Lois Jean Zettler
Lois Jean Zettler, 86, was born on April 2, 1934 in Hamilton, Ohio. On the morning of March 15, 2021, with family at her bedside, she went to meet our Lord and Savior and to join her family and friends who had gone before her. Those included her father and mother, James Henry Grewe and Martha Ann Grewe; her brothers, John and "Jesse" Grewe; and her sister, Judy Grewe as well as many other family members and friends of hers. She is survived by her sister, Joan Soderman and her brother, Jerry Grewe Sr; her first husband, Alvin Zettler Sr and their 7 children, Maureen Broudy, Margie Overfield, Marcy Carter, Alvin Zettler Jr, Tony Zettler, Mark Zettler and James Zettler, their spouses, 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
She was a loving mother who dedicated her life to God and family as both were very important to her. As busy as she was, raising 7 children, she still found time to volunteer at church, coached the girls softball team, sewed clothes, costumes and made prom dresses; taught herself how to play the guitar and entertained her family and neighbors on the front porch, singing and strumming her guitar. She was a very active, outgoing and hard-working woman who put her heart into every task she took on and accomplished it to the best of her ability. Her love of family was obvious when she organized the gatherings for all the holidays and special events, cooking and decorating to make each a memorable occasion. She was fun-loving and had a great sense of humor. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed all aspects from playing to coaching and, of course, cheering on the Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals. Her most memorable trait was her heart of gold and her strong desire to give to others in need even when it meant she would have to do without. The needs of others always took precedence over her own. The greatest gift that she shared with her family was her faith in God which will sustain them throughout their entire lives. She was an amazing woman who was dearly loved and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
A memorial mass will be held, in her honor, on April 9, 2021 at 10:30 am at St Clare of Assisi Catholic Church (17111 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374) followed by a Celebration of Life and luncheon across the street at Happy Trails NC2 (17200 W Bell Rd).
Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 3 to Apr. 6, 2021.