Cleopha Sharon Zauner

Cleopha Sharon Zauner passed away on April 2nd, 2021 in Los Altos, CA with her loving family by her side. Cleo was born in 1942 to Jack and Catherine Pelton in Cass City, Michigan. She had dreams to see more of the world and a desire to help people, so she decided to become a nurse and enrolled in St. Mary’s Nursing School.

While at nursing school, she met and ultimately married the love of her life, John Zauner, and they enjoyed 60 wonderful years together. She loved what she did and enjoyed a full, long career in healthcare - retiring just a few years ago. She spent the last part of her career at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital as a Critical Care nurse bringing much peace, comfort and compassion to the countless patients and family members that she cared for and interacted with. Over the years, Cleo also found time to volunteer at many organizations close to her heart.

Cleo loved many things including spoiling her grandkids, spending time at the Delta, traveling the world, working on crosswords, cooking and most of all spending time with her family.

She was strong willed, determined, passionate, accomplished and open minded. She loved traveling as it allowed her to spend time with those she loved and see the world! Despite spending the majority of her adult life in California, Michigan always held an incredibly special place in her heart.

Cleo was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and spouse. She is survived by her husband, John Zauner; her son, Mike and his wife Mitzi and children Monet and Max; her daughter, Jennifer and children Travis and Makayla; her sister Jacqueline and her husband Bill and children Aimee and Chris; her brother in law Fran and her late sister in law Joy and children, Ben and Tiffany - each of whom she loved and touched deeply.

Cleo will be missed and her memory will forever live in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity of your choice.

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