Joan Walters Zettell
May 14, 1935 to October 7, 2011
Called to Heaven on October 7, 2011 after a long illness, Joan will always be remembered as a kind, generous and optimistic person who was loved and admired by many. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she met and married the love of her life, Bud Zettell, who passed away in 2004. They lived in France and many places across the U.S during their 51 years of marriage.
Joan was a devoted wife and most loving mother to her five children (Susan, Kaye, Tom, John and Peggy), seven grandchildren (Sierra, John Patrick, Katie, Kelly, Kristen, Meghan and Aubrey) and four great-grandchildren (Tommy, Luke, Markus and Jessica). She was a favorite aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
Joan was an ace bridge player who enjoyed traveling, meeting new people, and frequenting casinos. She lived each day in the present, took time to smell the roses and saw the beauty in each person. Joan embraced Catholicism at the age of twelve and taught religious instruction at various times throughout her life, most recently at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lincoln, CA. Joan was always giving to others and was known for her deep spirituality and ever-present positive outlook. She was a confidant to many and was often called upon by others to pray for them in their time of need. Joan was a passionate collector of angel pins and angel art for many years and is now our angel in Heaven.Friends are invited to attend and share fond memories at a Memorial Service and Celebration of Joan’s life at 4:00 p.m. this Friday, October 14, 2011 at Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel in Rocklin, CA. A memorial mass will be held in her honor at a later date.