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Gwinnett GOP celebrates life of Joan Zellner

Joan Zellner

Joan Zellner

Longtime Gwinnett GOP volunteer Joan Zellner, a member of the Gwinnett Elections Board, passed away Monday.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Joan Zellner shares the news that their beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away early this morning with her family by her side,” the Zellner family said in a statement. “In addition to her family, Joan has touched the lives of many in the Georgia community through her long time devotion to the Georgia Republican Party and the Gwinnett County Election Board.”

Zellner, 82, had been hospitalized, and she struggled with pulmonary disease.

The Buford woman served as one of the party’s two representative on the elections board from 1992 to 2008, and returned to the board in 2010.

“Joan served on the Board of Elections for 15 years,” Gwinnett Elections Supervisor Lynn Ledford said. “Throughout her tenure, she was a true leader, a mentor and firm believer in the American electoral process and our great nation. Joan’s presence will certainly be missed.”

Zellner was a founder of Greater Gwinnett Republican Women and has been hailed for party leaders.

A reception is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton Mill Chapel and Funeral Home. Zellner’s funeral be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the same location.

Due to Zellner’s death, the monthly elections board meeting has been rescheduled from this Thursday to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Anyone having business with the board should plan to attend at that time.