Joan Ellen Ziegler

4 July, 19378 April, 2021

Joan E. Ziegler, 83, passed away on April 8, 2021, comforted and surrounded by her children. She was born in Jewett City on July 4, 1937, to Louis and Ellen (Dawley) Cyr. Joan grew up in Jewett City and graduated from Griswold High School. After graduation she worked for Dr. Frederick Barrett in Jewett City for several years. On February 20, 1960, she married Robert P. Ziegler at St. Mary’s Church in Jewett City. Robert and Joan settled down in Montville, having 7 children.

After raising her children, Joan went to work within the Montville School system, starting at Mohegan School, working at Tyl Middle School, and ending at Dr. Charles E. Murphy School in Oakdale. She loved the interaction with both teachers and students, and truly enjoyed going to school every day. She retired in 2010 after 19 years, and then continued at the school volunteering her time for an additional 9 years. She cherished the friendships she made and these lasted well beyond her time at the school. In her spare time, she loved to read, do puzzles and word searches, play candy crush and most of all enjoyed her gossip magazines. She was also an avid fan of the UCONN Women’s Basketball program. Her favorite activity, however, was spending time with her family, especially watching her grandchildren participate in sporting events, recitals or other functions.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; son, Edward; and daughter, Susan. Her survivors include 5 children and 8 grandchildren, with a great granddaughter on the way. Her survivors are Robert M. Ziegler and his wife, Linda of Portland, CT; Louis Ziegler and his wife, Jeanette of Oakdale, CT; Mary Ellen Cardello and her husband, Jack of Old Saybrook, CT; Patricia Birtles and her husband, Scott of Cranston, RI; and Jennifer Bishop and her fiancé, Edward Clesowich of Uncasville, CT. Grandchildren are Matt Ziegler, Michele Coonan, Nicholas Birtles, Jordan Birtles, Sydnie Ziegler, Ryan Ziegler, Alexa Cardello, and Edward L. Clesowich.

The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to the nursing staff on A3 at Backus Hospital. Your care and compassion for Joan was amazing. In addition, a special thanks to Jen and Ed for your efforts to care for mom over the years and allow her to remain at home.

There will be no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John’s Church, 22 Maple Ave in Montville on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10 am. There will be a private family burial. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made in her name to Dr. Charles E. Murphy School Activity Fund, 500 Chesterfield Road, Oakdale CT 06370 to support and assist children in need.

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The Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen is assisting with arrangements.



  • Fuenral Mass

    Tuesday, 20 April , 2021


  • Burial


Joan Ellen Ziegler

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Eleanor Matuszewski

13 April 2021

Sending condolences to the entire Ziegler family. Fond memories of Holly Hill, and your family.

Elizabeth Roberge

11 April 2021

Lou, Sydnie, Ryan and entire family,
I was heartbroken to hear of Mrs. Ziegler's passing. I loved her very much and will forevermore miss her. I will keep fond memories of her in my heart.
May God bless you all in your time of need.
Love, Elizabeth

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