Selma JoAnn Kuhnle

April 5, 1934July 4, 2019

Selma JoAnn Kuhnle age 85, passed away peacefully in her home in Marysville Washington on July 4, 2019. JoAnn was born April 5, 1934 in Everett Washington, to her parents Henry and Selma Grobey. JoAnn married the love of her life Kay Kuhnle in 1960. They started their family in 1966 when they brought their son Steve Kuhnle home.

JoAnn leaves behind her son Steve Kuhnle; her sister Barbra Kinney; her brother John Grobey; her grandchildren Jordan Kuhnle; Kayla Greene; Kahryn Kuhnle; Steve Kuhnle Jr; Sydney Kuhnle; her two greatgrandchildren Zaea Santibanez; Addison Elvrom; her best friend Helen Nolte; her caregiver Tammy Goshorn; along with many nieces and nephews and many other friends. JoAnn has been reunited with her mother and father, the love of her life Kay Kuhnle, and her daughter-in law Kelly N. Kuhnle.

JoAnn worked at her and her husband's local tavern (Kuhnle's Tavern) from 1960 up until she retired in 2011. JoAnn loved to go to Kuhnle's every Thursday to have a beer and sit and chat with all the locals. She spent most of her time at her grandchildren's sporting events. She was at every practice and every game; she was their number 1 fan. JoAnn loved to make her famous potato salad for all Kuhnle's Tavern events (mostly Seahawk games). JoAnn was the most kindhearted, beautiful, loving, unselfish, and giving person you would ever meet. She was a remarkable woman who will be deeply missed.

Kuhnle's Tavern will be holding a celebration of life on Saturday July 20, 2019 at 1:30pm. It will be a potluck so please bring your favorite dish, have a drink and celebrate the wonderful woman JoAnn was.


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Sheri Fees

July 15, 2019

Joanne Kuhnle was a very special person. I have many good memories of both Kay and Joanne and sitting “at the round table”. My most cherished memory of Joanne was regarding her kindness. After our son Levi was killed in a car wreck she would stop by and visit us to check on how we were doing and bring us food. I will never forget this kindness In such a low point in our lives. Rest In Peace Joann and condolences to her family on their loss. Brian and Sheri Fees.

John Grobey

July 15, 2019

Kay and JoAnn's 7 acre ranch, is locked into all our memories as nieces and nephews growing up. Kay had a commercial operation right there on their place, with several dog kennels filled with German shorthairs. These were prime retrievers for upland bird hunting, so Kay also had a Pigeon coop, and he would do demonstrations for us kids, by setting out a cage in the field, then whistling the dog up, and timing him with a stopwatch to see how fast he could locate the bird, in all that tall grass. There were several barns on the property, horses and barbed wire fences. When we were in our early teens, Kay would let us ride the old Honda 90 he kept around the farm. One time I was going pretty fast and didn't see a single wire come up right in front of me! I ducked, and it missed me, but it took the shirt right off my back!! This was in the 1960's and gradually all the land around them was filled in with developments and encroaching urban life. The Kuhnle lifestyle we saw in those days, is sadly now a thing mostly of the past. But they celebrated it to the fullest degree, while they were still fairly young and frisky. We would park our cars out in the front pasture, which for a typical Grobey reunion in those days, would be around 50 rigs. Somehow, JoAnn and her sisters Alice, Barb and Norma, would put out enough food to feed twice as many people as the 150 or so we had on hand. Great times---Platinum memories......