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Harper Clem Obituary

Harper Elizabeth Clem
Harper Elizabeth Clem

March 26, 1996 - April 28, 2018
Born in Peekskill, NY
Resided in Asheville, NC
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Harper Elizabeth Clem, 22, of Asheville, passed away unexpectedly in her residence.

Born in Peekskill, NY, she was the daughter of Stephen Clem and Mindy Farbrother . She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Clarence Clem, and her maternal grandfather, Richard Farbrother.

She was a 2014 graduate of Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ.

Harper was a junior at Appalachian State, majoring in Supply Chain Management. She was a beautiful, compassionate spirit with a great sense of adventure and a wicked sense of humor who loved to travel. Harper spent a summer in Fiji, where she helped to build a school, and a year in Paris, where she worked as an Au Pair, and became fluent in French. She had dreamed of living there in the future. She will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

In addition to her mother and father, she is survived by her stepmothers, Lois Griffing and Robin Clem; a sister, Devon Clem; maternal grandmother Karen Fraser (John); paternal grandmother, Margaret Clem; aunts Kathie Norrow and Kristin Farley; uncles Michael (Karen) and Joseph (Mimi) Clem, and John, Rick (Carmen), Fred, and Bernie Farbrother; stepbrothers Joseph and David Pianese; stepsisters Rebecca and Sarah Pianese; and cousins Megan, Chelsei, and Angela Clem, Justin and Trevor Norrow; and Claire Farley.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, May 4, 2018 at The West Asheville Garden Retreat and Sanctuary, 18 Beverly Road West, Asheville, with Rev. Carol Asiaghi officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Harper’s memory may be made to Treatment Advocacy Center online at This organization specializes in the treatment of mental illness and bipolar disorders.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.




The West Asheville Garden Retreat and Sanctuary
18 Beverly Road West
Asheville, NC 28806
Friday, May 4, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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