Nancy Jean Zarbock (née Gillett), born July 7, 1933, in Jamestown, N.Y., died Feb. 23, 2016, at home in New Braunfels, Texas, after a short, but brave battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her husband and both her sons. Daughter of the late Paul T. and the late Lois B. Gillett, and sister of the late Robert B. Gillett, Nancy is survived by her husband, Floyd Miller Zarbock; sons, Kurt (Sarah) Zarbock and Kent (Lora) Zarbock; grandchildren, Christopher, Katie, Abigail, Jacob, and Nicholas; many other relatives, and countless friends.
Nancy was a graduate of Paschal High School, Fort Worth, Texas. In 1956 she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in liberal arts, and went on to attend the University of Texas Law School. She next underwrote insurance and examined claims for Prudential Life Insurance.
Later she worked as a mental health advocate. The year 1958 began 57 wonderful years of marriage to her husband Floyd. Her sons Kurt and Kent were born in 1962 and 1964, respectively. Nancy will be greatly missed as a thoughtful and devoted wife and mother. Her joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren.
She also enjoyed playing bridge and reading, particularly the books read by Martha’s Book Club.
Nancy unselfishly gave her heart to the causes she believed in as evidenced by her active volunteerism throughout her life. In Waukesha County, Wisconsin, where she lived from 1963 to 1997, she served as president of the Waukesha County Medical Society Auxiliary, Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mukwonago, and the Waukesha Service Club.
In addition, Nancy was a member of the board of directors of the Visiting Nurses Association of Greater Waukesha and of the Christoph Memorial YMCA. She also served as a volunteer legal advocate for the Waukesha Women’s Center.
Nancy moved to New Braunfels in 1997 and quickly became active in the community. She volunteered for the Crisis Center of Comal County, and served as the Comal County representative on the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Trustees of Hill Country Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Centers. She sat on the Board of Trustees of the Comal County and New Braunfels housing authorities. Nancy participated in the New Braunfels Newcomers’ Club, and served as its secretary and vice chair. As a member of Peace Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, she served as a Stephen Minister, and played an active role in the quilting group. Through the Interfaith Hospitality Network, she helped host homeless families in connection with Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels. As a result of her tireless efforts and many activities, she touched and blessed many lives.
Peace Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, 1147 S. Walnut Ave., will host her memorial service on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 11 a.m.
A light luncheon provided by the church will follow.
Nancy’s inurnment will take place separately and will be done privately by immediate family members at the Cook-Walden/Capitol Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Crisis Center of Comal County, P.O. Box 310344, New Braunfels, TX 78131; Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203; Cancer Treatment and Research Center, Attn: Donor Relations, P.O. Box 1657, San Antonio, TX 78296; or in the form of blood donations to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, (830) 625-5401 or (800) 292-5534.