Joan M. Thiel79, St. James member, active volunteer

By on February 22, 2012

Joan M. (Maiers) Thiel, 79, of Lititz, died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at United Zion Home in Lititz.

She was born May 18, 1932 in La Grange Ill., the daughter of the late Matthias and Clara (Weber) Maiers.

After graduating from Nazareth Academy in La Grange in 1950, she worked as a secretary for Commonwealth-Edison in Chicago for four years.

On Oct. 16, 1954, she married Robert E. Thiel. Joan and Robert lived in a number of Midwest locations and in Newport, Vt., before coming to Lititz in 1977.

She worked as the accounts payable clerk at Anderson Bakery in Lancaster from 1982 to 1994. After her retirement, she and her husband enjoyed traveling and visiting relatives and friends throughout the far West and Midwest.

Joan was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lititz. She enjoyed the activities and fellowship of the Silver Liners, the seniors’ club. Joan also belonged to the Legion of Mary and the Ladies’ Bible study group and helped with Christmas bazaars and the parish bereavement ministry. She was also a volunteer teacher/helper of crafts at Moravian Manor. For six years she and her husband volunteered weekly delivering Meals on Wheels. Joan enjoyed lots of sewing, knitting and quilting; her fingers were always moving.

Joan was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She took pride in her homemaking skills. When her sons were young, she served as a Cub Scout den mother and Webelos leader as well as a CCD teacher and encouraged them in all their school and sports activities. Later she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

In Oct. 2004, she and Robert celebrated their 50th anniversary with their family.

Besides her husband, Joan is survived by four sons: John, of Lititz; Peter, husband of Jill O’Brien, of Smyrna, Ga.; Brian, husband of Joanne Schwab, of Missouri City, Texas; and Gordon, husband of Jennifer Guyette, of Cherry Hill, N.J.; three grandchildren: Caitlin, Robert and Henry; two sisters: Alice Polivka of Burr Ridge, Ill.; and Anne Schwerdt, of Prescott, Ariz.; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter: Jeanne; three sisters: Sister Joan Clare (Dorothy) Maiers CSJ, Elizabeth Skidmore and Marian Finnerin; and her brother: John J. Maiers.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, with the Rev. James O’Blaney C.Ss.R., as celebrant. Interment will be in Longenecker Cemetery, Warwick Township.

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