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Barbara June Zamzow Obituary

September 2, 1923 - January 30,2017

Barbara (Bobbie) June Zamzow was born on September 2, 1923 in San Francisco, CA to John F. and Kathryn B. Rivolta. She moved with her family to Sacramento, CA, in 1929. After graduating from McClatchy High School in 1941, Barbara attended the University of California, Berkeley where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1945. She completed a fifth year and received her Public Health Nursing Certificate in 1946.

While in training at San Francisco General Hospital one of her patients fell head over heals over her. She and Don were married on August 18, 1945 in Sacramento, CA, and remained in love and forever devoted to one another for 56 years prior to his death in 2002.

After their marriage, Barbara and Don lived in Sacramento for 4 years where Barbara had her first job with the Sacramento County Public Health Department. In 1949, they moved to Yuba City, CA. It was quite a cultural shock for her moving to a small community with no sidewalks but she adjusted well and was later fortunate to have raised her children in this small farming community. They remained in Yuba City for 38 years. After their retirement in 1987, Barbara and Don returned to Sacramento, where their married life began. Barbara was able to spend her last 29 years in the city she always called home.

Barbara enjoyed spending time with her children at home. She was involved with all their activities and sports and totally devoted her time to her children. She later began her nursing career for the Yuba-Sutter Health Department which she held for 30 years. She was well respected by all with whom she worked and contributed a great deal to the health of families in the Yuba-Sutter Community.

Barbara was the epitome of what a Mother and Grandmother should be. She was nurturing, kind, involved in all activities, a wise teacher, non-judgmental, understanding, fun, generous and ALWAYS considered the needs of others before her own. She showed her love for her three children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren each and every day of their lives. Barbara is survived by her three children; Donald, Minden, NY; Kathryn Lefevre Volf (David), Yuba City, CA, and Michael (Teresa) of

Tigard, OR and six grandchildren; Donald Zamzow, Rancho Cordova, CA, Christopher Zamzow, Utah. Jacob Lefevre (Cari), Yuba City, CA, Hillary Lefevre, Rancho Cordova, CA, Jennifer Lewer (Kyle), Langley, B.C., Canada and Rachael Gelsinger (Nathan), Morgan Hill, CA. Also survived by five great grandchildren whom she loved and adored: Joseph Lefevre, Annika Karish, Kaelah and Elizabeth Lewer and Alice Gelsinger.

Barbara's family and friends were always first and foremost on her mind. She and her two sisters were inseparable and family reunions were always such a joy to her.

Barbara is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Thomas Matranga and several nieces.

Barbara's belief in God and her deep faith were practiced each and every day through her actions. She alwaysprayed for her family and friends and saying the rosary was a part of her daily activities. She was a perfect example of an outstanding Christian and living her life to serve our Lord.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald; Son-in-Law, Eugene Joseph Lefevre; Sister, Jacqueline Wittpen; Brother-in Law, Henry

B. Wittpen, and nephew Henry B. Wittpen Jr.

Because of Barbara's great love for all children, the family requests donations in her honor be made to the , Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA, 95817 or . Memorial Services and Reception will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at St. Mary's Cemetery, 6509 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA.

Rosary will be at 1:00 pm, Memorial Mass at 1:30 pm, Interment at 2:30 pm and Reception at 3:00 pm.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2017
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