Margot Zeck, 86, died peacefully, Monday evening, April 15, 2013, at Parkvue Healthcare Center, following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Berlin, Germany to Karl and Martha (Zittlau) Rast on March 19, 1927.
As a child, teenager, and young woman, she lived through the dark times of Hitler's Germany in the heart of it's capital city, Berlin. Throughout WWII, Margot survived many harrowing life and death experiences, which instilled an inner strength and resolve that remained with her for the rest of her life. Near the end of the War, Margot met her future husband, Donald Zeck of Sandusky, Ohio, a young American soldier in Patton's Third Army through a serendipitous chance encounter. As the wife of a career soldier, Margot embraced the life of an Army wife, moving from city to city and seeing many new and interesting places. As her children were born, they became the passion of Margot's life and her foremost priority... always.
After retiring from the Army, Donald and Margot returned with their children to Sandusky. Later, when necessity demanded it, Margot went back to school at 37 to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, the other passion in her life. She dedicated herself to the patients of Good Samaritan (Firelands) Hospital for the next 30 years, specializing in the area of Oncology and services for colostomy patients, before retiring in 1994.
Margot was a very sociable and caring individual. She made friends wherever she went, but she especially enjoyed the company of her family. She had an active mind and a wry sense of humor. She loved lively conversation of topical issues, reading, sewing, and crafts. She also had a distinctive sense for fashion, with barrettes and scarves an essential part of her attire.
When husband Donald died in 1998, she continued to live independently until 2009, when age and health issues began to take their toll. As her body failed, Margot remained an independent spirit, always insisting on doing things her way and living in the moment, sometimes to the chagrin of her caregivers. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed.
She is survived by sons Erik (Judith), Marko (Paula), and Lance. She has two beloved grandsons: Jacob (Michelle) and Gregory.
Friends can reminisce and visit with her family at Groff Funeral Homes, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 5 to 7:00 PM, at which time there will be a short memorial service.
Memorial contributions in Margot's name may be directed to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, or to Parkvue Healthcare Center, 3800 Boardwalk Blvd., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Online condolences can be shared at www.grofffuneralhomes.com.