Joan Sweeney

Obituary of Joan Sweeney

Joan M. Sweeney, age 59, of Madison, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Joan was born on January 18, 1957 in Tomahawk to Darwin & Janet (Palmer) Sweeney. She was a 1975 graduate of Tomahawk High School. After graduation, Joan moved to Madison. She was employed in the Work Study Department at UW Madison for over 40 years. Joan was a bubbly and friendly person. She enjoyed traveling ; especially to Las Vegas and on cruises. She loved her family, enjoyed dancing and music. Joan had a passion for animals. Joan operated the Wisconsin Rottweiler Rescue Association for over 25 years. She gave a home to thousands of dogs over the years, including the 30 that she had currently been fostering.

Joan is survived by her mother - Jan Zuiker, of Tomahawk; her siblings - Kathleen (Jeorge Kessler) Sweeney, of Annoka, MN; Maria Connemara, of Milwaukee; Ann (Brian Nelson) Sweeney, of Wayzata, MN; Jane (Rev. Mark) Gass, of Tomahawk; John (Scarlet) Sweeney, of Rhinelander; and James (Muna) Sweeney, of China. Joan is further survived by her special friend & life partner– Dennis McClain, her coworker and dear friend – Rachel Alsworth, and the entire Zuiker family.

She is preceded in death by her father, Dar; Brother Dennis; and step father, John Zuiker.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, September 30th at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison on John Nolen Drive from 4-8. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:30PM followed by time of remembrance, visitation and light hors d'oeuvres.

The Krueger Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. You may view the full obituary and leave online condolences at