Obituary: Joan Theresa Izzi, 68

Joan Theresa (Drabeck) Izzi 68, of Wilton, Conn., passed Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, after a long illness. Born on June 8, 1948, in Greenwich, Conn., she was the daughter of Olga (Frano) Drabeck and Andrew Drabeck.

She graduated Greenwich High in 1966, then attended and graduated Katharine Gibbs School in New York, N.Y. 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. 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, N.H., and Paul Izzi of Norwalk, Conn.; siblings Andrew Drabeck, Jr. and wife Norma, of Palmer, Alaska; Diane Trowbridge and husband Scott, of Norwalk;, John Drabeck and wife Linda, of New Bern, N.C.; and Joseph Drabeck, of Nobleboro, Maine; 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, Conn., 06830, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA, 02241-7005.

The arrangements are in the care of the Michaud Funeral Home, 32 Maple St., Wilton, N.H. To view an online obituary or leave a condolence, please visit our website at