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Josephine L. (Nelson) Zeik

September 11, 1933 ~ May 17, 2020 (age 86)


Josephine L. Zeik, 86, of Rockford passed away at 2:15 AM on May 17, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She was born on September 11, 1933, in Adams County, Indiana, to the late Cloyd and Orfa (Coon) Nelson.

On May 25, 1985, she married the love of her life, Frederick D. Zeik, who passed away on January 14, 2020. Together they shared over 34 years of memories. She has been a Rockford resident for over 30 years, coming from Berne, IN.

A graduate of Geneva High School, Josephine went on to retire as an executive secretary from Micro Precision. Prior to that she worked in the office of Bixler Insurance. She was a longtime member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Rockford, OH.

In her younger years, Josephine could often be found on the links playing golf. While she never had children of her own, she loved and adored her nieces and nephews as if they were her own.

She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews, as well as numerous great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her brothers: Wayne and Harold Nelson; and sisters: Ruby Augsburger, Ruth Miller and Mary Catherine Nelson.

Because of national health concerns, Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home and the Josephine's family are following directives outlined by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

While family and friends are invited to attend Josephine's graveside service at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, OH, we ask that those who are at most risk, or those feeling sick, to remain home. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing and refrain from hugging, kissing, shaking hands and close contact. There will be a brief viewing graveside from 9:30 AM to service time.

Please reach out to us by phone (419-363-3981) or via on-line condolences at and we will share your sympathies with the Josephine's family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Josephine`s memory may be sent to St. Teresa Catholic Church for Masses.

To share in Josephine's on-line memorial, please visit

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, 111 W. First Street, Rockford, OH 45882.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Josephine L. (Nelson) Zeik, please visit our floral store.


May 22, 2020

10:30 AM
Riverside Cemetery
3750 US-33
Rockford, OH 45882

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