Joan Stretch

May 26, 1950April 9, 2019

Joan Vance Stretch passed away peacefully in her home on April 9, 2019, at the age of 68.

Joan was born on May 26, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana to James and Emily Vance. Joan was preceded in death by her husband Ron in 2005 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Joan is survived by her mother Emily of Charlotte, sister Jane Vance Nickerson of Charlotte, her sister Patricia Vance Petrossi and her husband Robert Petrossi of Naples, FL and, her brother Donald Vance and his wife Charlene Vance of Mesa, AZ. Joan was married to Ronald Stretch in 1978. They had one son.The highlight of her life, her son, Christopher James Stretch, 33 lives Timberlake, NC with his new wife, who she absolutely adored, Alex Stanley-Stretch.

Joan attended New Canaan High School in New Canaan, CT and received her degree in English from the University of Maryland. She maintained many very close friends from her high school and college years.

Joan was an English Literacy teacher at Charlotte Catholic High School and a 25+ year active member of the Archdiocese.

Always smiling and on a mission to share her love of laughter, she called everyone “darling” and made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. Joan not only served as a teacher to the students of Charlotte Catholic but a mentor and someone they could talk to and trust. She was many people’s best friend and confidant, always ready for a new adventure, mini-reunions with lifelong friends and vacations by the ocean.

Heaven has gained another angel, and her new mission takes her to a wonderful place where she will be reunited with friends, family and her husband, Ron. Joan will continue socializing, laughing and reading to her heart’s content. Laughter and love of family were the cornerstone of her being. And, as she looks down on us, her always caring and supportive presence will be felt in all of us forever.

The family welcomes friends, colleagues and students of Mrs. Stretch’s to a visitation on April 13, 2019 at 10am – 11am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am, and a Reception at 12:00pm at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6828 Old Reid Road Charlotte, NC.

Memorial gifts in Mrs. Stretch’s memory can be made to the scholarship fund that will be established in her name by Charlotte Catholic High School.

Arrangements are being handled by McEwen Pineville Chapel, Charlotte.


  • Charlotte Catholic High School Scholarship Fund


  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, April 13, 2019

Joan Stretch

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Anglyn Smith

April 14, 2019

My thoughts and deepest sympathy to Joan's family.

Grace Ohlhaut

April 14, 2019

Joan was such a loving and pleasant person to be around. I remember her always smiling and laughing. Such a sweet, kind woman who I've thought about throughout the years. She will be missed by many.

William Bethea

April 14, 2019

Dear Joan,
I was shocked to learn of your passing. We, your family and mine, have known each other for a very long time, watching our boys grow into young gentlemen, seeing some of our loved ones pass. We all miss Ron; he was always so supportive of the athletic games our boys played., and now we will miss you as well. I will always admire the way you soldered on after the passing of Ron, continuing to actively live and teach. Your dedication to the education of your students was well noted. You will be missed.

Judy Smolek

April 13, 2019

Please know that I was thinking of you all today, as you celebrated the life of such a special, kind woman and friend. I wish I could have been there with you. I am a close family friend of Joanne Barnes, and the Hartley family, and I met Joanie through them. I have seen her down here on Hilton Head several times. My special memory of Joanie was when she put my cat & I up for five days during Hurricane Matthew. I was very concerned and upset about having to evacuate, and she could not have been kinder and more understanding. God bless Joanie; I will miss her sweet smile and friendship. Sending my condolences and love to the entire family.

Juli Dierks

April 10, 2019

Joanie was the kind of woman who made you want to be a better person. If you knew her, then you already know how lucky you were. Her smile was infectious, as was her laughter. She always had a good story, and would laugh so much while telling it that people would join in laughing not even knowing what they were going to hear because they were on a “Joanie-Story-Journey” and enjoying every glorious minute.

She was quick to help, happy to give, and loved by so many. She had her opinions on solemn matters, and when things got too serious, was quick to point out that if you said your Hail Mary’s you could release your negatives and feel peace once more. I once mentioned I fell asleep far too often saying my Hail Mary’s and she replied, “That’s okay Jules because the angels finish them for you.”

…Please finish my Hail Mary’s for me when I fall asleep Joanie, as you are now—I’m quite positive—a treasured angel in Heaven and Ron is happy to finally have his gal with him once again.

April Behtash

April 9, 2019

Joan was one of the kindest and loyal people I have ever known. Her wisdom and charisma were something to be admired. She cared for everyone and went above and beyond to make sure you were taken care of. I love you Joan, Sina, Isabelle, and I will miss you beyond words.

Ainsley L

April 9, 2019

She was an amazing teacher who had a great impact on not only my life, but those fortunate enough to encounter her. There was not a single moment you could see Mrs. Stretch without a radiating smile on her face. She ensured that each and every student felt loved and appreciated. I can still hear her saying, "God bless, everybody!"

Mrs. Stretch, thank you for teaching me and my peers about so much more than English; you taught us valuable life lessons and supported us unconditionally. You are an unforgettable, kind, optimistic, and beautiful soul. Rest in Peace