Constance Laura “Connie” Koiner, 94, of Asheville, NC passed away on March 29, 2022 after a struggle with lung cancer. Until a month prior to her death she lived independently, and spent the weeks prior to her death being cared for by family and friends.
Connie was born July 29, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Carl Luther Moser and Constance Harding Moser. She received her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in Salem, VA and then married the Rev. J. S. Koiner in 1950. Connie spent a large portion of her life in Virginia, especially in Lynchburg, prior to moving to Asheville to be nearer her children.
Connie was a devout member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (ELCA), where she participated in many activities and ministries right up until the end. She was also a long-time volunteer of Habitat for Humanity.
Connie is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. J. S. Koiner, Jr., and her sister, Edith Florence Buzzell.
She is survived by two children, Carl Koiner of Candler, NC, and Laura S. Walters (Scott), of Asheville, NC; four grandchildren, Laura R. Koiner (Dr. Keith Sheehan) of Lancaster, PA, Francis Koiner (James Park) of Houston, TX; Jacob J. Olbert of Woodland Hills, CA, and Rain Mason Olbert of Albany, NY; three nieces, Susan L. Browning (Kelly) of Alexandria, VA, Barbara Buzzell of Springfield, VA, and Joan Koiner; and two nephews, Robert Buzzell (Sally) of Fairfax, VA, and William Buzzell of Toledo, OH. She also is survived by two great-grand children, Zoe and Audrey Park of Houston, TX.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Asheville, NC on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Matt Smith officiating. Mrs. Koiner’s interment will be in the columbarium at St. Marks’ Lutheran Church. Memorials can be made in Connie’s honor to St. Mark’s Benevolent Foundation, 10 Liberty St., Asheville, NC 28801 or to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, 33 Meadow Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.
A special thanks to the staff of Four Seasons Hospice for the outstanding care Connie and her family received during a difficult time