MARLETTE A ZUELCH
March 10, 1922 - March 5, 2014
Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on March 5 at the Key West Health and Rehabilitation in Key West, just five days short of her 92nd birthday.
Marlette Zuelch was born in Michigan to parents Roger and Elma (May) Griswold. She married her husband of 40 years, Wallace (Wally) Zuelch on June 4, 1943 while he was serving in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, they raised three children in Waterford, Michigan where they built their own house. Marlette and Wally came to Key West in 1978 after his retirement from the automotive business to get away from the Michigan winters and to be close to their son, Kirk and his wife Jeanne and their two grandsons. She continued to enjoy spending many summers in Michigan with her daughter, Debbie, and son, Dale.
Not long after coming to Key West and at the age when many people retire, Marlette went to work outside the home for the first time. She was a long-time secretary for the United Way of Monroe County and also for Monroe County's Senior Employment Program. She was loved by all she worked with!
Marlette enjoyed many cruises, traveling all over the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Alaska and Hawaii. She liked working in her yard, walking the boulevard, being out on the water, and spending time with her family. She also had an amazing "bunny" collection, with all kinds of bunny memorabilia and stuffed bunnies.
Marlette was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Marlette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of forty years, Wallace Zuelch (1984), second husband Calvin Camillo (2002), sister, Jene Griswold Winkelman, twin brothers, Richard Griswold and Robert Griswold, and infant granddaughter, Kerri Hope Zuelch.
She will be greatly missed by surviving children, Kirk (Jeanne) Zuelch of Key West, Debra (Chris) Squires of Royal Oak, Michigan, and Dale Zuelch of Muskegon, Michigan. "Grandma Z" leaves grandchildren, Christian (Lissette) Zuelch, and Kevin Zuelch (Velia Castro) of Key West, Jacklyn Rachel Sanders, and Nona Michelle Taylor (Matthew) of Traverse City Michigan, and great-grandchildren, Avery Zuelch, Trevor Zuelch, and Erika Dam all of Key West, and Nona Mekenzee Taylor and Brynn Marie Taylor of Traverse City, Michigan.
The family appreciates the special kindnesses of all who have enhanced the health and life of Marlette Zuelch, Dr John Calleja and staff, the wonderful staff at Key West Health and Rehabilitation, and especially dear friends, Kathy and Bill Greenwood.
Dean-Lopez is entrusted with final plans. The celebration and thanksgiving for the life of Marlette Zuelch continues. There will be a private remembrance at a later date.