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“Kathy O'Brien Mischler sent me the information about Joan. Just wanted you to know how sad I was to hear. I know that your family was very closely...Read More »
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“I was so sorry to learn of Joan's passing. She was the sweetest lady and I will always remember her kindness and some laughs in our backyards. She...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Lynn Schroeder - Menasha, WI

“So sorry to learn of Joan's death. She will live on in our memories of many happy times with her. ”
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“My deepest sympathies in losing Joan. I worked with her in Accounting at the Washington St plant when it was American Can. We had a great group at...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Leslee Gardinier (Mickelson) - WI

“"The community of St. Mary Catholic High School sends its thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Joan Mary Zelinski, a member of the class of 1946...Read More »
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“We were saddened to hear of the passing of Joan. Many great memories on Fire Lane #4. Our condolences to the family. We will all be together someday...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Pat & Wanda OBrien - Neenah, WI


Joan Mary Zelinski, 89, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at St. Paul Elder Services. Joan was born on February 21, 1928 to Thomas and Thekla (Suess) Zelinski in Menasha. She attended and graduated from St. Mary's grade school and high school. Joan started in the office at Marathon Paper Company and retired after 40 years from James River. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening, golfing and bowling. Joan liked to listen to the Brewers on the radio and loved her dog Missy. She took a special interest in her nieces and nephews and was a God mother to many of them. Many special times were spent during the summer at the family cottage on the lake. Joan was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church and was very active in her church. Joan is survived by her sister Mary Lou Murphy, her brother Paul (Pat) Zelinski, sisters-in-law; Katherine Zelinski, Patricia Zelinski, and Judy Zelinski, 19 nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, other relatives and friends. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers; Robert, William and David Zelinski, a brother-in-law John Murphy and a nephew. The funeral liturgy will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:30 AM at ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 528 Second St., Menasha with Fr. Paul Paider officiating. A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the church. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com. Memorials may be made to Affinity Hospice or St. Paul Elder Services.