Sarah H. "Sally" Zeeman, 90, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Oakcrest DeKalb Area Retirement Center.|
Born June 17, 1920, in Turlock, Calf., she was the daughter of Martin and Alice (Hoben) Zeeman.
Sally entered St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago during WWII to help with the war effort. She became a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. in 1945 and earned her RNA. A week after graduation, she became a head nurse and spent the next 10 years moving from head nurse, supervisor and instructor in medical nursing to director of nursing education.
During this period, Sally bought her first horse and horseback riding became her favorite thing, outside of work, for the next 30 years and created her love of horses. In 1951, she earned a Ph.D. majoring in biology and chemistry from Northwestern University. In 1953, she earned a master's degree in teaching and administration in the School of Nursing from the University of Chicago. She was elected to Pi Lambda Theta honorary society for women in education.
In 1955, she took the position of Chair for the General Nursing Program at Loyola University. After seven years in this position, Sally had the opportunity to enter a new clinical specialization program in psychiatric nursing funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She earned another master's degree from St. Xavier University and was elected to Sigma Theta Lau Honorary Society in Nursing.
After graduation, she took the position of assistant professor in Community Health Nursing at Northern Illinois University, retiring in 1986. During her professional career, Sally was elected in local, state, and national nursing organizations. At the community level, Sally was a charter member of Heritage Hunters Chapter of Equestrienne, holding offices of president, vice president and secretary. She was recording secretary and parliamentarian of the State of Illinois Equestrian Association. She was also a charter member of Prairie Rose Society and served as treasurer for many years.
A favorite volunteer activity was participation in Friends of Barb City Manor, where she served as secretary, vice president and several terms as president and was selected as Volunteer of the Year in 1997. During her retirement, she worked part-time as a nurse at DeKalb County Nursing Home and managed their gift shop for two years. Sally was a member of Mayfield Congregational United Church of Christ, DeKalb Area Women's Club and NIU Women's Club. She enjoyed playing golf and the company of her five sheltie dogs.
She is survived by her sister, Lillian "Lynn" Azola of DeKalb; two nephews, Marty (Lone) Azola of Baltimore, Md.; and their children, Tony, Matthew, Kirsten and Steve (Jill) Azola of Ramona, Calf.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Mayfield Congregation United Church of Christ, 28405 Church Road, rural Sycamore IL, with the Rev. Mary Gay McKinney officiating. Burial of cremated remains will take place at a later date at the Mayfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sarah H. "Sally" Zeeman Memorial Fund in care of Anderson Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 605, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www.andersonfuneralhomeltd.com or call 815-756-1022.