Margaret “Maky” Althea Kendall Zielske, 75, of Lombard, died on August 6th, 2021, at Good Samaritan Hospital with her daughters by her side.
Beloved wife of the late Ronald H.; loving mother of Catherine Z. (Eric) Neiswender of Appleton, WI and Anne Z. (Andrew) Willett of Georgetown, KY; Fond grandmother of Martin; dear sister of Edward (Kay) Kendall of Glen Ellyn; twin sister of the late Karen Kendall; Adored by many nieces and nephews; dear sister-in-law of William (Anita) of Addison, Robert (the late Jackie) of FL, Rita (the late Eugene) Jenzen of Lombard; Daughter of the late Ellis and the late Althea Kendall of Fontana, WI; and friend of Bill.
Margaret was born while her dad was stationed in Panama during his time in the US Army Corp of Engineers, during WWII. She moved to Lombard in 1966 and graduated from Glenbard High School and College of DuPage in 1995 at the age of 50 with her Associates Degree (something she and her family were very proud of). She was an active member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran church, where she was a longtime choir member, Stephens Minister, and part of a number of committees within the church. She was a long time member of P.E.O. and held her P.E.O. sisters very close to her heart. The family always had a cat, and in recent years, she volunteered with the local cat shelter, Cat Guardians. In addition to being a proud mom and wife, Margaret worked as a tax preparer and as a secretary for Glenbard School District 87.
Maky’s friends and family knew her for her kindness and love for her family. She was a fantastic cook and would bake and decorate the most beautiful birthday and wedding cakes for nearly every celebration in the family. She had a beautiful singing voice, and used it frequently around the house, from the choir loft, and with the Elmhurst Choral Union.
Maky’s joys were her family, including her two daughters and grandson, and her ‘happy place’ of the family’s lake house. She and Ron were very dedicated to Anne and Catherine, trying their best to teach them to be kind, to appreciate the simple gifts of life, to value hard work, and the blessing of a loving church family. They were both good role models for their children and the friends and family around them. While she also suffered her share of pain, loss and difficult times, her faith remained her strong foundation. The music selected for her funeral is reflective of her love of music and singing, and her deep faith in Christ’s victory over death.
May she Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!
A visitation will be held on Friday, September 3, from 9 AM until the time of the Memorial Service at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace. Following interment, all are welcome to join the family for a luncheon at church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St John's Ev. Lutheran Church and School, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, IL 60148, would be appreciated.
Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home Lombard. Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.
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St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church
215 S. Lincoln, Lombard IL 60148