McHENRY – Ruth E. Zarzecki (nee Eger), 92, passed away peacefully Oct. 24, 2012, at Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois in Barrington.|
Ruth was born in Chicago to Max and Laura (Forbusch) Eger on Aug. 7, 1920.
In 1945, Ruth married the love of her life, Chester Zarzecki, in Chicago.
Chet was a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy and took Ruth to his many duty stations including Whidbey Island, Wash., Corpus Christi, Texas, and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Upon Chet's retirement in 1956, they returned to Chicago and lived there until moving to McHenry in 1970.
Ruth was an avid craft maker and enjoyed working with other church women in the XYZ Club at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Each holiday season, Ruth would bring out the crafts she had made and decorated her home in a joyful and spirit-filled manner.
Ruth is survived by her nieces, Connie Smigla of Addison, Lorraine Sechter of Sun City, Ariz., Mary Ann Tranberg of McHenry and Jacqueline Idoni of Maryland; nephews, Donald (Shirley) Klaczynski of Naperville and Leonard (Fran) Skiroock of Naperville; cousin, Bill (Dorothy) Schalk of Racine, Wis.; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, on May 16, 1995.
The family would like to give special thanks to Ruth's grand-niece, Diane Link, who lovingly took care of Ruth's personal affairs during the past several years. The family also would like to thank everyone, especially Ruth's caregivers, at The Fountains & The Springs of Crystal Lake, Centegra Hospital – McHenry, and Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, for the kind, loving and gentle care they provided Ruth.
Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service Monday, Oct. 29, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N. Green St., McHenry.
Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Hillside.
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For more information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or send an online condolence at www.justenfh.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Oct. 26, 2012