OCEAN PARK - Longtime Ocean Park resident Muriel L. Zitsch, age 81, died peacefully Feb. 26, 2003 at a hospital in Portland, Ore. Born Aug. 28, 1921 in Portland, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Pearl (Kegley) Frack.

She attended the local schools in Portland and graduated from Girls Polytechnic High School in 1940. On Aug. 1, 1945 she married Charles M. Zitsch in San Francisco, Calif. where he was serving in the military. The couple moved to Ocean Park in 1960 and operated a motel, the Lee Ann Court, for many years. During this time she was also employed with Telephone Utilities of Washington as an auditor. She retired in the early 1980s.

Mrs. Zitsch enjoyed her church, her family and friends and her extended church family. Her hobbies included knitting and crocheting and she was an avid "Blazer" fan.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 43 years in 1988, grandson Richard Lentz, great-grandson Michael Weidner, great-granddaughter Felica Weidner, and nephew Wayne A. Schafer. Survivors include two daughters: Charlene Pumphrey and husband Buck of Stanwood, and Eileen Weidner and partner Ossie Steiner of Ocean Park; sister Velma Schafer of Portland, Ore.; niece Sandra Leymaster of Gresham, Ore.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild due in March.

Private cremation has been held. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 1 at the Peninsula Baptist Church in Ocean Park, with Pastor Kerry Stroupe officiating. A reception followed the service at the Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Peninsula Baptist Church, P.O. Box 509, Ocean Park, WA 98640. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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