Nancy (Sheridan) Zolper, 74

Nancy (Sheridan) Zolper was born on Aug. 21, 1944, in the South Shore area of Chicago. She was the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Sheridan and sister to Richard Sheridan.

Her neighborhood and family, as well as her love of arts, helped define her amazing spirit. She passed away on Oct. 21, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Nancy went to Northern Illinois University where she met her husband Charles Zolper, who became her forever love for more than 50 years.

Nancy took immense pride in her children, Andrew and Amanda. When they were born, she was quick to take a long break from teaching to dedicate herself to raising and spending time with them.

It was also during these years that she and her sister-in-law, Sharon Sheridan, opened the gift store, “The Lighthouse Keeper,” in downtown Saugatuck, which was operated for more than 25 years and became a local landmark.

Those who knew Nancy knew that there was something very extraordinary about her. She was full of kindness, and she shared it with everyone around her. She was always quick to greet people she didn’t know and, within moments, she made them feel like they had been friends for years.

Nancy gave all of her attention to whomever she was with at that moment, and she made that person feel like they were the most special person on the planet. It was a gift Nancy had, and it was magical.

Nancy is survived by her husband Charles Zolper; daughter Amanda (Jason) Reiffen son Andrew (Kimberly) Zolper; and grandchildren, Elliana and Emmalina Zolper.

A celebration of life will be on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Saugatuck Yacht Club, 15 Park St., Saugatuck, MI 49453.

Donations in memory of Nancy can be directed to Memorial Bench, Friends of Saugatuck Women’s Club, P.O. Box 909, Saugatuck, MI 49453.

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