Mary Zacharias


MARYSVILLE -- Mary Ruth Bok Zacharias, 82, of Marysville, formerly of Cleveland, Scott City, Mo., and the Sherwood area, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville.

A graduate of Robinwood School of Nursing, she served as a registered nurse (RN) for many years in obstetrics and geriatrics. A loving mother and devoted wife, she cherished her role as the spouse of a Lutheran minister and was active for many years in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and other church organizations. A member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marysville, she was confirmed April 2, 1942, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sherwood, Ohio. She was an advocate of holistic health and healing. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, especially euchre and traveling. Above all, she loved reunions and special times with her family.

She was born July 3, 1930, in Sherwood, Ohio, to the late Enos and Eliese Huth Bok, and was also predeceased by her husbands, Robert D. Mechler (1953) and Rev. Edward H.P. Zacharias (2007); her daughter, Ruth Ann Crutcher (2011); and a brother, Arnold Bok.

She is survived by her children, Richard Mechler of St. Louis, Mo., John Zacharias of Marysville, Rev. Eric (Mary) Zacharias of Cologne, Minn., Alan (Rhonda) Zacharias of Winfield, Ill., and Sharon (Scott) Pender of Marysville; 14 grandchildren, Rachel, Rebecca and Robert Crutcher, Sarah (Mike) Connolly, Andrew, Hannah, Evan, Luke, Lori, Holden and Lily Zacharias and Nicholas, Chelsea and Caleb (Jessica) Pender; five great-grandchildren, Abigail, Matthew, Jordan, Jeremiah and Kylee; two brothers, Rev. Wilbert (Martha) Bok of Columbia City, Ind., and Delbert Bok of Sherwood; a sister, Elma Kane of Bay Village; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marysville where the family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. Burial to follow at the church cemetery. Rev. John W. Fair will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to "Above and Beyond" Gift Matching Program at St. John's Lutheran School, Marysville; Lutheran Women's Missionary League; or St. John's Lutheran Church in Sherwood, Ohio. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville is in charge of arrangements.

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