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Marcella Zucchini

Marcella Jean Zucchini (Savage)

Thursday, June 4th, 1925 - Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
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Obituary

June 4th, 1925 was an auspicious day for the parents of Marcella Jean Savage, daughter of Daniel Boone and Meredith Savage in Springfield, MO. That very Thursday marked the birth of Marcella Jean and the beginning of a long legacy of social/civic engagement, motherhood, a generosity of spirit, and her deep devotion to her family and her God.
And in the late afternoon of September 16th, 2020, Marcella Jean Zucchini passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and their families. She is survived by her husband of 74 years Robert, her 8 children (Marciann, Mariann, Georgina, Joe, Robbie, Teresa, Dan, and Christina). As well as her 23 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.

Her commitment to leaving the world a better place and to be one of the “helpers” took shape early on as she became an RN following her graduation from Central High School and practiced for a time at St. John’s Hospital. And on November 11, 1946, she married Robert John Zucchini and shortly after that began her journey into motherhood. When asked how many children she wanted to have, both her and Robert replied “more”.

But motherhood alone didn’t satisfy her appetite for service. She was a stellar advocate for the Birthright organization which revealed her deep respect for the sanctity of life. For many years she volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a regular “pink lady” at Mercy Villa supporting the needs of the elderly, gave her time to the Red Cross doing cholesterol screenings, served meals at the school lunch room, and recruited her own kids collecting donations for the March of Dimes.

But what sustained her throughout was her deep faith. Early on in her marriage she secretly began instructions and became a convert to Catholicism. She had such great love for the Church she was an almost daily late morning attendee at Mass. One of her favorite sayings was “This too shall pass” which gave her the trust and strength to navigate life’s lessons with a knowingness that all was in “His hands”.

If she had a legacy, it would surely be the kindness and character of her children that must have flowed silently from her own DNA to theirs. And a late sixties rock tune graced us with the
lyrics, “And when I die, they’ll be one sweet child in this world to carry on, to carry on”. In the case of “Momma Marci”, there are many.

Because of the current Covid-19 pandemic, funeral services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, please mail donations to the following:
Fundraising Coordinator, Muscular Dystrophy Association, 204 Executive Court #208, Little Rock AR 72205. and/or
JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! Regional one is 1850 Lee Rd Suite 132. Winter Park, Fl 32789.

Permanent online condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.hhlohmeyer.com.

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Service Details

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Chapel
    Address
    500 E. Walnut Street
    SPRINGFIELD, MO 65806
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    Officiant
    Fr. Tom Kiefer
  • Interment

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 |
    When
    Monday, September 21st, 2020
    Location
    Resurrection Cemetery
    Address
    4677 W Division St
    SPRINGFIELD, MO 65802
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Janolyn Savage-Vogt

Posted at 10:35am
In loving memory of Aunt M, she was a light in my life. I thank the Lord God for every moment I was blessed with knowing such an ANGEL Here on earth
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Carol Lee Vickery

Posted at 02:37pm
My mother, Mary Lou Lee, and Mrs. Zucchini were members of the "Lunch Bunch", a group of like-minded Catholic women who loved and gave their entire lives. They met on a monthly basis and shared their stories and experiences in order to help each other with life. I will always have fond memories of Mrs. Zuchinni and her incredible sense of style, poise, and charm. I will cherish the memories of my Mother talking about "Marci" One of my favorites was when Mrs. Z said to the group, "I don't know why our girls want to leave the hospital the day after giving birth. When we were having babies we wanted to stay as long as possible. It was the only time we got to rest!" It is amazing the circle of life. Our parents grow old and pass....yet it seems like yesterday was 1968. I am so sorry for your family's loss ..... but heaven's gain.
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Stephanie Zucchini

Posted at 12:38pm
Dear Zucchini Family,
My heart goes out to all of you. Losing a woman with such poise and grace is truly a loss to us all.
The memories I have of our times together will remain with me forever. My favorite memory I have of Mama Zucchini is during Thanksgiving. Everyone was arriving at Dan's house and it was pretty chaotic. What Zucchini celebration wasn't, right? Marcella and I decided we would park ourselves right in front of the stove and not move. We truly connected that day as we stirred the gravy and 'pretended' to be busy. We really enjoyed watching everyone else come in and mingle, chat, and find their place amongst the chaos. That is one of the things I love most about this family. No matter what situation, there was always laughter and love. Marcella made that happen. I loved being a part of your family and I will cherish that memory for the rest of my life, especially when I make gravy at Thanksgiving! All my love and prayers.
Sincerely,
Stephanie Zucchini
 
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Joe Zucchini Posted at 02:40pm

Thank you kindly Stephanie for your kind and enlightened perspective from someone that was on the inside. You have sweet memories of our mother, and a point of view that is unique and insightful. Wishing you the best always...
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