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Joan Lenora (Schaack) Zarro

July 8, 1940 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Joan (Schaack) Zarro Obituary

Joan Lenora (Schaack) Zarro, 83, of Troy, Michigan passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2024.

A true matriarch, devoted wife, loving mother, and dedicated teach all remember.

Joan was born, Joan Lenora Schaack, and raised in the rural area of Henry, South Dakota on July 8, 1940 to the late Albert and Henrietta Schaack. She grew up on a farm and attended a one room schoolhouse in her youth. Joan was always a firm believer in education and received her two year Certificate at General Beadle College in Madison, SD.  She taught elementary school in Rapid City, South Dakota and then parochial school in Detroit, Michigan. She then obtained her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State university in Detroit, and later went back to obtain her master’s degree at Wayne State University. She spent her career teaching elementary education.

She married the love of her life, John Zarro, on November 24, 1961. She was always easy going, compassionate, and fun loving. She was a true care giver herself, always putting others before herself. In her free time, she always loved to travel and go on road trips and always had a special place in her heart for her roots in South Dakota.

Joan was lively, kind, and patient. All great characteristics of an elementary school teacher. She was dedicated to teaching and her students. She was well loved by all who knew her, and was truly a light that shined brightly on the paths of those who were blessed to cross her path.

Beloved wife of John Zarro for 62 years. Loving mother of Jeffrey Zarro (Erin) and Jennifer Zarro. Dear sister of Joyce McGillivary (Marv), Jolene Schaack, Jean “Buck” Schaack (Vicky), Jeffrey Schaack (Jamie), and the late Jerry Schaack, the late Jack Schaack (Sandra), and the late James Schaack (Faye).

A memorial service will be held at Graceland Church and Cemetery in the spring.   

Arrangements by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors www.desmondfuneralhome.com Troy, Michigan

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