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Karen Sue Zeller

Karen Sue Zeller, age 62, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully with her loving family at her bedside, Sunday morning, December 11, 2016 at The Flower Hospital, following a courageous 4 year battle with cancer. Karen was born August 19, 1954 in Toledo, Ohio to Clifford and Alice (Payne) Bowser. She was a 1972 graduate of Penta Career Center, and worked as a Toledo Blade Newstand Collector as well as a Blade Distributor in the Swanton area for 20 years, until her illness caused her to go on disability in 2013. During that time she owned and operated the former Karen's Kitchen and Long Horn Restaurant in Delta. She also worked alongside her loving husband, Thomas Edward Zeller, Sr., at the Ice Cream Crossing in Swanton.

Karen loved gardening and spending time at Oak Openings and just loved nature. She had an adventurous spirit and loved trying new things. Just recently she went on a 17 mile bike trip with her family. Karen has an extraordinarily close knit family, and she was the glue that held everyone together. She knew when everyone's birthday and anniversary was and would send out cards to each and every one of them for the special event in their lives. She loved music and had an excellent singing voice and enjoyed singing at family get-togethers.

She and Tom loved spending time in Florida and enjoyed the wonderful friends they made. They loved attending festivals, movies and theatre productions.

Karen was the greatest wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend anyone could ask for. She will be greatly missed by her beloved husband of 44 years, Tom; sons, Thomas E. Zeller, Jr. (Pamela) Zeller, Brian Scott (Irene) Zeller; stepdaughter, Michelle Lynn Zeller; daughter-in-law, Sandra Zeller; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she adored. She is also survived by her siblings, Sandra Scherf, Jim (Diane) Bowser, Joe (Lori) Bowser, Beverly (Shaggy) Hensley, Jerry (Robyn) Bowser, Diane Bowser, Gail (Scott) Blair and Mary (Brian) LaPoint; and many brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; stepson, Christopher John Zeller; brother-in-law, Paul Scherf and infant brother, Gary Bowser.

Family and friends may visit Tuesday, December 13th from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631). Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 14th at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Harold Ratliff officiating. Interment will follow at a later date at Swanton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Swanton Church of the Nazarene, 315 W. Airport Hwy., Swanton, OH 43558.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Tuesday, December 13th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton

Funeral Service: Wednesday, December 14th at 11:00 am in the Funeral Home

Interment at a later date: Swanton Cemetery

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We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in family and friends (Proverbs 17:17). For additonal strength, may you find it in God who cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Please accept our deepest condolences.

The Cole Family Dec 23 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, The Hepfinger Family

Barbara Hepfinger Dec 15 2016 12:00 AM

to jim and all to bowser family we send our sympathy's

leroy and deb Dec 15 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I'M sure you won' t recognize the name. I was friends with Karen when we were in high school. (Maiden name Janice Frank). May God comfort you in your grief. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

Janice Burchett Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM

sorry for your loss it has been over 40 yrs that your family has been the start of my first career

jeff overmyer Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM

Tom and family~ I am so sorry for your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kevin Kipker Dec 13 2016 12:00 AM

Keeping Karen,her beautiful smile and most gentle nature close to me in my memories.

Sheree Kwapis Dec 13 2016 12:00 AM

Our condolences to you and your family. You are in our prayers.

Claudia Sturm and Family Dec 13 2016 12:00 AM

Tom and Family, Very sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy

Mike and Kelly Gelske Dec 13 2016 12:00 AM

To the Zeller Family_My deepest condolences, so sorry for your loss, your family are in my heart and prayers,

Joanne Carter Dec 13 2016 12:00 AM

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