Joan E. Zekas, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away on 12/2/18. She was the daughter of Nell & Peter Zekas of Forty Fort, PA. Joan is survived by her loving family: brother Gerald Zekas, (Arline), nieces Cheryl Zekas, Godchild Cynthia Sharp (Jason), Caryn Hendricksen (Bill); also great nieces Amber Lane, Aleena Lane (daughter Rayna), Marissa Hendricksen and great nephew Dylan Hendricksen. She was pre-deceased by her loving life companion of 35 years, Joseph Hogan, who was a nuclear engineer.
Joan was born in Wilkes Barre, PA. She was the granddaughter of four Lithuanian immigrants. She was baptized in Holy Trinity Church in Wilkes Barre and attended Meade St Grade School. Joan's family relocated to Forty Fort where graduated from Forty Fort HS. She treasured many friendships there. Joan & her college friends Mary McGinley Dixon, Margaret Reinerd O'Malley were the Three Musketeers of College Misericordia where she graduated with a degree in Child Welfare. She later graduated from St Louis U with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Joan had a 31 year career as a social worker, first with Catholic Social Services and then @ West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh where she worked in pediatrics and the burn unit.
Joan volunteered for various children's agencies: as a counselor with Jr. Catholic Daughters, at the Blind School for Children, CCD teacher, tutor @ Beginning with Books program and @ Toner Institute. She enjoyed writing, especially reminiscent and children's stories some of which were published in magazines and books. She was a long-term moderator of the Scribes in Pittsburgh and she cherished the many friendships with her co-writers.
Internment @ Mt Olivet Cemetery in Carverton, PA will take place on Monday, December 10th.