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Edith-ann (Gray) Zecca

May 29, 1939 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Edith-ann Zecca Obituary

Edith-ann Zecca of Lake Saint Louis, MO passed away on January 15, 2024 at the age of 84.  She was born in Wau, Papua New Guinea to William & Hilda Gray.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Joseph Donald Zecca, sister Carolyn Boge and brother-in-law Norman Zecca.

She is survived by her two sons, TJ Zecca of Seattle, WA,  David (Jana) Zecca and grandson Miles of Affton, MO, brother-in-law, Ian Boge, sisters-in-law, Angela Zecca and Marlene Zecca, nieces and nephews, Christopher Zecca, Natalie (Boze) Anguay, Stephen Boge and Gregory Boge.

Edith-ann loved to learn and pursue her education on various topics, no matter how obscure or arcane they were… Ancient Greek, anyone? She had a sense of pride in swimming upstream and not going with the flow. While these topics she had so much passion for, might not have been reflected in many people, it was a moment of beauty when she found a receptive audience with similar passions or perhaps just a willingness to learn something new.

Edith-ann was a strong woman. She left everyone and everything she had always known and ventured off to America after marrying Joe in Australia, whom she met while working for Qantas Airlines. She ended up living all across the United States, literally from sea to shining sea, until settling in Lake Saint Louis in the 80’s.

With the extensive travel required of Joe’s job selling flight simulators, Edith-ann had her hands full raising two (sometimes challenging) angels for sons. This challenge intensified during the early 80’s when for a couple years Joe had found new employment which had him living away from home, while Edith-ann had to juggle working full time, and raising two teenage sons (the aforementioned angels). Amazingly enough, she persevered and somehow both Edith-ann and her sons made it out of Florida alive where they were reunited with Joe in Lake Saint Louis.

Once Edith-ann was settled in Lake Saint Louis she enrolled in St. Charles Community College out of curiosity and a passion for learning, initially with no intent of earning a degree (though she eventually did get that degree.) She excelled in her math classes and became a tutor for the math department to assist those who had difficulties. This was not unexpected, as she had a similar situation occur 20 years prior when her calligraphy teacher left and Edith-ann replaced her as the instructor at the local rec center. Many people still admire how graceful and lovely Edith-ann’s hand writing was.

Another highlight for Edith-ann was working as a lab tech at ELTEK Labs which was a blast for her, literally. In her words “I got to break things and blow things up and tell the customer how good their stuff was”. 

In her later years, Edith-ann found joy in cruising around in her orange Elf, an electric tricycle that looks like it came from the future. She became a local celebrity for riding on the road’s edge in her eye-catching vehicle. She enjoyed the chance to chat with neighbors from all over the area. She valued the freedom it gave her, and the new perspective it offered on her neighborhood, as she mingled from driveway to driveway.

Edith-ann always expressed her gratitude for the fortunate life she had led. She cherished her family and the friends she had found in her community and in her journey.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date, when the weather would have been more suitable to her liking, and her beloved trees begin showing new life.

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