Marilyn L. Zastrow ‘Bonnie’ ‘Toots’
Marilyn L. Zastrow (nee Schroeder), age 78, of Oconomowoc, was called to her heavenly home by her savior on Saturday, September 23, 2017. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Marilyn was born on October 28, 1938, in Amery, to Ernest and Audrey (Rue) Schroeder. She became a child of God through the Means of Grace of Holy Baptism on November 21, 1938. She lived her childhood years in Milwaukee before moving to Watertown, where she graduated from Watertown High School.
Marilyn met her “one and only” Gordon D. Zastrow and they married on October 26, 1958. They were blessed with five children.
Marilyn, a loving daughter, wife, mother, friend, grandmother and great-grandmother, always lived life to the fullest and there never was a dull moment in her life. She worked inside the home as homemaker as well as outside the home in various administrative and bookkeeping roles. She enjoyed many hobbies including bowling, dancing, cooking, canning, baking, knitting, crocheting, macrame, playing cards and bingo.
Marilyn had a servant’s heart whether it was offering rides for shut-ins to church, assembling church bulletins, volunteering at Bethesda thrift store, or knitting newborn hats, which she donated to local hospitals. She was a member at St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, and it was her strong faith in God that helped her through life’s greatest challenges, including a breast cancer diagnosis in 2004.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gordy.
She is survived by her children Maureen (David) Rochester, Rhonda Kleizo, Kent (Brenda) Zastrow, Kevin (Renee) Zastrow and Janelle (Nathan) Fredrick; grandchildren Deanna Zastrow, Lauren (Chris Wiewiora) Zastrow, Gordon (Nicole Fulmer) Kleizo, Kyle Zastrow, Mahalah Zastrow and Kentlynn Zastrow; and her great-grandson, Jett Kleizo. She is also survived by two brothers, Wayne (Ellen) Schroeder and Gary (Cynthia) Schroeder, and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 27, at 5 p.m. with visitation beginning at 3:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.
The family would like to thank the staff at ProHealth Home Hospice for their excellent care and compassion for Marilyn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Marilyn’s name to St. Matthew’s Forward in Christ building fund or the Oconomowoc ProHealth Cancer Center.
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