Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch (1930 - 2017)


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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.

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


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


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

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

Husband: Jack Vandever


University of Washington
Bremerton High School




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

Cause of death: natural causes

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at Ashes scattered in San Jose,


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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.

1937 - By the time she was just 7 years old, on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

1946 - She was 16 years old when on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

1985 - She was 55 years old when on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

1986 - She was 56 years old when on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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March 26, 1949 - July 1968 (divorce)
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March 26, 1949 - July 1968 (divorce)
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1970 - 1974 (divorce)
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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

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.


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RIP Mom.
Sep 10, 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
These memories were shared by Naomi B G., a childhood friend:

Sep 13, 2017 · Reply
Happy birthday Grandma! We launched ssl version today on your birthday :)
Oct 11, 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
And now we're looking to the first Christmas - but memories of last Christmas are strong! :)
Dec 07, 2017 · 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
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