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Rita M. Zeller

Rita M. Zeller passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, at the age of 90.

Rita was born on April 10, 1925, to John and Felicitas (Kennedy) McKinnon in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where her father and brother worked as miners.

During WWII, Rita left the Maritimes to move to Toronto, where she found a job as a waitress and where she met Glenn "Bud" Zeller, who was serving in the U.S. Army. The two were married on February 23, 1946, and returned to Battle Creek to live. On May 28, 1954 Rita became a U.S. citizen.

In the 1960s, she started working in the family bakery, later named Zeller's Donut Shoppe, where she worked until she retired. In 2007 she moved to McBain.

Rita is survived by one sister, Claire Duplisea, of Powassan, Ontario and her two children, Tena Oakley of Fort Collins and John (Pam) Zeller of Tustin, Michigan. She had six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, in 2007, as well as her parents, brother and two sisters.

A graveside service at Fort Custer Cemetery will be held on August 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m., with Pastor Doug Smith of McBain Baptist Church officiating. Arrangements were handled by Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain. Thoughts and prayers for the family may be left at www.burkholderfamilyfuneralhome.com



Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 1, 2015
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