With great sorrow, we report the death of JoAnn Zotter Runk on March 17, 2021. JoAnn is survived by her husband, Robert, daughter Amy and son Andrew, as well as her ’68 sister-in-law Jean Kay McCoy. This obituary was published on the Legacy website:
JoAnn Margaret Runk, a 34-year resident of Southport, CT and beloved wife of Robert P. Runk for 51 years, passed away peacefully at home on March 17, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was 74.
JoAnn was born in New Britain (CT) to the late Carl and Josephine (Herzy) Zotter where she attended New Britain High School and was the Valedictorian, graduating in 1964. In 1968, she graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with a BA in Art History. Before her children arrived, she worked as Operations Director for the Compass Group in Westport (CT) and subsequently took the position of Development Director for the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport (CT). In 1999, she cofounded RunkDouglas Antiques in Southport.
She loved art, music, and sports and in her later years, produced a great number of paintings and drawings of her own. But most of all she loved her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband and her children, Andrew of Weston, and Amy, of Boston, MA; her grandchildren, Alexander & Emily Runk of Weston; and her brother, Bruce Zotter of Washington, DC. Jean Kay McCoy ’68 is her sister-in-law.
A private memorial service was held on March 27, 2021 at Southport (CT) Congregational Church.
Memorial contributions in JoAnn's name can be made to the Southport Congregational Church, 524 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 06890.
Mount Holyoke College Class of 1968
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