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