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Shirley L. Zarza
  • Holy Angels Catholic Church
    402 S. Nottawa Street
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI

“Shirley was one of my favorite residents at Maple Towers. I loved talking to her about her travels, family and painting. I looked forward to her...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Cara Davis - Charleston, SC

“We have many fond memories with Aunt Shirley. She was much adored by many and will be missed very much. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Susan Spieth - Newtown Square, PA

“I'm very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a lovely and kind lady. We painted together in Howe, Indiana, at Karl Mosier's class a few years ago,...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Sharon Bowman - Sturgis, MI

“Sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I knew her from Maple Towers where she always had a kind and positive word for everybody. She will be missed...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Dort Baker - Sturgis, MI - Friend

“To the family, I am sorry to hear the news about your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your...Read More »
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Shirley L. Zarza, age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday morning, February 19, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born January 20, 1926 in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, Canada daughter of the late George and Anna (Miller) Garside.
Shirley resided in Fort St. John, British Columbia until the age of three when the family moved to Albany Georgia where she lived until 1939. She lived in several communities including Boston, Massachusetts, Rome, New York, Washington D.C., Dayton, Ohio, Nottawa and for many years in the Sturgis area.
She retired from the Department of Social Services in Centreville following many years of dedicated employment and had been employed as a stenographer with the State Department while living in Washington, D.C. She also worked in the kitchens of Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville and Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis and she was a homemaker and a dedicated mother.
Mrs. Zarza was a talented painter and enjoyed attending art classes.
She is survived by two daughters: Loretta Zarza of Mill Valley, California and Lorraine Zarza of San Diego, California; four sons: Eric (Ruby) Zarza of Napa, California, Christopher Zarza of Hubbardston, Massachusetts,, Paul Zarza of Three Rivers and Steven (Jeanne) Zarza of Sturgis; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister: Lois Ives of Franklin, Tennessee and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Lyons Garside and Larry Garside and two sisters: Patsy Elizar and Elaine Myers.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. Private committal of the ashes will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. The Rev. Father Evelio Ramirez will officiate. A gathering of friends and family to share a meal and honor and celebrate the life of Shirley L. Zarza will be held from 12:00-3:00 P.M. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Trio's Deli, 107 S. Maple St in Sturgis.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Zarza's memory consider the Holy Angels Catholic Church, 402 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.