Joan J. Zell

Joan J. Zell, 76, of West Union and formerly of Hawkeye, died Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center in West Union.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Lima Cemetery at a later date. 

Joan Joyce, daughter of Joe and Clotildis (Goerend) Noel was born November 26, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended country school in rural Hawkeye and would later receive her G.E.D. from N.I.C.C. Joan was united in marriage with Lloyd Zell in West Union in 1958. To this union four children were born, Deb, Scott, Andy, and Jennifer. The couple would later divorce. Joan lived in Hawkeye for most of her life and worked at Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union for thirty years retiring on November 3, 2010. In 2014, she moved to West Union. She was a long time member of St. Francis Xavier in Hawkeye and most recently was a member of the United Methodist Church in West Union. Joan enjoyed scrabble, word games, crafting, collecting clowns, but most especially enjoyed spending time with her special friend, Russell Jones.

Joan is survived by her four children, Deb (Dale) Deuell of Plainfield, Scott Zell of Hawkeye, Andy (Alicia) Zell of Hammond, Louisiana, and Jennifer Jensen of West Union; seven grandchildren, C. J. Eggers, Amanda (Stephen) Pfeil, Travis Jensen, Aaron Zell, Austin Zell, Brian Jensen, and Emily Jensen; her mother, Clotildis Noel of West Union; and one brother, Don Noel of St. Paul, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Noel.


Dianna Bass on February 2, 2018 at 2:08 PM said:

Scott and Austin, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Joan's classmates at North High School on January 15, 2018 at 7:53 PM said:

Our sympathy to the family of Joan. We were glad to get
to know her and have her as a classmate with the school
consolidation. Speaking for all of us, it brings sadness
to think of the loss. It is good to know about her raising
a family, and her work at the hospital. As school students,
we thought we would live forever. How fast time goes.
God bless and bring comfort to Joan's loved ones.
Mary Roach (Webber), message secretary.
Andy Zell on January 10, 2018 at 12:30 PM said:

We all so loved this Mother, Daughter, Sister, Grandmother and Friend. We will surely miss her daily and forever.
Yvonne Eide on January 5, 2018 at 6:29 PM said:

Donna Kasel on January 5, 2018 at 4:33 PM said:

I’m sorry for your families loss.. I knew Joan when I worked at Palmer Hospital.. She was a very dedicated employee and a nice person to know..
Marla Jenkins on January 4, 2018 at 5:59 PM said:

Joan was my Supervisor when I worked at Palmer Hospital. Her and I became very good friends. She was a marvel at crossword puzzles! My sympathy to all ??
Susan Schrage Schmit on January 4, 2018 at 2:24 PM said:

Am so sorry for the loss of your mom, Scott. I enjoyed working with her. Always a happy girl!!
Connie (Ferson) Miller on January 4, 2018 at 2:03 PM said:

One of my best school friends. Enjoyed riding the bus from Hawkeye to North High together when we were juniors.
CJ Eggers on January 4, 2018 at 11:35 AM said:

G’ma Joanie. I will miss our daily conversations via Scrabble. I will miss the way you were able to keep Joe Lewis on his toes and go head to head with him in witty banter. You were a wonderfully sassy lady and will miss you dearly. RIP.
Clarice Fuller on January 4, 2018 at 9:57 AM said:

Dear Clo and Don, You have my deepest sympathy.

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