Zaring, age 64, of Manistee, MI, passed away May 11, 2018, at home following
a brief, intense battle with cancer. She went to be with Jesus Christ,
surrounded by family and at peace. Hospice of Manistee provided her
Catherine and her
husband, Glenn C. Zaring, had been together 38 years and had been in
Manistee since 2004. Previously, they lived in Chesterton, IN, Kalamazoo,
MI, and Huntington Beach, California.
Catherine was honored to serve on the Manistee City Council, with three
terms as Mayor Pro Tem. She loved the city and worked extensively to help
improve the city and the life for everyone. She volunteered a lot with
Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. Professionally, Catherine spent
over 20 years working as a Unit Secretary in hospitals. Catherine also did a
lot of festival management and ran the world famous Wizard of Oz Festival in
Indiana and the Sleighbell Festival in Manistee.
She was a major
quilter and had the opportunity to serve as President of the Victorian Quilt
Guild in Manistee. She loved the group and the fabulous ladies who make up
this active guild. As a craft person, Catherine loved making beautiful gifts
survived by her husband Glenn and brothers, Tom (Donna), Todd, Tim (Chris),
and Terry (Cindy), all from Illinois; her niece Sarah (Brent) Scaggs, and
great-nieces, Karsyn and Kassidy, also of Illinois. Tim and Chris' children,
Josh, Grace, Olivia, Emily (Kyle), Elizabeth (Scott) and grand-nephews,
Oliver and Logan. Numerous cousins, aunts and uncles also survive her.
school in Peoria, IL, and continued her higher education at Bradley
University and Calumet College, where she graduated in Business
Administration at the top of her class.
Her brief battle
with cancer was Catherine's "Final journey with God" and she felt blessed to
be able to share the journey with everyone as a witness to her faith. A
Missouri Synod Lutheran, she was comfortable in knowing where she was going.
was her witness and she documented it on Facebook for all to see. Her
message was one of love and promise of her Lord. The outpouring of love back
to her from all across the country and beyond was awe inspiring.
The Herbert Funeral
Home of Manistee, MI, is assisting the family with arrangements.