November 25, 1940 ~ March 6, 2023

Born in: Manila, Philippines,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Rupert H. Muana, Jr., 82, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2023, beside his loving wife.

Rupert was born on November 25, 1940, in Manila, Philippines, to the late Ruperto, Sr., and Laureana Habal Muana. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration & Accounting. He married Donna and was the first in his family to emigrate to the United States.

Rupert and Donna have been faithful parishioners of the Basilica of St. Lawrence for 36 years. Rupert also served as the Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Muana; children, Jimmy (Laura), Larry, Paulette (Mark) and Maria Christina (Dan); and nine grandchildren, Bret, Kari, Mandy, Libby. Addy, Drew, Ian, Miriam and Bella.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Lawrence, D.M., by the Very Rev. Fr. Roger Arnsparger.

Family and friends will gather on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Basilica Roof Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 8995, Asheville, NC 28814.


Visitation: March 8, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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


Funeral Mass: March 9, 2023 2:00 pm

Basilica of St. Lawrence DM
97 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801


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  1. I’ve known Mr. And Mrs. Muana since the first days that I started going to mass as a child. They loved me and welcomed me, watched over me and encouraged me through my conversion and as I grew up. They have both been instrumental to my vocation: they are like my extra set of Godparents.

    I have no worries about Mr. Muana: I pray that he is experiencing the joy and fruit of his longtime devotion to the Sacred Heart and divine mercy. Life here below will be dimmer without his light and love, though.

    My community will offer mass for the repose of his soul today. My deepest condolences and love to Mrs. Muana and to all of the family.

  2. Dearest Donna, we are praying for you and your big loving family. Rupert was such an inspiration & we loved his personality and spirit. May he rest in peace in his heavenly life โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  3. Words canโ€™t express our sorrow for you and your family. Please accept our condolences.
    Leonard and Mhe-Ann


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