Charlene Marie Zack
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Zack, Charlene Marie 5/10/1949 - 7/28/2020 Cottonwood ZACK, CHARLENE M, (COTTONWOOD, ARIZONA) Formerly of Muskegon, MI Charlene Marie Zack, age 71, of Cottonwood, AZ, passed away on July 28, 2020 following a tragic motorcycle accident on July 6th. Due to a blown tire, Char and Abbie crashed, but Char was a hero in saving her partner, Abbie, as she was an experienced rider and knew how to lay the bike down. Charlene was born on May 10, 1949 in Muskegon, MI to Charles and Eunice (Bahr) Zack. Along with her four siblings, she was raised primarily by her mother Eunice Zack Kelley and grandmother, Ardella Ruth Bahr. Char was a Mona Shores High School graduate (1967) and moved to Arizona where she owned a Bookkeeping and Accounting Business as an enrolled agent, GadZack Crafted Wooden Toys, and was part-owner of Abbie's Fine Foods and Catering, in addition to many other ventures in the Jerome and Cottonwood area. She was also well-known in the community for her work remodeling homes for women who were victims of abuse and sexual assault. Char had great woodworking skills from creating all types of wooden toys, to repairing grandfather clocks, to refinishing entire houses to benefit others. As the president and founder of a women's motorcycle club, Char thoroughly enjoyed the freedom and independence of a ride in the mountains. Her two Harley motorcycles were her pride and joy-she loved her Harleys! Char was also a charismatic tour guide for family and friends who visited her, sharing the land she loved. An independent, intelligent, and determined woman, Char thrived on living a simple life. She will be remembered by her family wearing a plaid flannel shirt, jeans, floppy hat, and leather jacket. There was a calm and wise spiritual aspect to her conversations. Char was an interesting individual with a giving heart and depth to her life and soul. As a life-long learner, she loved to write poetry, play cards, and she played a dozen or more instruments. She was even an ordained Buddhist nun! Charlene is survived by her partner, Abbie Ashford, brother Henry (Sue) Zack, sisters Nancy (Frank) Boxer and Cindy Zack (Florida), sister-in-law Judy Zack; nieces and nephews: Frankie Ann Boxer, Joseph (Mary) Boxer, Lori (Pole') Rivera, Ben (Joan Osterberg) Boxer, Lisa (Brett) Robertson, Tony (Jennifer) Zack, and Karen (Kyle) Pallasch, and 12 great-nieces and nephews. She will be truly missed by her family and all who loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved Gram-Gram (Bones), Ardella Ruth Bahr, and brother Donald Zack. According to Char's wishes, her body has been cremated, and her Last Ride will occur on Sept, 25, 2020 in Jerome, AZ when family and friends will gather at the Middle Park from 5-6 p.m. and then begin a ride up Mingus Mountain with her ashes blowing into the wind off the back of her Harley. In lieu of flowers or gifts of condolence, donations may be made to Char's charitable organization dedicated to assisting victims of abuse and sexual assault. RAW Advocates Inc., 764 N. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326 a 501(c)3 organization

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Published in Muskegon Chronicle from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 21, 2020
August 22, 2020

I always used to think that Aunt Charl would out live everyone because she was my Godmother and she had to take care of me if everyone passed away. Boy did I learn my lesson as I grew older. In my younger years, we had a special bond that I cherished with everything I have. When she would come home to visit she would teach me how to play her instruments or learn about some new rocks from where she lived. We would write as pen pals for awhile until she became too busy. I was able to make one visit out there to see Charl and see her home and Jerome. She was the best hostess and tour guide. She new so much about where she lived. She had so much knowledge and love for where she lived her life. I am so fortunate to have been able to spend that time with her. I am so happy she was able to come to Muskegon to meet my children and get to know them over the years. They have all gotten to know her and have a special place in their hearts for their Great Aunt Charl. Ride On Charl!! I know you’re in a better place!

Love,
Frankie Ann
Frankie Boxer
Family
August 14, 2020
My husband Steve and I had just moved to Cottonwood, 1995. We rode up to Jerome. Char hung over the balcony of one of the many old buildings, and hollared at us. "Hey, you new in town?" That began a quarter of a century friendship. We put down some miles together. On our wedding night a procession of motorcycles rode from Page Springs to Old Town Cottonwood. Guys rapping their pipes, honks honking, women yelling, and I could hear Char above it yelling, "we love you guys!" Over the years, life happens and we lose touch with our friends, but remain friends. Her heart was big. My heart is broken. I went down on my motorcycle the same day Char flew like eagle's wings. Ride on, Char! You are forever free. I will miss seeing you. Rita Horten~Steve Horten
Rita Horten
Friend
August 11, 2020
As my sister-in-law, Char was the free spirit I admired for her countless talents, wise counsel, and deep spiritual insights. I will always remember her for her beautiful and genuine smile that demonstrated her love of life. Hers was a life too soon gone.
Sue zack
Family
August 11, 2020
I have great memories of Char from Brentwood days in Muskegon. So sorry and such a tragedy that she has passed. My prayers go out to her family and friends.
Camille Savickas Gabris
Neighbor
August 10, 2020
Cindy Zack
Sister
August 10, 2020
Heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time. I’ll always remember Char as Hank’s fun loving little sister. May she Rest In Peace
Rita Green
Friend
August 10, 2020
My sister was a very great person and an even better big sister. As the youngest in the family I definitely suffered the dangerous stunts she played on me. The Chinese water treatment, stilts on all extremities and making walk (and fall). Being buried in the back yard up to my neck. At least she got punished for that one! She had a very playful side to her right up to her death. She used to take me to all different places, camping, visiting her at college, and flying me out to Arizona for vacation. She was extremely active, building her own surrounding deck, erecting a beautiful wooden fence that surrounding her property. Her talents were endless. I am truly going to miss her, her phone calls to me weekly, just to say hello. Let’s not forget the book she wrote on doing your taxes. Love you sis.
Cindy Zack
Sister
August 10, 2020
So sorry to hear of Char's passing, but there is comfort in knowing she was doing one of the many things she loved doing. Sending love, prayers and hugs at this difficult time.
Diane Westerhof (Parrott)
Classmate
August 9, 2020
Cindy & family, Gosh I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can find some peace and love with family and friends.
Hugs xo
Renee Drummond
August 8, 2020
Char, great friend, great help, great soul.
Paul Miluski
Friend
August 8, 2020
I am stunned, saddened, and speechless with news of Char's passing. One of my sisters' best friends in high school, she was often in our home just a few houses from her own. I have had one of her crafted wooden toys for several years and "play" with it when stress starts to build. She was a calm spirit and melded into the Arizona back roadways.
Bob Patten
Friend
August 7, 2020
Char was a very interesting, loving and wonderful soul and taken from us way to early but she was always living life to the fullest, she will be forever loved and remembered by all!
Butler-Leavitt Insurance Agency Staff
August 7, 2020
So saddened to hear of Char’s passing! Prayers to her loved ones❤
Diana Herrick
Classmate
August 7, 2020
A beautiful life Charlene....thank you for all your contributions...Gail
Gail Edlund
Classmate
August 7, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear this.
Carla Kimball
August 6, 2020
Thank you Charlene for being you. You lived your life to the fullest. To Abbey, much love and strength to while you heal during this difficult time. Prayers for the family and all that will miss her dearly. Thank you Char. Love you.
Sharla Cook
Friend
August 6, 2020
What a delightful, interesting woman and an unforgettably written tribute to a life well-lived!

Pam Stanton Van De Veire
August 6, 2020
To the Zack a family ,Very sorry for your loss .I lived across the field from you and remember Char well. . Joe Stapel.
Joe Stapel,
Friend
August 6, 2020
Remembering Char, knew her in high school, admired her spirit and strength. Beautifully written life story, much appreciated. Lieschen Hartman
Friend
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