Mae E. Zemke
CINCINNATI – Mae E. Zemke, 91, formerly of Sterling, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Heartland of Madeira in Madeira, Ohio.
Mae was born May 6, 1921, in Simpson (Pope County), the daughter of Joseph Sr. and Eva (Cavitt) Rose. She married Elwood R. Zemke on July 27, 1939, in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 2001.
Mae was a homemaker and community activist/volunteer for most of the 75 years that she lived in the Sterling area. She was the first woman to be elected as a city councilwoman, and served for more than 17 years in that capacity. She was a past president of Community General Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. She served as a Pink Lady and Tag Lady, as well as a board member for the hospital. She was a board member of the Sterling-Rock Falls United Community Chest and past co-chairwoman of the United Way Fund Drive. She was past president of Sterling-Rock Falls Republican Women’s Club and Sterling Women’s Club. She was a member of the National Federation of Republican Women and the Governors Advisory Council. She was chairwoman of the Sterling Bicentennial Committee. She served as a board member for the Board of Education District 134, the YWCA, League of Women Voters club, Girl Scout Council, and American Diabetes Association. She served as an ambassador for the Sterling Chamber of Commerce. She was a major contributor of stories and photos of and about senior citizens and numerous human interest articles for more than a decade to the Sterling Daily Gazette Senior Echo publication. She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sterling.
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