Kelly Jean Joanino

Jul 6, 1984 - Sep 14, 2021


Kelly Jean Joanino (née Goetz), a resident of Elk Grove, California, passed away peacefully September 14, 2021, at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Hospital following a drowning accident.

Kelly was born July 6, 1984 in Atlanta, Georgia, the firstborn of Jim and Chris (Wanamaker) Goetz. She was raised in Alpharetta, Georgia, alongside her three siblings: Jamie, Clay, and Cole. In early years spent with her sister, Jamie, who is only 14 months younger, the two were inseparable. Gifted in her studies, Kelly graduated from North Springs High School as a member of the magnet program in math, science, and performing arts and also participated in dance. After graduation, she moved to California, where she met her best friend and love of her life, Chris Joanino, whom she married on Aug 31, 2012, at Wente Vineyards Winery in Livermore, CA. She was a devoted mother to their two young daughters, Ryleigh and Daphne. Kelly was a passionate advocate for her children and opened her home as a safe space for friends, family, and anyone who needed comfort or support.

She championed her two brothers’ hopes and dreams, supporting Clay as he left for law school, and traveling across California to watch Cole play baseball through his high school and college years. In her working life, Kelly was an indispensable part of the organizations she joined, giving the best of her energy, leading engaged teams, and driving measurable success. Kelly had a knack for building community and brightening lives everywhere she went. Whether in her neighborhoods, among friends online, or on the cul-de-sac she called home, Kelly brought out the light in others and forged friendships and communities of lasting bonds. Anyone who knew Kelly for more than a few minutes invariably shared an inside joke or moment of joy to be recalled at their next meeting. She loved spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, and mountain biking with family and friends.

At the end of her life, Kelly received an Honor Walk from doctors, nurses, and hospital workers to commemorate her final act of kindness and love: giving life to another through her choice years ago to be an organ donor.

Kelly leaves behind a loving and devoted family. Survivors include her husband Chris Joanino, their two daughters, Ryleigh and Daphne, and two husky puppies, Jedi and Kyro, her parents Chris Goetz, Jim Goetz and wife Joy, siblings Jamie Goetz, Clay Goetz, and Cole Goetz. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, who all loved her dearly, also mourn Kelly’s loss, along with her parents-in-law Bernie and Fernando Joanino, and her husband’s siblings and their spouses, Dino and Anna Joanino, Jerome and Joesel Joanino, and their extended family. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Lee and Juanita Goetz, and Francis Patrick and Elizabeth Wanamaker.

Family and friends are invited to pay respects at a viewing at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park and Cemetery, 9189 East Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove, CA 95624, 916-732-2031, on Sunday, Sept 26 from 1 to 4PM and Monday, Sept 27 from 5 to 8PM. A Memorial Service celebrating Kelly’s life will be on Saturday, Oct 2 at 2PM at Sorrento at Dublin Ranch Clubhouse, 4800 Perugia Way, Dublin, CA 94568. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Kelly Joanino to Girls Inc.


  • Danilo Yu says:

    Our deepest condolences and prayers, my the soul of Kelly rest in eternal peace with our Lord forever..🙏❤😪🙏❤😪🙏❤😪

  • Dorie💝 says:

    May Kelly Rest in Peace

  • Judith Madrid says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Joanino family especially to Cris and children. May Kelly’s soul rest in peace

  • Nel Mitra-Marquez says:

    Our deepest condolences to Chris, their 2 kids and the entire family of Chris and Kelly!

    Rest in peace Kely!
    You will be missed!

  • Marie Antoinette Tomenbang says:

    My deepest most heartfelt condolences are with you & your family.

  • Linda Staggs says:

    Sweet Kelly, I will miss you and your smile and your laughter and your goofball sense of humor. I will miss all of your creative and caring and crazy ways with your girls. I will miss the enthusiasm you threw at everything you did. Mostly, I will miss my daughter’s best friend, truly the other half of her for all these years. You left us too soon.

  • Michael Varady says:

    My deepest sympathy my friend. At this previous young lady Rest In Peace.

  • Ed Willhide says:

    Love, hugs and prayers for your family, Kelly, from Modesto. You will be in our hearts forever.

  • Fernando & Bernie says:

    We love Kelly so much and all our hearts are broken. She dearly touched our lives in so many positive ways and she will be missed deeply.
    Kelly will always live in our hearts and be remember every now and then.

  • Maliyah says:

    I didn’t know Kelly but I knew her long enough to feel the pain. May she R.I.P fly high 🪦 u will always be loved.

  • Chloe Johnson says:

    I never met Kelly but I’m friends with her daughter and I have heard great things about her and that she is an amazing person. Rest in peace.

  • Ryleigh J. says:

    Kelly was the best mom I could ever have she made my life so much fun and made me so happy even though we had disagreements here and there but she so funny, kind, and she was just so happy to go to Greek this year but she never go to go and she bought the coolest/funniest clothing for the trip. R.I.P Kelly J.

  • Karen Galat says:

    I’m devastated to learn of your passing Kelly. You were a bright star at work, an advocate for all children, you loved your husband, children and family. May you watch peacefully from above and know how much you were loved. Condolences to your family. ❤️

  • Kayleigh says:

    Even though me and kelly have never talked full on conversations, I was friends with her eldest daughter and I could still tell she was one amazing mother two both her daughters. I’ve heard many good things about this women. May her family have my condolences. May Kelly rest in peace.

  • Grace Ben-Ezra says:

    I never met Kelly, but I know her Aunt Helen and through her, I know how much Kelly was loved by anyone who had the good fortune to meet her. She was clearly the light in everyone’s life and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace dear Kelly.

  • Thom Lang says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you Jim and the entire family

  • Barbara Bolton says:

    Jim and family, sending you sincerest condolences for your loss. May God be with you and your family at this time and always.

  • Becky Wehr says:

    It seems that God needed one of His brightest stars on earth to shine from above. We have loved being your neighbor and will miss your sweet spirit. Prayers for all of your family (and your cul-de-sac family). We love and miss you all. Tony & Becky Wehr

  • Louie Awwad says:

    Deeply saddened by this news, although I didn’t know Kelly personally. I worked with her husband Chris, and when I heard the news today my heart broke for him and his girls.

    Chris my heart and prayers are with you and your entire family. Godspeed my friend and if there is anything I can do please feel free to reach out to me.

    God bless

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