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Poestenkill - On Sunday, January 14, 2024, Joan Mae (Sicley) Zweig, born July 31, 1939, passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her adoring family. She married the love of her life, John Zweig, in June 1966 and they chose a partnership of faith, hope, and love for over 57 years. Joan graduated from Troy High School in 1958 and Russell Sage College in 1962. She taught physical education at South Colonie Middle School, St. Anne’s Institute, and Troy High School. Once she and John became parents, Joan poured her full-time focus into raising, strengthening, and encouraging their children. Joan blessed them by being present in all ways possible as they grew and developed.
Joan lived as an exemplary force among us, quietly moving the world toward goodness through her generous acts of kindness, compassion, humanity, and grace to all around her. There was no better Mommy, Grommy, or Aunt Joanie that has walked this earth. She was uniquely able to make you feel like you were her favorite. All of us have a story that makes us certain we can prove it.
She used her boundless energy to serve her community in many ways. She co-led the Yarns & Yolks 4-H Club and was an unbelievable cook and seamstress. She was active in school and classroom events for all three daughters, and could be found in the stands at every softball, volleyball, cross country, and soccer event and musical or theatrical show. This continued on for her grandchildren’s events, an anchoring face in the crowd for all of them. She hosted a colossal Easter Egg Hunt up on their hill for 38 years many will recall fondly.
Joan was a faithful lifetime member of Grange at West Sand Lake #949 and Brunswick #1337. She was President and member of Poestenkill Historical Society and volunteer at Rensselaer County Historical Society for many decades. She was a devoted and very active member of St. Henry’s Church in Averill Park, and also spent countless hours serving her husband’s church family at Salem United Methodist Church in West Sand Lake. John and Joan’s ecumenical marriage modeled full acceptance, support, cooperation, and compromise rarely demonstrated.
Every Tuesday, you could find Joan at Hi-Way Recreation, laughing with her friends and teammates (the Hi-Way Leisurettes) and clowning around, and doing a little bit of bowling, too. She also loved to golf (team “Huggers”), and until recently could be caught on a sled with her grandchildren barreling down a snow-covered hill. She found a home in nature, and appreciated wildflower and bird identification during hikes. Her teases were tender and her hugs were famous.
Joan is predeceased by her parents, Georgiana and Bertram Sicley, her sister Dorina Sicley, her son-in-law Kerry Hebert, brother-in-law Douglas Clements, and sister-in-law Roberta Ballard (and her husband Charles L. Ballard).
Joan is survived by her husband, John; her sister Elaine Clements, her beloved three daughters, Jennifer (Zweig) Hebert of Starks, ME, Jessica Zweig (Peter Wrenn) of Poestenkill NY, and Janine Zweig (Edwin Corbin) of Averill Park NY; six grandchildren Daniel and Merrill Wrenn, Edward and Joshua Hebert, and Edwin and Clara Mae Corbin; seven nieces and nephews (Karen Gleason, Sandra Reardon, Charles M. Ballard, David Clements, Susan Joan Martin, Russell Clements, and Kelly Murray and all their spouses); many grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, and great grandnephews; and many cherished friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 19, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at St. Henry’s Church, 39 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM at St. Henry’s Church.
Interment will be in Brookside Cemetery Barberville.
In lieu of flowers, loved ones are encouraged to send donations to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, St. Henry's Church, PO Box 550, Averill Park, NY 12018 or Salem United Methodist Church, PO Box 475, West Sand Lake, NY 12196. We recommend using the brycefuneralhome.com website to share or send condolences, light a candle, view videos or for service directions.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights NY 10598
St. Henry's Church
PO Box 550, Averill Park NY 12018
Salem United Methodist Church
PO Box 475, West Sand Lake NY 12196