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Catherine Louise Zaring passes away at age 64

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Catherine Louise 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 end-of-life services.

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.

Most recently, 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 for people.

Catherine is 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.

Catherine attended 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.

Catherine's battle 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.


Posted 5/16/2018




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