October 12, 1935 – July 13, 2020
Sally Lee Hole Zeiter (84), of Greenville, Ohio, beloved wife, mother and Granny, went home to join the Lord and the great cloud of witnesses on July 13th, 2020. A vibrant, thunderous force, she spent her life and fortune and energy summoning together her family for holiday celebrations, The Great Darke County Fair, and an annual vacation with five generations at Indiana Beach on Lake Schafer. When she cooked, she cooked enough for an army, when she spoiled, she lavished gifts and candy and cookies on anyone who walked in her back door (but especially her grandchildren).
Sally was born October 12, 1935 in Greenville, Ohio and was the firstborn of three children to the late Richard E. and Harriet (Watson) Hole. Sally graduated from Greenville High School in the class of 1953. She attended Miami-Jacobs Career College, The University of Michigan, and received her master’s degree in education from Oakland University in Michigan.
She married Erwin “Zeke” Zeiter in October 1959 and they had three children: Tammy Lee, Matthew Paul and Kimberly Jo. Her love story with Zeke is one of redemption. Sally and Zeke divorced midlife in 1981 and after 18 years, through prayer and by the grace of God they reconciled and were remarried with all of their children and grandchildren present in Fairhope, AL in March 1999 and were able to spend another 21 years together as husband and wife.
Sally taught elementary school in Ferndale, MI for many years. In Ohio, she worked for Corning Glass Works, Greenville City Schools and retired from The Neff Company. She was an active member of First Congregational Christian Church, alongside many members of her family. Sally served as President of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club from 2011 until 2014.
Sally Lee loved her family and the time they spent together most of all. She also thoroughly enjoyed drinking black coffee while working a crossword puzzle on the screened in porch, playing Solitaire and other card games, decorating for and celebrating Easter, Halloween and Christmas, completing a jigsaw at the dining room table, watching (and falling asleep during) movies, making breakfast for a bunch of sleepy grandchildren (Angels and Tigers!), eating Maidrites and ice cream cones at the City Park after feeding the ducks, and keeping her freezer stocked with mini Snickers bars.
Her parents, grandparents, and her youngest granddaughter Cortney Noel Bowers preceded her in death. Her husband Erwin “Zeke” Zeiter; younger siblings Richard E. (Barb) Hole and Harriett “Kay” (Lawrence) Bales; her three children Tammy (Dean) Balu, Matt (Julie) Zeiter, and Kim (Mike) Bowers; her grandchildren and spouses Tara Lee (Lance) Schaubert, Lauren Watson (Patrick) Wheeler, Brittany LeeAnn (Japheth) Bear, Bethany Grace (Ian) Johnson, Samuel Paul (Allyce) Bowers, Kristin Marie Zeiter, John Matthew Zeiter and Micah Paul Balu; two great-granddaughters Lyla Grace and Sadie Watson Wheeler; and numerous nieces and nephews — all of these carry on her legacy of faith, life, love, and courage.
The immediate family has already conducted a private service, but at a future date, the Zeiter Family will schedule a Celebration of Life in Greenville. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter 31 West Whipp Road, Dayton, Ohio, 45459 or the State of the Heart Hospice 1350 North Broadway Greenville, Ohio, 45331 in Sally's name.
Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.
September 18, 2020
Dear Kim and Family,
Was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I spent some time with her years ago at a church function and enjoyed getting to know her. I really liked her!
July 22, 2020
Kim and Mike Prayers of Comfort for all So glad I got to care for her while she was in the BHRC also want to tell you I love caring for your father to.
July 22, 2020
Kim, I have followed your journey with your mom over the past few years as it was the same journey that I was on with my mom and partly why I returned to the UK. Dementia is such a cruel disease. Sally was such an amazing person and will be missed by many. Prayers and condolences for all your family xxxooo
July 22, 2020
Dear Kim and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss, our sympathy to you and your family.
John and Karen Burkett
July 21, 2020
Sally was a special lady. She adored her children and grandchildren. When I was around her, she was so full of life and energy. She is loved and missed!
July 21, 2020
Sally was a great friend I will miss her. Rip Sally I love love and will miss you