My name is Jean Zak Widder. I was born on February 23, 1921 to Loretta and Eben Roy Hanson in Stonington, Michigan, after 94 years of great life I died on March 12, 2015.

My mom and dad moved from Michigan to Door County, where I grew up with my six brothers and four sisters.

I was married in 1941 to Raphael Zak, who died in 1969. In 1972 I marred Reuben Widder, who died in 2004.

I was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother-in-law; Carol Nelson, Peggy (Buck) Kuehn, two brothers and a sister-inlaw; Jim (Rosie) Hanson, Larry Hanson, a step-daughter, and two infant great grandsons.

I was happy to know the joys of having three children; Leon Pat (Julie) Zak, Linda (Marcia Bergeson) Zak, Theodore (Lisa) Zak, four grandchildren; Chris (Maria) Zak, Kelly (Chris) Ullerich, Andy (Jenny) Zak, Rachel Miettinen, seven great grandchildren, 4 step children, 11 step grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

I am further survived by my brothers; Eben (June) Hanson, Robert (Florence) Hanson, William (Virginia) Hanson, Donald (Judy) Hanson; my sisters; Florence (Donald) Melichar, Helen Abrahamson, a sister-in-law; Aggie Hanson, and a brotherin law; Joe Nelson.

We moved our family to Plymouth in 1955 and I worked and retired from the Kohler Company after 18 years working as a Foundry Inspector. I was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, an avid reader of Western stories, a big fan of Western TV shows and movies and enjoyed collecting anything Southwest in nature, including dolls and plates. I loved to travel and to go camping and was famous in my family for making cakes and rum fudge. I enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers with my friends and was always lucky in the football pools. All in all, it was a great life and I enjoyed myself.

Funeral services were held at 6 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Schneider Funeral Home (123 South Street) Plymouth. Burial took place at 11 AM on Monday morning in the St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery in Baileys Harbor. Friends could call on Sunday from 3 PM until the time of service.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful people at Rocky Knoll Health Care Center and Hedy Schweitzer for taking such fantastic care of Jean these past years.

The family also wishes to thank all those who allowed themselves to be part of Jean’s life and in turn, her life to be of theirs.

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