Joan was born in East St. Louis in 1936 to her parents Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Elizabeth nee. Kraftzyk Henderson. On November 16th, 1957 she married her beloved husband James F. Zurliene who preceded her in death. They had four wonderful children Elizabeth (Mark E.) Zurliene Hartman, Colleen (Alan McClendon) Zurliene, Timothy (Ginger) Zurliene, and Christopher (John Barron) Zurliene. Joan is survived by her dear grandchildren Daniel Mueller, Anna Zurliene, and Matthew Zurliene. Joan’s brother preceded her in death, Lawrence Henderson.
Joan received her registered nurse diploma from St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield, Il. Joan first worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in East. St. Louis, Illinois. After that she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, IL in the Obstetrics Unit for ten years. She then worked in Home Care and Hospice for more than 20 years.
Joan lived on the Zurliene family farm near Breese, IL for the last 47 years. She loved all animals: including her 6 cats, 2 dogs, and her menage of farm animals, as well as any stray or lost animals.