ZAHLIS, Maria Margarete

b. 13 Dec 1914 - Lac du Bonnet, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada

d. 1 Dec 2007 - San Francisco, California

From San Francisco Chronicle - Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Submitted by Waynetill@ comcast.net
Maria Margarete FitzGibbon Died peacefully on December 1, 2007 in South San
Francisco at age 92. She was preceded in death by her husband James Michael (FITZGIBBON); and daughter, Lynn Kathleen. Born in Lac du Bonnet, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada on December 13, 1914, and raised in Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada. She lived in several U.S. cities before moving to San Francisco, where she married in 1952. With her husband she lived in South San Francisco for many years, in Sonoma County for 22 years, then with her daughter in South San Francisco for the last four and a half years. During WWII she was a memberof the U.S. Citizens Defense Corp of Los Angeles. She was a musician, receiving certification from the London School of Music. While in Los Angeles, she sang in choruses, which included a performance in the Hollywood Bowl in 1948 under the direction of Eugene Ormandy. She also sang with the SF Bach Choir and was a church pianist and organist for many years. She was a longtime employee for the City of South SF in the Building Inspection Dept, and after retirement, she traveled extensively with her husband.
Survived by her beloved daughter Diane FitzGibbon; beloved step-daughter Gloria Fitzgibbon Hughes (Michael Hughes); beloved step-grandsons, Geoffrey and Sean Hughes; beloved brother Paul Zahlis; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. She had a great love for her family and friends, lived her life to the fullest, with dignity and guided by her faith. She touched the hearts of many, and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at 11am Saturday, December 15, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 280 Country Club Dr, South San Francisco, CA. This article appeared on page Z - 99 of the San Francisco Chronicle
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b. 23 Sep 1915 - Dodge, North Dakota

d. 11 Sep 2007 - Billings, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 14 Sep 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Lydia Schield, 91, of Billings, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007. at St. Vincent Healthcare.
She was born on Sept. 23, 1915, in Dodge, N.D., a daughter to Jacob and Minnie Ziegler. Lydia lived and grew up on the family farm in Dodge. She worked at various jobs on farms in and around Dodge. At the age of 21 she met Otto SCHIELD and they were married in Sidney, Mont., on Oct. 29, 1936. Together Lydia and Otto raised five children and farmed in Sidney until 1956 when they moved to Billings. Lydia worked at St. Vincent Hospital in the Housekeeping Department. She later worked in the Drapery Dept. of JC Penney's Department store in Billings. She then started her own drapery business working out of her home creating lovely window solutions for many homes in Billings. Lydia's hands were never idle as she was always mending, altering and sewing clothing for family and friends. She also designed and created beautiful handmade quilts for family members.
When her health failed, she began crocheting afghans for family and friends. Lydia was also an outstanding German cook. Family and friends gathered to enjoy many of her famous German feasts with Otto playing his accordion or the piano.
Lydia was preceded in death in 1986 by her husband, Otto Schield after 50 years of marriage; her sons, Mike Schield in 1973, Jim Schield in 1975; granddaughter Audrey Ostwald; and grandson K.C. Miller, 1991.
She is survived by her daughter, Arlene Sheldon (Marvin) of Woodburn, Ore.; son, Willie Schield (Diane) of Billings; daughter, Carol Rottenbiller (Randy) of East Glacier Park; grandchildren, Bill Ostwald (Jackie) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Wende Polen (Mark) of Billings, Tina Schield of Elko, Nev., Kevin Schield of Salem, Ore., and Mike Mitzel (Jaymie) of Billings. Lydia also enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Ashley, Nickalous Hiersh of Elko, Nev., and Lane and Avery Polen of Billings.
Lydia always had a sweet smile for anyone who was fortunate to be in her presence. She touched the lives of so many people throughout her life and was the foundation for our family gatherings.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at St. John's for their excellent care and support of our Lydia. A special thanks to the Staff of 3-Tower at St. Vincent Healthcare for their excellent care of Lydia during her final days and special thanks to Kathy, RN, for her comforting presence and support for our family during her final hours. The family also wishes to extend our gratitude to Kaye Blair, RN, for the continued support and assistance she provided to Lydia for the past two years.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Ministries, P.O. Box 3139, Billings, MT 59107-1397. Michelotti-Sawyers is in charge of arrangements.


ZIMMER, Selma C. (Stradtman)

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ZIMMERMAN, Katherine (Gerlock)

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