Zacheis, Joan M., baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection December 23, 2021. Born December 5, 1933, to the late Paul E. and Mary Zacheis. Sister to Paul R. (Carolyn) of Locust Grove, VA, and the late Kathleen (Bill) Kennebeck. Beloved Aunt to Jennifer Kennebeck, Scott (Jill) Kennebeck, Brian (Rhonda) Kennebeck, Colleen (Ben) Edmonson, and Megan Kennebeck in St. Louis and Elaine (Joe) Zacheis of Mesa, Arizona; Paula (George) Graziano of Auburn, CA; Marc Zacheis of Endicott, NY; Erika (David) Herman of Catonsville, MD. Great-Aunt to Emily, Christopher, Nicholas and Isabel Kennebeck; Hopper and Cashel Edmonson; Alex and Nick Graziano; Joe and Carly Zacheis; and Grace and Maddie Herman. Godmother and friend to many.
Joan was a lifelong member of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, graduating grade school in 1948. She attended St. Mark’s High School and graduated in 1952. Joan found her niche as an Executive Assistant at Monsanto, retiring in January 1992. She traveled extensively prior to retiring and cared for her parents in their declining years. Yearly trips to Six Flags along with a summer getaway with her nieces and nephews were on her agenda each year. Movie trips (with contraband snacks in her purse) were regular occurrences.
Joan volunteered at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center and the Alzheimer’s Association for many years and provided rides to appointments for others through Lindenwood Senior Services. She loved dogs and all empty medicine bottles were routinely delivered to Stray Rescue.
Joan was a charter member of her group of friends who call themselves the “Unclaimed Treasures” and continued to keep up with her friends from Monsanto, Epiphany grade school, and St. Mark’s HS, always eager to hear what was going on with each of them.
The family is grateful to the staff at Evelyn’s House for taking care of Joan and us in her final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Evelyn’s House (BJC Hospice), the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, or Mother of Good Counsel Home preferred.
Memorial Mass to be held at 12:30 PM, Friday, January 7, 2022, at Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, with luncheon to follow.