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Obituary for Joan T. Izzi
Joan Theresa (Drabeck) Izzi 68, of Wilton CT, passed Thursday, September 22, 2016, after a long illness. Born on June 8, 1948 in Greenwich CT, she was the daughter of Olga (Frano) Drabeck and Andrew Drabeck.
She graduated Greenwich High in 1966, then attended and graduated Catherine Gibbs School in New York, NY. Upon graduation, Joan held multiple positions at IBM during her tenure. There she met her future husband Ralph E. Izzi.
Joan was a long time resident of Wilton, CT. Through the years she held various volunteering positions including the Encore Club where she helped to raise money for charities. She spent many years working for The Wilton Historical Society, helping preserve Wilton’s stories and history.
Joan had a gift for interior and exterior design. She enjoyed nurturing her love of design through education and travel. As an accomplished seamstress she shared that passion by creating costumes, clothes, draperies, and more for family and friends. Her efforts were always appreciated for their originality and attention to detail.
Above all Joan is remembered for her faith and devotion to her husband, sons, extended family, and friends. She lived life to the fullest and encouraged others to do the same through her example.
In addition to her loving husband Ralph, of 44 years, she is survived by her two sons, David Izzi and wife Erica of Hooksett, NH, and Paul Izzi of Norwalk, CT; and siblings Andrew Drabeck, Jr. and wife Norma, of Palmer, AK, Diane Trowbridge and husband Scott, of Norwalk, CT, John Drabeck and wife Linda, of New Bern, NC, and Joseph Drabeck, of Nobleboro, ME; two grandsons, David and Michael; seven nieces and nephews; two great-nephews and one great-niece; her aunt Patricia Harada, and a host of loving cousins.
Services: Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial celebration at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 286 Delavan Avenue, Greenwich CT, 06830 on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association PO Box 417005, Boston MA, 02241-7005.