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Margaret E. Zylstra


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Margaret E. Zylstra Obituary
November 4, 1933 - December 13, 2017 Memorial Services for Margaret (Marnie) Zylstra, 84, a resident of Los Alamitos, will be held on Saturday, December 30th, 10 am at Cottonwood Church, 4505 Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA 90720, with fellowship immediately following in the church lobby. Her ashes will be spread that afternoon in Alamitos Bay in a private family ceremony. Marnie passed away Wednesday, December 13th in Huntington Beach. She was born Margaret Eleanor Fogarty on November 4th, 1933 in Los Angeles, California; the daughter of Harry & Henryetta Fogarty. Marnie's older brother Hank was very close to Marnie throughout her entire life, especially during their childhood years which were spent moving many times within the United States. From the earliest days, Marnie and Hank learned how to find the positive in every situation. They spoke to each other on an almost daily basis right up until her passing. After attending the University of Arizona, Marnie returned to California, graduating with a BA from UCLA. Several years of making it on her own with a bit of travel commenced, culminating in meeting her future husband, George Zylstra, in 1959. George and Marnie were married on December 3, 1960. Shortly after the birth of their first son, Thomas, they moved to the then brand new community of Rossmoor, California. Marnie made 3352 Rowena Drive in Rossmoor a hub of energy and activity for the next 55 years, first as she and George raised four boys, Thomas, John, Michael & Adam, and then as a very active member of the community, principally thru her participation in the mission of Cottonwood Church. Marnie was one of the first 50 Cottonwood Church members, hosting a variety of small group church functions in her home for over 30 years. Marnie taught her children how to properly root for UCLA, and how to become allergic to the colors of USC. Marnie loved chocolate, so much so her method of ordering mocha's at Starbucks would become a common lexicon, "I'll have a mocha please and don't be afraid of the chocolate." Marnie never met a Coca-Cola soft drink that couldn't benefit from an ample infusion of grenadine syrup. George Zylstra passed away in 2006 after a long illness, during which time Marnie was a constant source of support and assistance. They were married for 46 years. Marnie lived a life of passion; a passion for her Christian faith, a passion for her family, a passion for taking the unmarked trail and a passion to help others. Marnie was an energetic volunteer at Cottonwood Church, ready and willing to help in any way she could, and dove into each task with all her energy, fearless that in a number of occasions it meant on the job learning of new skills such as music, counseling, and teaching. Leading a team of volunteers to meet strangers in tough circumstances and providing crisis counseling was one of Marnie's assignments which she embraced in order to make a difference in others lives. Marnie is survived by one brother, Bird Colonel Henry (Hank) Miller, USA, Retired, and wife Judy of Huntsville, AL; one brother-in-law, John W. Zylstra of Claremont, CA; four sons: Thomas and wife Judi of Bellevue, WA, John and wife Cari of Newport Beach, CA, Michael and wife Sumie of Tokyo, Japan, and Adam of Palm Springs, CA; and six grandchildren: Shannon Zylstra of Bellevue, WA, Corinne Zylstra of Sammamish, WA, Graham Zylstra of Sammamish, WA, Connor Zylstra of Newport Beach, CA, Emma Zylstra of Tokyo, Japan, and Sarina Zylstra of Tokyo, Japan.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 17, 2017
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