Glenn Zerler

Glenn Zerler

Sunday, March 7th, 1937 - Saturday, January 18th, 2020
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Glenn Zerler, 82, passed on January 18, 2020 at 7:23 a.m. with his wife Kathy and his long-time caregiver, Marcia Grajauskis, at his bedside.

Glenn was a traveler with an incomparable wanderlust; he loved Lake Michigan and the West Basin Marina, where he served on the Recreational Harbor Authority. He was skillful piloting his boats along the shores of the Great Lakes, through the intercoastal waterways, and up into Canada’s North Channel. He collected cars, kept them in pristine condition, and won awards at car shows; he loved to fly.

In his 30-year career at Whirlpool, Glenn traveled nationally and internationally. As he flew over this country, he decided to retire early and visit every state in America and every province in Canada. He made that promise a reality, bought a motor coach, and with Kathy as navigator, they traveled for 25 years taking their beloved dogs with them, and spending time in every national park.

Glenn was known for his wit, good humor, reading and listening to the news, and passionately caring for the people and animals he loved. He earned a B.A. in business from Michigan State University.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, brothers-in-law Gary (Pat) and David Schultz, sister-in-law Karen Schultz, special sisters Jennifer Schultz and Eleanor Marquis, nephew Jeff, and nieces Erin, Jenny, Ericka, Abigail, Nora and Lena Kathryn.

He was preceded by his parents Frieda (Klemm) and Irvin Zerler, and his sister Joan.

Glenn’s funeral will be held on Friday, January 24, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, with Pastor Jeffrey Hubers officiating. Visitation will be at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, on Thursday, January 23, from 2-4 p.m. Private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Glenn’s name to Caring Circle’s Hospice Services, 4025 Health Park Ln., St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 11:00am
    First Congregational United Church of Christ - St. Joseph
    2001 Niles Ave
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Margaret Baker

Posted at 01:50am
Kathy, we just learned of Glenn's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Fondly, Dick and Margaret Baker (Venture Out)

Elizabeth Carter-Flood

Posted at 12:21pm
Glenn was such a kind man. Kathy, you were blessed to have shared your life with such a great guy!

Barbara Lange

Posted at 04:42pm
So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. May God give you strength at this most difficult time.
Barbara Mummaw Lange

V. Thomas Mawhinney

Posted at 10:44am
Dean Kathy,
Sally and I are very sad to learn that Glenn has passed away. My summer life at the West Basin Marina will honestly never be the same. Glenn was a casual acquaintance to me around the Marina for several years, but various social events brought Sally and I together with you and Glenn, and we always enjoyed these times. You and Glenn eventually “swallowed the anchor” to travel extensively, and then we did not see you for a time.
One of my earliest recollections of Glenn, was a chance meeting: It still makes me chuckle and shake my head. One hot summer day I was crawling around on our dock-side sail boat, the Sally Louise, varnishing our “bright work”. It was hot; I was sweating, tired and my knees hurt.
Here came Glenn, walking the dock as he regularly did. He stopped at our bow, and I happily rested on the doghouse for a chat. After a short time, he turned to continue his walk laughingly hollered over his shoulder: “Your teak looks really nice, I love teak… so long as it’s not on my boat!”
Score one for Glenn!
That is how it started. Each of our following meetings, over nearly two decades, became an increasingly friendly mutual tease-fest that peaked during Glenn’s last summer at the West Basin.
Often, I would enter the West Basin lounge area and find Glenn sitting on a comfortable chair reading his newspaper with his beloved dog at his side. This past summer, Glenn was also accompanied by his care-taker and was clearly not well, but he never complained.
Still, as always before, we normally exchanged a few pleasantries and then it would begin. Just after our nice hello’s and before our friendly good-byes, there was a short period of rough and tumble teasing, good-natured banter and competitive “guy-talk”. It was always great fun and I would look forward to seeing Glenn the next time.
Glenn was a unique and special summer friend at the West Basin. I am sad about his passing and I will always remember and miss our fun-filled little meetings there.
Sally and I wish God’s Blessings to, Kathy, and all of your loved ones. May He give you comfort and peace. We can only imagine how much you will miss him.
Tom and Sally Mawhinney


Joyce Zindler Marquardt

Posted at 04:16pm

I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Glenn who was your friend and love for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time.

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