Ruth Carol Zanger

December 25, 1921April 5, 2018

Ruth Carol Zanger Mason, Michigan Carol Zanger, born December 25, 1921 in Sturgis, Michigan, went to heaven April 5, 2018 at the age of 96. Carol was a resident of Mason, Michigan since 1952, where she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason. She worked at Mason High School as a counseling secretary for many years. Carol loved to travel, and enjoyed cooking. She absolutely loved CHOCOLATE (anything sweet) she believed in dessert first. Carol was a very proper and gracious person that was always very thankful. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor. But most of all she faithfully loved and cared for her family.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents, Garlin Ray Kirkpatrick and Ruth Elizabeth Schaeffer; husband, of 70 years Charles “Chuck” Zanger (2015), son, Garlin Zanger; brothers, Maurice and Miles Kirkpatrick; and daughter in-law, Barbara Zanger. Surviving to cherish her memory are her son, Terry (Colleen) Zanger; daughter, Pamela (Michael) Smith; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held 11 am Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Ash Street Mason, Michigan 48854 with Reverend Carolin Spragg officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery Mason, MI. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Monday, April 9, 2018 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel in Mason, Michigan and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Carol to, the Keith L. Hayes Memorial Scholarship Fund, 201 E. Ash Street Mason, Michigan 48854 or Compassus Hospice Palliative Care, 801 S. Waverly, Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48917. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Garlin Ray Kirkpatrick, Father
  • Ruth Elizabeth Schaeffer, Mother
  • Charles “Chuck” Zanger, Husband
  • Garlin Zanger, Son
  • Maurice Kirkpatrick, Brother
  • Miles Kirkpatrick, Brother
  • Barbara Zanger, Daughter-in-law
  • Terry (Colleen) Zanger, Son
  • Pamela (Michael) Smith, Daughter
  • Ruth also leaves behind eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

  • Robert E. Zanger, Casket Bearer
  • Christian Zanger, Casket Bearer
  • Tom Beaudoin, Casket Bearer
  • Derick Zanger, Casket Bearer
  • Cork Kirkpatrick, Casket Bearer
  • Cork Sweeney, Casket Bearer

  • Keith L. Hayes Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Compassus Hospice Palliative Care


  • Visitation Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ruth Carol Zanger

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Beth Lensky Prescott

April 12, 2018

I remember Mrs. Zanger from when I went to Mason High School, although I did not know her very well.
Several years after high school, after I was married, had children and lived in Alaska, I was contemplating going to college. It was late summer and I wanted to enter for fall semester. I called the office at Mason High not expecting anyone to be there and then Mrs. Zanger answered. She was so sweet and she also remembered me after all those years! We had a really nice, long talk and she sent me my records. She was so understanding, gave me great advice and was very encouraging of my future endeavors. I will always remember her for that and for her very kind helpfulness . Loved that lady. She will be missed.

Amanda King

April 10, 2018

To the family of miss Carol.. I'm sad to here about Carols passing she had a speacal place in my heart working with your mother was a great experience as well as a learning experience she had so many wonderful stories about her life she shard with me an many words of wisdom.. She was one of a kind for sure my condolences goes to you and your family. Yours truly Amanda

Jamie Mee

April 10, 2018

I was Carol’s hospice nurse. Carol will always be remembered , she was the most positive upbeat, person. She never complained and always stated how lucky she was. She talked often of the love of her family,, she shared memories of her life that she cherished.

Shari Waterman

April 9, 2018

I was lucky to be Chuck and Carol's hospice aide. I feel truly blessed for the time that I've been allowed to spend with her. She always made me smile always made me laugh and I will truly miss her.
Until we meet again my friend save me a spot.

Mara McGill

April 8, 2018

I am the guitarist who sang to Carol almost every week for the past three years. Saw her on Tuesday and we shared our usual traditional songs. She always commented that she liked the old ones best. When I sang Que Sera, Sera (What will be, will be), she always said, "That's true." Puff, the Magic Dragon always made her smile. We always ended with a patriotic song and Amazing Grace and she would nod and smile.

Carol was very special. She asked about me and where I was going next and when I would return. I would tell her to be well and behave herself and she would get that twinkle in her eye and say maybe she would. She made me laugh and enriched my life. Thank you for sharing her with me. God bless you all and bring you peace.