Lorraine A. Zeller

January 9, 1931 - October 6, 2021
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Lorraine A. Zeller, age 90, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully, late Wednesday, October 6, 2021, in Park Village Health Care Center at Dover following a period of declining health.

Born in Buffalo, New York on January 9, 1931, Lorraine was one of five children born to the late Cletus and Anna Crowley Fox.

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Lorraine A. Zeller, age 90, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully, late Wednesday, October 6, 2021, in Park Village Health Care Center at Dover following a period of declining health.

Born in Buffalo, New York on January 9, 1931, Lorraine was one of five children born to the late Cletus and Anna Crowley Fox.

Lorraine attended The Sacred Heart Academy in Buffalo and received her RN at Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing. While at nursing school, she met the love of her life, Dr. James F. Zeller, who was attending medical school at the time. The couple married on June 14, 1952, and lived in Niagara Falls, New York, Youngstown, and Akron prior to relocating to the Tuscarawas Valley in 1957 where they would raise their family. In her early years, Lorraine, a devoted wife and mother, balanced work life as a nurse for her husband, Jim as his practice grew and also maintained her home and family duties.

A longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Philadelphia, Lorraine was involved with the Tuscarawas County Tourist Club, Junior Clionian Society, The Twig 2, now known as the Union Hospital Auxiliary, and various Union Country Club Social Committees. Lorraine enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing bridge, traveling and vacationing in Sandestin, Florida. She also loved crafting, and painting with watercolors. Many friends and every family member have been blessed to have artwork by Lorraine hanging on their walls.

Lorraine was known for her big cookie and big pop party time with her grandkids. Lorraine loved organizing fun and game events at family gatherings in which there were always great prizes; and always ensured everyone got something. Her favorite sayings were, “Cool it with the boom booms”, “That’s my name not my number”, and when it was time to leave, she would always say, “Jim, we need to go home now and watch ‘Murder She Wrote’.”

Surviving are her sons, William (Nancy) Zeller of Tucson Arizona, and David (Cathy) Zeller of New Philadelphia; her sister, Eleanor Fox of Columbus, Ohio, five grandchildren, Andy Zeller (Jennifer) of San Marcos, California, Sarah (Kevin) Koshko of Scottsdale, Arizona, Chrissy (Sam) Henry of Midland Texas, Katie (Jeff) Dietrich of Apex, North Carolina and Kimberly (Mandy) Zeller of Cary, North Carolina and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 65 years, Dr. James Zeller, M.D.; her siblings, Rita Scherer, Sister Paula Fox, OSF, and Dr. Edward Fox, M.D.

In keeping with Lorraine’s wishes there will be no public visitation or services. A private service will take place at a later date with inurnment to follow alongside her husband in the Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia. The Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia is handling arrangements.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Park Village in Dover for the care and compassion they provided to both Jim and Lorraine during their stay.

Instead of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 139 3rd Street NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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A private service will take place at a later date.


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Calvary Cemetery - New Philadelphia

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Delaware Drive, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church

139 3rd St NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: January 9, 1931
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Jeanie James posted on 10/8/21

To the Zeller Family, My sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of your dear mother, Lorraine. She was a beautiful person and a great neighbor when they lived on East High. Your father took great care of our family's broken bones, etc. over the years. Truly a heartfelt loss.

 

MR. & DR KEVIN B. AND DENISE (MCENROE) PETITTE posted on 10/8/21

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY, THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!!

 

Chris Maurer posted on 10/8/21

Some of my happiest moments growing up were at Lorraine and Jim’s house. Myself and 3 siblings with Lorraine and Jim’s 3 grandchildren (Dave and Cathy’s girls) would go swimming at their pool, play dress-up in their basement and ride big wheels in their driveway. Lorraine was always the most positive, compassionate and energetic person. She will be deeply missed. Condolences to the family, celebrate her amazing life and take comfort in knowing she’s now reunited with Jim.

 

Jim Elco posted on 10/8/21

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Over the years, I have had the privilege and pleasure of taking communion to Lorraine at Park Village. She always had beautiful music playing, her paintings on display in the back room, and plenty of time for good conversation. She first accepted me as a friend when I showed her some of her husband's surgical handiwork on my forearm, from an accident I had in 1963. She will be greatly missed. God bless, Jim Elco New Philadelphia

 

Melanie Archer posted on 10/8/21

Dave and Cathy and Family, I am very sorry for the loss of your Mother and Grandmother...She and your Dad were a special couple...Believe it or not I always looked forward to going to their office because they were the kindest and most caring Doctor and Nurse (along with Edna) that i ever had! It is always comforting to know that when the final day comes,our parents are together again in Heaven. They both took care of alot of us here on earth. You are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort....

 

Joan Goth posted on 10/7/21

My sincere sympathy to you Dave and all of the Zeller family. Perhaps my parents might meet again with your parents in heaven and reminisce your Dad’s care for some of the Goth kids during our childhood. May you all have peaceful hearts with the many memories of your Mom and Dad’s life.

 

Martha Fankhauser posted on 10/7/21

What a beautiful and wonderful lady! She always reminded me of a movie star and was always so gracious to all the “East” end kids. To Bill and Dave and families you are in my heart and prayers. She has earned her reward…’well done good and faithful servant ‘ sincerely Martha Massarelli Fankhauser

 

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