Helen Janet (Drone) Zilch

Born: Sat., Dec. 25, 1943
Died: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Nov. 06, 2017
Location: St. Kateri Catholic Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Nov. 06, 2017
Location: St. Kateri Catholic Church

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Helen J. “Janet” (Drone) Zilch, 73, Colrain, Mass. formerly of Shawneetown, Ill., died Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Mass. from complications due to lung cancer. She leaves behind her husband, John Michael, her daughters, Dawn Bafford and her husband Jeff, Victoria Wember and her husband Paul, her sons, John and Stephen, and grandchildren Daniel, Alyssa, Michael, Abigail, Nathaniel, Josh and Heather. Sisters, Kathryn (Kay) Barrow and her predeceased husband John, Wanda (Rosie) Hayes and her husband James, Virginia (Jennie) Fromm and her husband James, Carol (C.J.) Adams and her husband Kevin, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. Janet was born on December 25, 1943 in Shawneetown, Ill., she was the daughter of Leo E. and Mary Jane (Walters) Drone who were both from Shawneetown. She grew up in a large loving family with four sisters and one brother, the late Leo E. Jr. and wife Marietta “Mary” Drone. Janet was educated in St. Vincent Academy in Morganfield, Ky and Tri State Beauty School in Evansville, Ind. She worked as a beautician for 25 years and as a loving and dedicated mother for 51 years. She married her lifelong sweetheart John Michael Zilch on February 1, 1964, they recently celebrated 53 years of marriage. Together they raised their four children in the Chicago area before moving to Colrain, Mass. in 2000 in order to provide care for their autistic son, whom she loved unconditionally. She was an avid gardener who loved to spend hours tending to her flowers, hummingbirds and native birds. She cherished her friends and family and was active in her church, Blessed Sacrament in Greenfield Mass. Visitation and Funeral will be held at St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway, Ill. Visitation will be on Monday, November 6th from 9 a.m. until Funeral Mass time of 11 a.m., with Monsignor Joseph Lawler officiating. Mass will be followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery near Equality. Please join the family to celebrate Janet’s life at the reception with food and refreshments at St. Kateri Catholic Church following the burial. The Vickery Funeral Chapel of Ridgway have been entrusted with the arrangements. For further information, directions, sign a guest book, or forward a condolence message to Janet’s family please visit: www.vickeryfuneralchapel.com .

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Debbie Febuary Via
   Posted Thu November 02, 2017
You have my deepest sympathy.

Michelle Terlecki
   Posted Thu November 02, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Janet was a very special person. She will be dearly missed. We are praying for you during this difficult time. Love you all. The Terlecki family

Regina Cunningham
   Posted Fri November 03, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Joanie Brooks, Regina Cunningham, Michelle Thompson, Emily Wingers.

Our hearts thoughts and prayers to Vicki Wember and all the family. Joanie Brooks, Regina Cunningham, Michelle Thompson, Emily Wingers

Carolyn Green
   Posted Fri November 03, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I only saw her at Mike's class reunion, but she seemed so pleasant. It is never easy to lose a loved one but just cherish all the wonderful memories.

   Posted Fri November 03, 2017
We are truly sorry for the loss of Tony's Aunt Janet. Her and her family are great people and she will be missed! Prayers for all of her family members!

Mary Hagemann
   Posted Fri November 03, 2017
My deepest sympathy to all of the wonderful family. I have fond memories of being at the Drone house when I grew up. They made the most wonderful donuts I have ever eaten!

Jon Bafford
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies and we hope you find peace and comfort as you celebrate her life.

Ed and Heidi Gray
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. She was a wonderful woman and will be dearly missed.

Dolores Rigsby
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
Prayers for comfort and peace to Janet's family.

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