Mary Joan Vannice

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August 31, 1931 ~ March 24, 2023

Born in: Lafayette, IN
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Mary Joan Vannice, 91, passed peacefully to her Heavenly Home Friday, March 24th 2023.

Mrs. Vannice was born on August 31, 1931 to the late P.L. and Alma Elisabeth Crouse in Lafayette, Indiana. Her mother was a strong Christian and made sure the family was centered on their Creator. Joan was baptized, confirmed and married at St. James Lutheran Church in Lafayette. She grew up on the family farm with two brothers, Dan and Tom, and two sisters, Jean and Janet.

Joan was introduced to her husband Adrian by a mutual friend. Adrian also lived on a farm in a nearby county. Their first date was on her 18th birthday, and they married two years later, on December 31st, when Adrian was home on leave from service in the Air Force. For the next four decades they moved about every year and a half, first with the Air Force and then with Adrian’s increasing responsibilities with the Kroger Company. Joan was the foundation and provided the stability for the family as they re-settled often many states away from their last home. Adrian and Joan retired to Sanibel Island in 1996 and spent their summers in Asheville.

Following Adrian’s death in 2012, Joan lived full time at Givens Estates in Asheville. She loved her family and friends and was most proud of her children and grandchildren. Her daughter, Kristal Klehfoth and Kristal’s husband John reside in Indiana. John and Kristal have three children, Mark, Elizabeth and Anne. Her son Jon, and Jon’s wife, Patti live in Mills River. Jon and Patti have one son, A.J. AJ’s fiancée, Caitlin McGee, was also loved by Joan.

Joan was a member of Living Savior Lutheran Church. There will be a memorial service on Friday, March 31st at 4 p.m. at 301 Overlook Road in Arden. Please join us to celebrate Joan’s life and hear the Word that gave her such confidence.


Memorial Service: March 31, 2023 4:00 pm

Living Savior Lutheran Church
301 Overlook Rd.
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. To my sister, Joan: God has honored your wish to meet together in heaven with Lodell. This must have been a glorious experience for you. You’ve been waiting. To my sister that held me as a baby on Old Babe, to my sister who I served as junior bridesmaid at your wedding, to the sister that Jack and I enjoyed so many vacations with, to the sister who led me to many bible classes in Florida, and to the sister I have always loved even though you dragged me by my hair to the kitchen to wash pots from the daily milking. You were the one who made our brothers and me scared to pieces when you were left in charge, you sure were strong! I have always loved you and I’ll be looking for you and Jean when I experience the most blessed promise God ever gave, to be in heaven. How’s Mom and Dad doing? Love, Fritzie

  2. To my Aunt, the one who stood up for me in God’s Kingdom and I call her Godmother as well. The memory that kept coming up when I heard the news was at Grandmother’s funeral. I just get my daughter Nina out of her carrier. She was barely a month old. I was walking up to her casket and Aunt Joan through sniffing said hi JuAnn and took Nina out of my arms. That always made me chuckle.

  3. Joan was the first cousin of my mom, Elaine Kull Liley. Her mom Alma and my grandfather August were favorite siblings. In 2015 or 2016, after my mom’s death and Lodell’s, Joan and her sister Janet spent a week at our then home in the Greater Washington DC area – Joan’s first visit. She was as excited as a little girl. She was so well-traveled, sophisticated and yet still an unpretentious, friendly and sweet girl of Lafayette, Indiana. She also was a devoted child of God who spent time twice a day reading the Bible and praying. She spoke often of her family – her husband Lodell who she missed so much and of her children Jon and Kristalm their spouses and her grandchildren – who she loved and of whom she was so proud. May her memory be a blessing.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending prayers of comfort, strength, and fond memories to all the family and friends.

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