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Joan Elizabeth Tanzie

June 3, 1941 — October 30, 2022

Joan Elizabeth Tanzie slipped away peacefully from this life on October 30, 2022, at 11:15 a.m. at Raintree Assisted Living in Syracuse, Utah. Joan was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on June 3, 1941, to Frank and Vera Rasky but later moved to Ohio where she and her younger sister, Suzan, were raised by her mother, Vera, and stepfather, George Winterstine. There, she and her sister learned to work hard on their 48-acre farm and enjoyed spending much time with their grandparents. Iva and Emiel Degenkolb. Joan attended Wayne High School in Bloomingdale, Ohio, where she played the bell lyra in the marching band, was editor of the school newspaper, and sang in the chorus. She was also a phenomenal baton twirler.


As a teenager, Joan joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was an active member throughout her life. Joan met Roger Tanzie and after a courtship of 3 months, they were married on February 3, 1961, in Wintersville, Ohio. Four years later, Joan and Roger were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple, along with their 2 sons, Larry and Kevin. Joan and Roger were married 61 years.


Joan wore many hats-military wife, mother to her boys, piano teacher, choir director, sang with Sweet Adeline’s, drove a school bus for many years, was a CNA, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Music was always an important part of her life. Through her community and church involvement in music, Joan touched lives and influenced so many. She and Roger served in the Nashville Temple as ordinance workers. They also worked tirelessly on their genealogy. Her love of family was evident from all her careful and diligent research.


Joan was a people person. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed being surrounded by people and sharing stories. She loved her sister, Suzan, and always knew she couldn’t have had a better sister. They were best of friends. Her grandchildren always knew they were loved by grandma. She bragged faithfully about their accomplishments and was so proud of each one of them. But Joan’s greatest love was her husband, Roger. She was not complete without him. Roger lovingly cared for her 5 years in their home during the time she suffered from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, and other health issues.


Just 2 months prior to Joan’s passing, her son, Larry, and his wife, Jackie, helped move her and Roger from Clarksville, Tennessee to Utah so they could be closer to family and so that the family could enjoy spending quality time with them and help them take care of them.  Their family is so grateful for the blessing of having this precious time to spend with Joan.


Joan is survived by her husband, Roger Leroy Tanzie, her son, Larry Allen Tanzie (Jackie), her sister, Suzan Logsdon (Bill), 10 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son, Kevin Ross Tanzie, and her parents, Vera and George Winterstine.


Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sand Springs Chapel, 3161 W. 150 N. Layton, Utah.


Interment will take place on Monday, November 7, 2022, at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Utah.






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Saturday, November 5, 2022

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