Myrtle L. Zander

Myrtle L. Zander, 95, of Indianapolis, passed away August 11, 2016. She was born January 5, 1921, to the late George and Georgia (Herald) Surber.

Myrtle was a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. She married Wilfred F. Zander in May of 1945, and during WWII she was employed with Diamond Chain, and later with Naval Avionics making bomb sights. During the 60’s she worked in the office of Teamsters Union Local #135, and retired from Alexander Typesetting where she was a proofreader.

Myrtle was a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother and active in the O.E.S. She was a spouse of one of the founders of the Murat Shrine Clown Unit, was involved in the Ladies Auxiliary, and a supporter of Friends of the Library. Myrtle was an avid reader, loved doing cross-stitch and always cultivated a beautiful garden. She had entered her sewing in the Greenfield Riley Festival for the past 10 years and won several Champion Ribbons.

Myrtle is survived by her children, Becky Smoot (Wayne), Jeffrey Zander (Barbara), Penny Head (Michael, deceased) and Gwen Thomas (Scott); grandchildren, Nikki Leslie (Jamie), Matthew Zander, Aaron Zander (Michelle), Sara Head (Adam Crane) and Ashley Thomas; great-grandchildren, Logan Smoot, Amelie-Alyse Zander and Amaya Zander; and brother, Edward Cox.

Myrtle’s husband of 64 years, Wilfred F. Zander; brother, Fred Surber; and step-father, Kenneth Cox, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, August 15, at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, 9606 E. Washington St. with funeral services at noon on Tuesday, August 16.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Federation for the Blind and/or “The Daily Bread”.

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