Joan Walters Zettell

10 October 2011

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.


5 Comments to “Joan Walters Zettell”

  1. Dear Joan, Here it is April, 2012, two days before Easter, and I miss you so. I always will. You were such a dear friend. I miss our long talks and going shopping and out to lunch and taking classes together here at Lincoln Hills. Every time I think of “walking” I remember how you use to encourage me. I miss your wonderful smile, and your twinkling, beautiful blue eyes. The bluest eyes I ever saw. I have so many precious gifts you gave me over the years which I love owning because they remind me of you and the fun, happy times we had. I hope to see you in Heaven some day and I know I will. Love always from your friend, Dee

  2. I know that you don’t know me, but I lost my Mom this week also. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved one.

  3. Whenever I think of Aunt Joan, a smile runs across my face. I did not have the privaledge to spend a great deal of time with her throughout my life as there was always many miles between our families. But the times I was in her presense, I always felt love from her. She is a beautiful soul that was always so kind and reminded me a great deal of my own mother. Jesus has recieved a great addition to heaven, in Joan Zettell!

  4. Dear Joan:
    My dear Aunt, Godmother. . .you changed this world and my world by the loving kindness that flowed from your heart, by the gentle and caring spirit you always carried with you, by always believing and bringing out the best in others. Your faith, un-ending service to others, and ever-affirming love was a gift to us all! We will miss you so. . . May the Lord welcome you into His holy presence and may the angels rejoice in bringing you to home to join Bud, John, and all of your family already in heaven.

    You GodSon, and Nephew, Michael

  5. Dear Joan..I will miss your beautiful smile and that twinkle in your eyes when I came to visit Susan and you. My crocheted throw has always meant so much to me but now it is even more special. I told you when you handed it to me, the colors remind me of the ocean. Such a kind gesture from a wonderful lady. Wonderful memories..

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