PA, Joann was the daughter of the late Willard and Jean Marie Gelinas Miller. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Joseph Mariani.

Joann was a committed volunteer for MANNA FoodBank for many years and enjoyed working together with her friends and fellow volunteers there to help make a difference.

Mrs. Mariani is survived by her sons, Christian Mariani and wife Victoria, and Craig Mariani and wife Jessica Chilton; brother, Marshall Miller and wife Pamela; and grandchildren, Brianna Mariani, Casey Mariani, and Oskar Mariani.

Her family and friends will gather to celebrate her life on Thursday, September 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave.

Private burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Joann’s family asks that memorials be made to MANNA FoodBank, 627 Swannanoa River Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.


Celebration of Life: September 12, 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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


Room: Room A

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  1. My deepest sympathies to Jo’s family and friends.

    I worked with Jo at Liberty, we were teammates for a few years. She was always such a positive person and never let things get to her. Her support and friendship will never be forgotten.

  2. Chris and Craig, My thought’s and prayer’s are with you, your families and Mom.

  3. Our love & deepest sympathies to you Chris & your family during this difficult time. Please know that you are in our prayers. We love you…. Mr & Mrs โ€œDโ€

  4. Chris, Craig and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was an amazing woman. I enjoyed our visits and talks very much. She was always so positive through her battle. I am honored to call her my friend.

  5. I have had the pleasure of working with Joanne at MANNA for several years now. She had one of the most kind hearts I have ever known. She always had a smile, even on days she didn’t feel well. She will be missed very much. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends who loved her dearly. She was one of a kind.

  6. My sincere condolences to Joann’s family and friends. She was a wonderful person and my dearest friend. โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

  7. To Chris and Craig and your family so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing.. she now will be United with your Dad ,Robert … Our Deepest Sympathy from your Family in Pennsylvania…

  8. I am so sorry to hear about Joannโ€™s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
    I had the wonderful privilege of working with Joann in the payroll department at Liberty Mutual. She was the most wonderful lady, always very kind and willing to help out in any way she could. She had a wonderful smile that could brighten up the darkest of days.


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