Saturday, March 22, 2008

JOE (VANI) SHERMAN: 1913 - 2008

Chester and Joe (Vani) Sherman

Joe with Tommy Holbrook at his 94th birthday party.

Before both performances yesterday in Frisco, TX our Ringmaster John Moss made the following announcement:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, the entire cast and crew of the Kelly-Miller Circus would like to dedicate this performance to the memory of Mr. Joe Vani, America's Oldest Circus Clown, who passed away this morning at the age of 94."


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this article. He was truly a great performer. I had the opportunity to talk to Vani via telephone. He was always upbeat and a pleasure to hear from. He will be missed. If you want to send condolences to the family, send it to or call Haase Funeral Home at 1-262-877-3013.

Terese Administrator/Director ICHOF 414-290-0105

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this article:

I had the opportunity to talk via the telephone with this wonderful upbeat man. Vani was truly a great performer and will be missed.

There is a visitation on Sunday March 31st 3-6 pm at Haase Derrick Lockwood Funeral Home 620 Legion Dr Twin Lakes Wisconsin

To send condolences to the family send email to or call 1-262-877-3013...

Terese Administrator/Director ICHOF

Unknown said...

Joe Vani was my great-uncle. I'd love to have any pictures/articles/information on him. I don't have much history so, anything I can learn would be great.

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