Marian E Sherburne-Zang, 91, of Daytona Beach passed away peacefully Sunday morning, February 23 at The Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Daytona Beach, Florida. Born in Coldwater, MI, November 13, 1922 she was preceded in death by her father Virgil Arthur Sherburne, her mother Mary Katherine (Kate) Gruner Sherburne, her brother Virgil Arthur, Jr., a sister Carol Odette, a son James Rabbitt and her husband Cosmo D. Zang. Marian lived in Coldwater where she attended a one-room school until the Sherburne's moved off the farm to Battle Creek, MI during the Great Depression. At the age of 14, she travelled to California where she stayed with family for a year, returning to Battle Creek to be graduated from Central High School class of '38. In 1940 she met and soon after married Joe Rabbitt, a U.S. Marine stationed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. In December of 1942, their first son, Michael arrived. Joe was sent to the Pacific theater and Marian and Michael went to Michigan via Ohio. After the war, Son Thomas was born in June of 47, then son James in August of 48. Marian worked for the federal government most of her life and moved from Michigan following her separation and divorce in the fall of 1960 to the Washington D.C. suburb of Falls Church, Virginia. At that time she worked for the Public Health Service in Washington, D.C. which eventually became the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her retirement, she married Cosmo Zang and upon his retirement, they moved to Russellville, AL, a town of her family heritage in the Alabama foothills. When Cosmo died, Marian's aunt Helen, who had been the only living relative there at the time had previously passed on so she decided to move to North Carolina to be with her son James. All was well until James fell ill and died in the summer of 2011. She decided that it would be best to sell her home in North Carolina and move to Florida to be near her eldest son Michael. Marian was a certified Genealogist having been published and having written "The Gruner Heritage" (hardback) which now is shelved in the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Branch County (MI) Historical Society. She was a former Regent of the North Carolina Division of the Daughters of the American Revolution, also, former Grand Regent of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was very active in NARFE (National Association for Retired Federal Employees) for which she has earned the "Good Egg" award and was former Editor/Publisher of the chapter newsletter. She is survived by two sisters Gerry (Johnny) Jackson, Mary Jo (Carl) Cordell, two sons, Michael and Thomas (Claire), seven grandchildren, Stephen, Jennifer, Virgil, Christopher, Sean, Celeste, Damen, Shannon, Dawn and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. While she herself was not Irish, she was a devout Catholic and close to her former in-laws who were. It is her expressed wish to hold an Irish wake to celebrate her life. It will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Lohman Funeral Home, 1423 Bellevue Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at The Basilica of St Paul, 317 Mullally St, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Cremation will follow and interment in Coldwater, MI will take place in June, 2014 at a date and time to be determined. Please do not send flowers! The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to Marian's favorite charity (or a
). Send a check or money order payable to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.
Lohman Daytona Funeral Home
1423 Bellevue Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 26, 2014