Joan Zak Graham, 61

Joan Zak Graham, 61, of Shenango Twp. Wampum died on  Friday, February 22, 2013 at her residence following a short illness.

Born September 9, 1951 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late Theodore J. and Shirley M. Fortney Zak.

Joan graduated from Shenango High School in 1969 and from the Lawrence County Career Technical Center as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She formerly worked at the Haven Convalescent Home in New Castle and the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Home in New Wilmington.  Joan was a member of the Chewton Polish White Eagles where she enjoyed playing on their pool team.  She was a former member of the American Legion and the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Michelle J. Singer of Boardman, Ohio; son, Theodore M. Graham of Wampum; four sisters, Linda (Gary) Mayberry of Shenango Twp., Shirley (Daniel) Milnes of Beaver Falls, Barbara (Mark) DePietro of Shenango Twp., Theodora (Carl) Stephenson of Shenango Twp., granddaughter, Sasha (Michael) Dicicco of Conway, PA; great-granddaughter, Alexandra Dicicco; fiancé, Carl R. Parks of Ellwood City; her former husband, Norman “Buzz” Graham of Vermont, and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Mae Zak.

Visiting hours will be held on  Tuesday February 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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6 thoughts on “Joan Zak Graham, 61

  1. Over the past few years I was able to reconnect with your mother.
    We would laugh about things that went on at Helen’s . I will miss those conversations.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Steve Mora

  2. I send my deepest sympathy to the family of Joan. I will treasure the memories I have from the years we worked at the Haven. She was an example of the kind of nurse I could be, patient, kind and compassionate. I will remember Joan with a smile on her face and the bounce in her step as she walked down the halls. Sincerely, Michelle Ferrucci

  3. Joan and her son helped me and my dad work through the loneliness that came with the passing of my mother 30 years ago. I was able to reconnect with her following my dad’s passing. Best wishes to her family and friends – God’s speed Joan.

    Mike K

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