Joan Kiser

March 6, 1931March 6, 2020

Joan Petrea Kiser of Columbia, SC, passed away on March 6, 2020 at the exact age of 89 after a long illness. An avid lover of music, she taught music at several elementary schools in Charlotte, NC, and Lexington District 5, SC. She retired from Dutch Fork Elementary School in Irmo, SC in 1993. Joan was an organist and choir member of several churches, including Saint Mark’s Lutheran, Charlotte, NC and Redeemer Lutheran, Columbia, SC. She and husband James were active in the Arpad Darazs Singers and Dutch Fork Choral Society.

Joan was born on March 6, 1931 in High Point, NC. She was baptized and confirmed at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Concord, NC. She received her bachelors degree in public school music from Lenoir Rhyne College in 1952 and her masters degree in music education from the University of South Carolina in 1976.

Joan was the daughter of the late Vyron and Hattie Petrea of Concord, NC and the sister of the late Nadine Johnson of Roxboro, NC. Survivors include her beloved husband of almost 68 years, James A. Kiser, Jr.; son Mark Kiser and daughter-in-law Nickie Brown of Knoxville, TN; son Ross Kiser of Alexandria, VA; brother David Petrea of Concord, NC; grandson Matthew Kiser of Knoxville, TN; and granddaughter Linnet Kiser of Tampa, FL.

Our deepest thanks for love and support go out to Joan's caregivers at the Heritage at Lowman and Lutheran Hospice in Chapin, SC, and to friends from her community and Redeemer Lutheran.

A graveside ceremony will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 100 St. John's Church Road in Concord, NC on Friday, March 5th at 2 p.m. Joan's memorial service will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 525 St. Andrews Road in Columbia, SC on Saturday, March 6th at 10:30 a.m. At this time, Redeemer is observing safety protocols aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus; please join us for Joan's memorial service via Facebook Live:

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Redeemer Lutheran Church, or Saint John's Lutheran Church Heritage Center.


  • Graveside Ceremony

    Friday, March 5, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 6, 2021



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Karma Fazzio

February 23, 2021

Mrs. Kiser was always one of the most happiest and sweetest people that I knew. Also, always proud of her sons. I truly miss her.

Joan Kruger

March 27, 2020

Joan and I worked together at Dutch Fork Elementary School. She taught music and I was media specialist. She was a very special friend, always very creative. We both signed messages to other staff members Joan K. To avoid confusion, Joan would add a music note after her name and suggested I put a book after mine.