Joan A. Thiel age 90 died March 16, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 28, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, a daughter of the late Herman and Johanna (Worter) Schwierkert and had lived in this area for the past 8 years.
Joan was a lifetime member of the PTA and was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a den mother for the Boy Scouts and a leader for the Girl Scouts when her children were growing up. While living in VA, Joan volunteered at Hospice and was also integral in starting the library for the VA Prison System where she obtained books for the inmates. She was a scrabble fanatic and loved reading, gardening and animals; raising baby raccoons a number of times. Joan enjoyed traveling, she traveled across the U.S. and Europe 3 times.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her half brother Donald Schwierkert. She is survived by her children Warren (Colleen Balkin) Thiel of Murray NY, Wayne (Louellen) Thiel of Norwich NY, LuAnn (Robin) Roberts of Kent NY; grandchildren Matthew, Andrew, Jacob, Daniel, Tracey, Emily; 11 great-grandchildren, many friends, her special care givers and scrabble protégés.
Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion, NY.