Joyce Ann Zinninger

Born: Fri., Jun. 29, 1934
Died: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 02, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 02, 2019
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Thu., Jan. 03, 2019
Location: First Baptist Church

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Joyce Ann (Wheeler) Zinninger
Joyce Ann (Wheeler) Zinninger, age 84, went to be
with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, December
29, 2018, at Heritage House. She was born on June 29,
1934, in Kankakee, Illinois, the daughter of the late
Howard A. and Eva (Donaldson)
Joyce grew up in Momence,
Illinois, a small town on the fast
flowing Kankakee River. She
graduated Momence Community
High School in 1952 and Wheaton
College in 1956 obtaining a B.A.
in Christian Education. Throughout
her educational career, Joyce
taught release time Bible classes in
Giles County, Virginia, worked at the Chicago Heights
Community Center in Christian Studies, served at
Bethel Baptist Church in Bible Ministry, and finished
her teaching career at the Chicago Salem Christian
School teaching pre-kindergarten for 13 years. In the
Fall of 1999, she moved to Cortland, N.Y., and in 2007,
moved to North East, Pa. While residing in the North
East community, Joyce enjoyed spending time with
her family, friends, attending the First Baptist Church
Tuesday night prayer group, and beautiful sunsets.
Her greatest accomplishments in life was knowing
Jesus, family, music, and teaching children. Joyce will
be missed by all her knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband,
Rev. William Luther Zinninger.
Joyce is survived by her daughter, Claudia “CJ”
Klecan and her husband Rev. Bob Klecan; a brother,
Ralph Wheeler (Mary) of Kankakee, Ill.; a sister, Linda
Koets (Duane) of Texas; grandchildren, Leila Nicole
and Josiah; great-grandchild, Jelahni; and several
nieces and nephews and great-nieces and greatnephews.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral
Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Wednesday
from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and are invited to
attend a funeral service on Thursday at 11 a.m., at
the First Baptist Church, 43 South Lake Street, North
East. Co-officiating are Rev. Robert Klecan and Rev.
Vince Seen. Private interment will be held at Union
Cemetery, Edmeston, New York.
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