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Elizabeth Margaret Zahm, 74, of Traverse City, passed away June 27, 2017 with her brother by her side in Melbourne, Florida. Elizabeth was born on Sept. 18, 1942 in Detroit to the late Charles and Elizabeth (Oakley) Zahm.
She graduated from South Eastern High School in 1960.
In the 1970s she knew that Traverse City was to be her forever home, and she moved here. She was employed by the Osteopathic Hospital until its closing and then moved on to the Grand Traverse Resort. She was in the administration sector in both places of employment until she retired in January of 2015 due to her ailing health. She was Employee of the Month on several occasions at both places of employment and if asked, anyone would tell you that she was the most loyal and dedicated employee you would find.
Elizabeth was the best of the listeners and also was coined the silent observer. She was an avid reader of mystery novels. She enjoyed a good crossword puzzle and going to the movies, the animated ones especially. Elizabeth was a wonderful activist for saving the animals. She rescued many kitties.
Her favorite weekly outing was for "coffee at Oleson's on Wednesdays" with her church group. Even in her most trying of moments, that was one excursion she never wanted to miss.
Elizabeth is survived and missed by her brother, Charles (Collette) Zahm; and nephews, Kurt Zahm, of Los Angeles, California, and Charles Zahm, of Coatsville, Pennsylvania. Also surviving are her great-niece, Julia Zahm, of Coatsville, Pennsylvania; cousin, William Miles, of Portland, Oregon; and friends, Pastor Betty Aldridge, Pat Bannon, Libby Thayer, Michael (Carol) Srdjak, Scott Firman and the Pine Grove Church family. She is also missed dearly by her two little kitties, Jenny and Sadie.
She was preceded in death by both her parents and three kitties, Timothy, Janie and Molly.
Per Elizabeth's wishes, cremation has taken place. No services are planned at this time.
Those planning an expression of sympathy in Elizabeth's honor may wish to consider donations to Pinegrove Church of God, 790 Indian Trail Boulevard, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on July 6, 2017
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