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Joan Geilfuss Mills

Joan Geilfuss Mills
  • January 8, 1927 - December 11, 2019
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“I knew Joan over several years when I taught at Santa Monica College during the time she was Chair of the Music Department there. She was a wonderful...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Scott Smith - Lawrence, KS

“Charles, Gemma, and Justin, My prayers are with you. What a beautiful lady she was. She is with your Mom/ Dad, and Vance.Loves and Hugs,Joanie ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Joanie Paulling - Folly Beach, SC

“Justin, Charles, and Gemma - I am so terribly saddened to read that Joan has passed away. I hold dear so many warm memories of her, in particular her...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Don a Maria LaBrasca - Charleston, SC

“Joan with her brother, Charlie, were among my first friends when I moved to Franke. They were gracious and extremely helpful to me, something for...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Helen Dolan - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Joan Geilfuss was my first piano teacher in the 1960's and her marvelous teaching has had an impact on my entire life. I have taught piano and organ...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Jan Pesavento - Charleston, SC


Joan Geilfuss Mills, 92, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Joan was the daughter of Charles J. Geilfuss, Sr. and Marguerite Westbury Geilfuss. Her brother, Charles J. Geilfuss, Jr. MD., preceded her in death.

She is survived by her nephew, Charles J. Geilfuss III, MD (Debbie), her nieces Gemma Grady and Justin Petersen, grandnephew Carl A. Geilfuss and grandnieces Lindsay Grady Workman (Steven), Jesse Grady, Alexandra Petersen, Anna Geilfuss and Jensy Geilfuss.

Joan was a graduate of Bishop England High School (1944), the College of Charleston (1948) and Columbia University Master's Degree in Music (1957). Over the years, she taught and performed at Humboldt State University, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, and the University of Oklahoma. In 1975, Joan joined the faculty of Santa Monica College as head of the Piano Program and for eight years was Chairman of the Music Department.

Joan retired from teaching at 80 and in 2005 returned to Charleston to be near her brother and other family. She gave her last piano performance for the residents of the Franke retirement community on her 88th birthday, entitled "88 on 88".

There will be a private family ceremony and interment at Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens.