SPRINGFIELD- Dorothy L. Zake, 87, of Springfield, died at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born December 8, 1924 to Clarence and Lillian Peters Smith. She married Charles O. Zake on April 5, 1947 and he preceded her in death on June 4, 1981. Also preceding her in death are her parents, one brother, Joe Painter, one son, Harry Coffin and one niece.
Survivors include two sons, William (Shelly) Zake of Springfield, Francis “Half Pint” (Betty) Zake of Springfield, 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.
Dorothy was a member at Calvary Temple, she worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue, and was also homemaker. She was an avid NASCAR fan and loved spending time with her family.
Visitation: 5-7 pm Monday January 23, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 7 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Dawn Stuemke officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
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Aunt Doke, I can't believe you're gone but I will remember all the nights when you couldn't sleep and we would just sit and talk or drive around until dawn. You meant the world to my Dad and you were a very special person in my life and in my heart. I know you're in heaven and I know everyone that went before you is happy to be with you again. I will never forget you......
I remember always calling you to talk about how Sumiya was doing or calling to check on you. You were always thinking of us. If you werent calling me you were calling Michelle, Heather, or Bill. We had alot of good times. Im just glad you got to meet Sumiya. Even tho im about to have another one I know you will be looking down on him as his guardian angel. I really wish I could of had more time with you. I really just want to call you and hear your voice one more time. I will see you again one day. We love you very much Grandma and im sure you knew that. You will be truly missed. Me and Sumiya love you.
Grandma you will always be in my heart and I will never forget your wonderful smile.. you are my best friend and I will never forget the long phone calls me and you shared I loved when you called and talked to the great grandkids you never knew what little Nicholas was going to say :) Im going to always remember when you took us all to the airport and we would get slushies and watch the airplanes fly by and we would sit they for hours and talk and have the time of are lives laugh and enjoy each other. I will never forget the songs you sung to us when we were kids and I now sing those same songs to my kids. I know everyday I live you will be here for me and the great-grandkids. I have so many wonderful memories that we shared im so glad God give me a wonderful Grandma to share my life with. You forever will be missed and I know God will take very good care of you until I see you again. Forever and always love you your granddaughter Michelle
You will be missed bye a lot of people. You went out of you way for all your grand kids and great grand kids it is hard for all and the family will be in a lot of people prays
Carl A. Taylor posted on 1/23/12
The Carl A. Taylor family will remember you in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult of times.