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Anne Louise Maruska

1935 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Anne Louise Maruska

Cincinnati - ANNE LOUISE MARUSKA (nee Kodadek) but best known as Nancy.

Age 83, passed peacefully at on January 9, 2019.

Born August 31 1935, and raised in Oaklawn, suburb of Chicago, to Joseph and Rose Gorjance Kodadek.

Nancy will be best known for a very infectious laugh, her deep love and dedication of her husband Edward and family. She could flawlessly throw a lovely and lively dinner party with just an hour or two notice for dozens of friends or her husband's colleagues. She was an exceptional cook and baker, famous for her delicious homemade pies and elegant dinners. She not only knew her way around the kitchen, she loved cooking for others. Throughout her life, she quickly turned strangers into friendships and friendships into extended family. It was a gift.

She met the love of her life, Edward J Maruska at a dance in Chicago. He thought she was beautiful at first sight and he caught her eye and her heart. Married for 63 years, they had two daughters, Donna Lee Oehler (David) and Linda Marie Nephew (Dr. Kenneth). Her greatest pride in life was her family. She was blessed with 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Nancy's love affair with her husband was evident with everything she did. When he landed the position as General Curator at the Cincinnati Zoo, he would bring baby animals home for her to raise or bring back to health. For her, his passion of wildlife and wild places was like osmosis…she absorbed his passions as if through her skin, and those passions became hers as well. As a Zoo volunteer, she raised baby polar bear, ocelots and caracals, baby zebras and the Cincinnati Zoo's first white tigers. She had a gentleness and patience that allowed these critical vulnerable creatures to return back to their exhibits. This self-sacrifice allowed her husband to focus on a Zoo in disrepair and bring it up as one of the nation's finest zoological parks.

She spent her younger years also volunteering at St Joseph Orphanage for children, or helping with water exercises for children battling neurological diseases. She touched so many in such an intimate way.

She is survived by her husband Edward, her daughters Donna Oehler and Linda Nephew, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and the many people that she touched on her journey. She is gone but certainly not forgotten.

To honor Nancy, memorials may be made to:

(Blue Ash)


Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Capital Campaign
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 13, 2019
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