Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch (1930 - 2017)


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Joyce Vandever (as she was known in her later years) was a loving mother of two daughters Kathy & Pam, and grandma to two grandchildren Daniel & Layne. Joyce had a half-sister, Lois (Benning) Ewen, the product of her father's first marriage. She also had a step-brother, Chuck Barrett, from her mother's second marriage to Heine Barrett.

She had many friends and relatives in California, Washington state, England and Wales. Her best childhood and lifelong closest friend was Beverley Scoffone in Monte Sereno California. Joyce loved to be a grandmother and spent countless weekends with her grandchildren. She lived in the California Hawaiin mobile home park at 3637 Snell Ave in San Jose for many years when it was a retirement community.

Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch was also known as Joyce Vandever, Grandma Joyce, and M. Joyce Vandever.


Marian Kroetch was born on in Seattle, King County, Washington United States


Father: George Lawrence Benning
Mother: Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning

Husband: Frank Edward Kroetch
Children with Frank: Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna and Pamela (Kroetch) Marks

Husband: Jack Vandever


Grade school in Portland OR and Bremerton WA, Bremerton High School, and the University of Washington.


Grandma held various secretarial roles over the years. I remember in the early - mid 1990's I was always amazed at how fast she could type! I was confused at her high WPM as computers didn't exist when she was working full time. She had learned how to type (without typos!) on a typewriter.

She worked both in Emergency Services (on Communication Hill) in San Jose, California and at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center - an emergency hospital & clinic - where both of her daughters ended up working for a number of years as well.

Joyce was highly respected from the janitors to doctors and the board.


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Joyce was not part of the military but she was raised in Bremerton Washington which was nearby a military base. During World War 2 the military would often launch hundreds of blimps to protect from possible air bombings.



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Caucasian: Primarily Welsh, German, and Dutch. Grandma was particularly partial to her Welsh/English roots having frequently visited from the States over her life. She introduced the tradition of attending the Scottish Highland games to her children and grandchildren.


United States of America. Born and raised in Bremerton Washington and eventually settled in the California Bay Area. The last fourty or so years she lived in San Jose California.


nominally Baptist



Marian Kroetch died on at White Blossom Care Center, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States

Cause of death: Natural causes. Her dementia led to numerous falls which hurt her physically over her last decade. She eventually stopped eating and passed away.

Cause of death

Natural causes. Her dementia led to numerous falls which hurt her physically over her last decade. She eventually stopped eating and passed away.

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at Ashes scattered throughout, in San Jose, California


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Valley Village Retirement Center, in Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California United States

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1930 - In the year that Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch was born, on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

1945 - At the age of only 15 years old, Marian was alive when on January 20th, Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in to his fourth term as President of the United States. He died 82 days into his term and his new Vice-President, Harry Truman, became President.

1951 - Marian was 21 years old when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

1954 - At the age of 24 years old, Marian was alive when from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

1963 - By the time she was 33 years old, the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

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Beverly Clarice (Washington) Scoffone
Born: August 1930
Los Gatos, CA, United States
Aldo Scoffone
1924 - Mar 6, 2006
Monte Sereno, CA, United States
Charles Henry "Chuck" Barrett Jr.
Apr 16, 1928 - Apr 29, 2009
Dennis R Washington
Born: 1934
Missoula, MT, United States

Marian Kroetch Obituary

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Marian “Joyce” Vandever passed away due to natural causes on Sept. 10, 2017 in San Jose, California.

Joyce was born in Seattle, Washington to George and Eileen “Connie” Tasker Benning. She attended schools in Bremerton, Washington where her father owned the local Chevy dealership. Joyce met her future husband, Frank Kroetch, while both were students at the University of Washington. After their marriage in 1949, they relocated to the Willow Glen area of San Jose, California, where both their daughters were born.

Joyce spent her career working as a secretary at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. She loved traveling to the British Isles, connecting with her many Bremerton High School classmates, and attending plays and musicals.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husbands, Frank Kroetch and Jack Vandever; her sister, Lois Benning Ewen; and stepbrother, Charles H. Barrett. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Pinna and Pam Marks (Neil); grandchildren, Daniel Pinna (Lisa) and Layne Marks-Jacobs; and numerous nieces and nephews. (Marian 'Joyce' Vandever passed away due to natural causes on September 10, 2017 at the White Blossom Care Center in San Jose, Ca.

Joyce was born in Seattle, Washington to George and Eileen 'Connie' Tasker Benning. She attended schools in Bremerton, Wa where her father owned the local Chevy dealership. While attending the University of Washington, Joyce met her future husband, Frank Kroetch. After their marriage in 1949, they relocated to the Willow Glen area of San Jose, CA, where both their daughters were born.

Joyce first worked as an operator at the San Jose Water works, and later spent her career working for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Joyce served in the position as the secretary to the CFO for over 16 years, then retired 5 years later, while secretary to the head of the mental health division.

Joyce loved traveling to the British Isles, taking road trips with her friends, attending plays and musicals, and spending time with her two grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Frank Kroetch and Jack Vandever, her sister Lois Benning Ewen and step-brother Charles H. Barrett. She is survived by her daughters Kathleen and Pam, grandchildren Daniel and Layne, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marian “Joyce” Vandever
San Jose, CA
Oct. 11, 1930 to Sept. 10, 2017

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Happy Birthday again Grandma!! Today we are working on this new view for bios. that I'm certain the entire community will love. We are really evolving and it's a joy to be working on these series of projects. We've accomplished a lot so far this year.

Thought of you last night while I spent time on GG's bio. I remember while you lived at Valley Village and spent your time feeding the squirrels in the 'cigarette hut'. The last few times you visited Lisa and me at El Rio you repeatedly said that you had dreamed of this house, or rather had spent time here before. When I explained it was a brand new home it confused you. I thought last night perhaps it's because you connected with where you are today in your final years, and are here with me now.

Celebrating your 89th Birthday Grandma. Update: I sent this prematurely on 10/10....NOW that it's officially your birthday (at 1:36am on 10/11) - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Oct 10 · Reply
We launched the new bio view yesterday! Thanks to your bio for being a testing ground :)
Oct 15 · Reply
Thank you once again for helping to discover that replies in comments had an issue ;) (lol and just now yet again).
Oct 16 · Reply
Happy Birthday Grandma! One year ago we went SSL, and today we are dealing with sys ops. Patterns.
Oct 10, 2018 · Reply
Another turn of the wheel . . . and your grandson is still making you proud! :)
Oct 11, 2018 · Reply
Miss you and love you, Mom!
Dec 11, 2017 · Reply
And now we're looking to the first Christmas - but memories of last Christmas are strong! :)
Dec 07, 2017 · Reply
First Thanksgiving without you - but you were here in spirit. We used your mother's plates just like we did all those years ago at your place.
Dec 06, 2017 · Reply
Happy birthday Grandma! We launched ssl version today on your birthday :)
Oct 11, 2017 · Reply
These memories were shared by Naomi B G., a childhood friend:

Sep 13, 2017 · Reply
I'll miss you grandma. What a way to pass! You leave us on National Grandparents Day 2017, a holiday created by Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade with whom you share your first name. I hope the water helped you the last few days & you enjoyed the final songs I played for you: Bagpipes Amazing Grace, Frank Sinatra's "Come Dance With Me", & Josh Grobin's "You Raise Me Up". Forever with me. xoxo
Sep 10, 2017 · Reply
RIP Mom.
Sep 10, 2017 · Reply
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