JoAnne Adam Krainoff

Las Vegas, NV – JoAnne Adam Krainoff, 84, died December 12, 2020, at home with her family after a short illness. She was born November 21, 1936 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Paul J. and Dorothy (McDonnell) Adam.

JoAnne graduated from Grosse Ile High School, Class of 1955, and from Eastern Michigan University. She married Warren (Bill) Boyer of Trenton and they had four children. Her careers included teaching in Michigan and Connecticut and as an administrative assistant in the San Francisco Bay Area. She married George Krainoff in 1984 and they have lived in Las Vegas for 20 years.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Erik Boyer and her grandson, Alexander Hudspeth. Surviving, in addition to her husband, George Krainoff, are daughters Sandi Quaglieri and her husband Paul of Conifer, CO, Lisa Boyer and her husband Lance Silva of El Dorado Hills, CA, and Kim Kifer of San Diego, CA; four grandchildren, Sarah Boyer, Forrest Hudspeth, Jake and Riley Kifer; one great-granddaughter, Brayden Clark; one sister Ardel Nelson of Naples, FL; one brother Jack Adam of San Francisco.  The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

JoAnne volunteered from 1985 to 1995 on Peninsula Suicide Prevention Organization’s hotline. She loved travel and discovering new cultures. She traveled widely on several continents. Her most recent highlight was seeing China, the Yangtze River, and the Great Wall. She also loved movies and was known for her annual Academy Award Party.  As an educator, she stressed the importance of education and was proud that her daughters are all college graduates. A life-long learner herself, she took courses offered for seniors through UNLV.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Serenity Hospice for their thoughtful and generous care of JoAnne during her illness.

Those who want to remember JoAnne in a special way may make gifts in her memory to a charity of your choice or, dear to JoAnne’s heart,  The National Suicide Prevention Organization listing Lisa Boyer ( as next of kin.

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  • Lisa Boyer (Daughter)
    December 29, 2020 9:53 pm

    Thank you Mom. You were the best mother a daughter could have.
    Thank you for visiting me in the hospital twice a day even though you had a full-time job and 3 other kids at home who needed you.
    Thank you for knowing when something was wrong just by hearing it in my voice, even before I was willing to admit it.
    Thank you for all the fun we had on our travels. I will cherish those memories with a smile. Filling our pockets with bread and cheese from the breakfast buffet to have a picnic later with a bottle of wine. Writing in our journals at the end of the day with our martini’s, dirty, extra olives! Running to catch a bus or boat, laughing all the way. Meeting so many lovely people in pubs, especially the boy that reminded you of Erik in Killorglin, Ireland. He even played the piano for you.
    Thank you for always remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and all other life events that offer a Hallmark Card! You never forgot a special occasion.
    Thank you for not getting mad at me when I rode my bike in front of you as a kid and you fell and broke your arm.
    Thank you for laughing while reminding me every year on my birthday that I “ripped you to shreds ___ years ago” One of Joan Rivers best quotes on motherhood “Don’t tell your kids you had an easy birth or they won’t respect you. For years I used to wake up my daughter and say, ‘Melissa you ripped me to shreds. Now go back to sleep.'”

    Thank you for letting Sandi, Kim and I fight over you, but never admitting who your favorite was!
    You will be missed and loved forever. XOXO Lisa (your favorite daughter – HA HA)

  • Karen Fisher Schoknecht
    December 29, 2020 11:08 pm

    I was a young teenage neighbor on Ribbon Street when I met JoAnne. She trusted me to care for the Boyer children as a babysitter. I was always impressed by her humor and energy. As I entered college and trained to be a teacher, JoAnne invited me to join her in the classroom. She had been hired for a new summer pre-kindergarten program in San Mateo. Every day that summer, we would drive to the site together, chatting all the way, and spend the morning introducing young children to school. JoAnne was so creative, positive and fun. It was truly inspiring to be in her classroom. In fact, I went on to teach young children for 41 years, the last 18 in kindergarten. I am forever grateful to have had a role model like JoAnne.
    To all the Boyer “kids”: The Fisher “kids” share your grief and wish you peace.

    • Thank you so much Karen for your kind words and memories. Sandi, Erik, Kim and I all have/had fond memories of growing up in Foster City with The Fisher’s, The Chan’s, The Senn’s, and the Hennes Family.
      My Mom LOVED Teaching and loved kids. I’m sure she enjoyed mentoring you as well. I’m glad she influenced you and helped in a small way to your successful 41 years of teaching!
      Lisa Boyer

  • Kimberly Kifer
    December 30, 2020 2:34 am

    JoAnne is my mother and has been my cheerleader for life. She lived her life with such an energy and light. I will miss her dearly and her never ending support and guidance. I will miss the twinkle in her eyes when she smiled. I plan to live out her legacy by encouraging and guiding my sons. I will look at life with positivity as she did. I will always be proud to be called JoAnne’s daughter.

  • Audrey Sluiter & Charlie Jones
    December 30, 2020 2:37 am

    We met JoAnne through George, her husband. Charlie & I are racking our brains as to what house & location; we believe in Belmont that we met. I’m sure George knows. JoAnne seemed like such a sweet lady with a beautiful personality.

    Love & Sympathy to the entire family. ❤️

  • Joanne was there beautiful mother to my lifelong friend, Lisa Boyer. I can see where Lisa inherited so many of her wonderful qualities.

    Thank you for giving us such a wonderful friend in life. Rest In Peace Miss Joanne.

  • We share your sorrow. We know she will be greatly missed

  • george,
    We share your sorrow. We know she will be greatly missed

  • Alfred Lojacono
    December 31, 2020 4:39 pm

    I was with George when we met Joanne. I knew from the start she was a special lady and would make a great partner for George. She will be missed.

  • Such a lovely lady. I will remember all the trips we took with George and Joanne. The trip to Paris was great fun. Vince and I will miss her so much in Las Vegas. Josette, Len, Jim Imbrianni and Mary will take care of George for her and the girls.

  • Theresa Anderson (Hennes)
    December 31, 2020 7:43 pm

    I lived 3 house down from the Boyers on Ribbon Street in Foster City. JoAnne was always a very pleasant and energetic woman and mother. She was always so friendly with my mom too. I will remember her always, and you Boyer girls: Sandy, Lisa, and Kim. I used to babysit all of you. Take care and cherish your mother forever.

    • Lisa+Boyer+(Daughter)
      January 15, 2021 5:37 pm

      Thank you so much Theresa. Your family was a big part of our childhood on Ribbon Street in Foster City. We have such fond memories of growing up there and all the great families on the street.
      Thank you also for the letter you wrote. I appreciate it so much!
      Lisa Boyer

  • When I think of JoAnne, I see her genuine warmth and bright smile!  Whether it was one of Jo and George’s football parties in Foster City or Jo’s holiday parties always serving Honey Baked hams, she was the “hostess with the mostest”, and always added a touch of class to any event, just by being present.   She loved her family deeply and was a great mother, partner and always a good friend who will be forever in our hearts.  So whenever I see the brightest star in the night sky, I’ll think of my dear friend Jo.  Love you, Jo.

  • Dennis Wood & Helen Hebert
    January 2, 2021 10:11 pm

    George, you are a lucky man to have had JoAnne as your wife and friend. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts during this difficult time.

    • Thank you so much Dennis and Helen. George was very lucky, but JoAnne was so lucky too. George took EXCELLENT care of JoAnne in her final years. We are so grateful!

  • As the daughters should know, I had a lot of respect and love for JoAnne. There is not many
    women who would take the time and effort to make sure her former mother in law needs were met. She will be missed by us all.

    • Thank you Steve. We all have great memories of our time in Michigan. They may not have been all fun and games, but it was wonderful to see how family can all come together to help each other when needed, even from clear across the country.
      Hugs to you and your family.

  • Stephen Hayes
    January 4, 2021 3:42 pm

    I tried sending a note Sunday, but it didn’t go through. I always admired your mother for taking care that Aunt Berny needs were met. God bless and may we meet again.

  • Josette and Len Brink
    February 23, 2021 3:26 am

    It took me this long to write something. My husband Len and I were such big fans of Joanne.
    We adored her positive attitude about everything. We both enjoyed her friendship so much, and it “blossomed” even more when we moved to Las Vegas. She was a very “classy” and very smart lady. She was a pleasure to be around and we will always “treasure” the friendship we had with her. RIP Sweet JoAnne.


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