Maria (del Carmen) Zierke

Mrs. Maria del Carmen Zierke, a longtime resident of Lake City, passed away peacefully at Haven Hospice on Thursday morning, October 3, 2013 while surrounded by her family. A native of Matanzas, Cuba, Mrs. Zierke moved with her family to the United States of America at an early age. She was employed for many years as a dental hygienist with the U.S. Public Health Service in Miami, Florida. She moved to Lake City in 1975 from Miami and worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for several years prior to retiring. Mrs. Zierke had many hobbies some of which were sewing, arranging flowers and spending time with her family. Maria was a wonderful cook and her Cuban heritage dishes were well known her black beans were her specialty. She was always a hard worker and always willing to help anyone with a ready smile. She was especially proud to have graduated from a concealed weapons/handgun safety class later in life. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Cannon Creek Ward and had always been active in the church Relief Society.
Mrs. Zierke is survived by her husband of 47 years, Terry Zierke; daughters, Tania DePrima of Jupiter, Florida; Debbie Zierke Belo and her husband David of Loudon, New Hampshire; and Dessie Howard of Lake City, Florida; and her sister, Zulima Castellanos of Hialeah, Florida. Her four grandchildren, Tylor Tannachion, Jordan Teran, Garett Teran and Evelyn Belo also survive. She will be missed tremendously by her family and her beloved dog, Cooper.
Funeral services for Mrs. Zierke will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Cannon Creek Ward (located at the corner of Sisters Welcome Road and Bascom Norris Drive) with Bishop Gary Hart officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Providence (Union County) Florida. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 Friday evening at the funeral home. The family requests that all persons who attend the funeral service wear bright vibrant colors in loving memory of Mrs. Zierke. Arrangements are under the direction of the
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Published in Lake City Reporter on Oct. 4, 2013