Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 8, 2013

Lola Mary Zaremba Died Sept. 3, 2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Lola Mary Zaremba, of Traverse City and Fort Myers, Fla., passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Lola was born to Carl and Maida Barth in Blissfield on May 24, 1917.

After graduating from high school in Lyons, Ohio, Lola attended Bowling Green State University, graduating in 1939 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Lola was captain of the women’s swimming team and a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority at Bowling Green.

She began teaching in Delta, Ohio, and found herself coaching boy’s varsity football and varsity basketball.

Lola married Chester Edwin Zaremba Sr. on Nov. 1, 1941. Chet preceded her in death this year on Feb. 21.

Lola and Chet moved to Traverse City in 1955, where she continued teaching and raising four children, all of whom survive, Kathleen “Kathy” Kroupa, of Traverse City, Stanley “Stan” and wife, Carol, of Traverse City, Chester Jr. “Chet” and wife, Jennifer, of Petoskey, and Thomas “Tom” and wife, Kathleen “Kathie,” of Madison, Wis. Lola is also survived by her brother, Harold (Delores) Barth, of Adrian; brother, Richard (Phyllis), of Parma, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were a sister, Flossie Mossing; and brother, Harvey Barth.

While teaching and raising her children Lola continued her higher education and obtained a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in school administration from Michigan State University.

Lola had a love of geology and ecology and strove to protect the Great Lakes and surrounding watershed.

Lola and her husband spent the summer of 1973 in China after then President Nixon opened travel, which was limited to educators that year.

Lola spent most of her teaching career in the Traverse City Public School system, teaching American history until her retirement.

She was an active member of the Traverse City Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) group for many years.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Willow Cottage of the Grand Traverse Pavilions and Munson Hospice House for their special care and treatment of our mother.

Interment will be in the Bohemian Cemetery on Old Mission Peninsula, where she will be laid to rest with her husband of 71 years.

It is suggested that any charitable donations in her memory be sent to the charity of your choice.

Please sign Lola’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.