OBITUARY: Margaret Zak Orsted

Margaret Agnes Marie Zak Orsted died Aug. 14, 2018.

Born April 23, 1920 at home in “The Polish Settlement”, Town of Gibraltar. Margaret was the youngest of 16 children born to Martin and Agnes Kuberski Zak.

Margaret attended Pershing School, Town of Gibraltar. She worked as a waitress and maid at the local resorts, and at the age of 18 she moved to Milwaukee to work as a housemaid.

She married the boy next door and the love her life, Gardner Arthur Orsted, Jr. on June 7, 1941 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor. They celebrated 75 years of marriage with their family in 2016. Gardie preceded her in death in September of 2016.

They made their home in Racine from 1941 until Gardner was called to serve in the US Army in 1943. Margaret and their daughter Janice moved back to Baileys Harbor to live with her parents. After the war ended Margaret and Gardner settled on Little Marsh Road, Town of Gibraltar where they raised their family.

Margaret is a lifelong member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church (Stella Maris Parish).She was a charter member of VFW Auxiliary Post 9290 and the Ladies of St. Mary’s Altar Sodality. She was an active member and held various offices in each group. She was an active member of the Baileys Harbor Senior Citizens group. She and Gardner were active participants of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society. Margaret is survived by daughter Janice Hanson and son Wayne (Kate) Orsted. She is further survived by Grandchildren Scott (Sheryl) Hanson, Michele Padovano, Jennifer (Chris Gittens) Orsted and Frederick (Mary) Orsted. Ten Great-Grandchildren, Jonathan (Tiffany) Hanson, Amber (Jesse) Neuser, Christopher (Crystal) Hanson, Adriana Hanson, Kole Kotche, Natalie Padovano, William Gittens, Alexander Gittens, Theodore Orsted and Alaina Orsted. Also Great-Great-Grandchildren, Aliyah Hanson, Trevor Hanson, Brady Hanson, Aiyana Neuser, Ameliya Neuser, Jordan Neuser, Kaylie Hanson, Karissa Hanson, Layla Hanson, and Luella Hanson.

She is survived by Sisters In-Laws: Jane Zak Maufort, Mercedes Zak, Pat Orsted, Wilma Biwer Joyce Hussong, and Joan Slaby (fiance, Dennis McGrath). She was preceded in death by her husband Gardner, son Gary Orsted, and son-in-law Michael Hanson. Her siblings: John (Marie) Zak, Andrew Zak, Edward (Mae) Zak, Gertrude (Edwin) Fromholtz, Martha (James) Powers, Anne (George) Simon, Leo (Agnes) Zak, Philip (Bernadine) Zak, Mary Zak, Stanley Zak, Joseph (Phyllis) Zak, Flavian (Marion) Zak, Martin (Alice) Zak, Anton Zak, and Sebastian Zak.Brother-in-laws: John (Mary) Orsted, Orville Orsted, Edward (Delores) Orsted, Joe and Mike Biwer, Elaine (Edward) Zahn, Earl Orsted, Ervin Orsted, Alvin (Dixie) Orsted, Dale (Marie) Orsted, Wayne Hussong.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at St Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor, WI. Rev. David Ruby will officiate.

Burial will be in the church cemetery. Family will greet relatives and friends at the Church on Saturday from 9:30 am until the time of services. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Margaret’s name.


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