Veryl Ilene Zachar nee Grant was born in Chicago, December 4, 1934. The daughter of William and Veryl Grant, younger sister of Bill. The niece of Bernice Byer and Donald (Mae) Byer.
She attended Roosevelt High School in Chicago. After school she worked at a defense plant during the war.
She met her husband (of 57 years) Ray, while working at Zangerle & Peterson in Chicago. Mom their Receptionist/Switchboard Operator and Dad Shop Foreman. It all started when...Mom asked "Ray, could you pick up a sandwich and a Pepsi for me?"
A mother of five (5): Michele Lynn, Kimberly Jean, Debra Ann, Shawn Marie and Kenneth Troy.
Grandmother of fourteen (14): Michael, Allison, Christina, Danielle, Steven, Nicole, Kevin, Kyle, Ryan, Katie, Justin, Lily Veryl, Vivian and Connor.
On October 1 she became a great grandmother to Bodhi.
She was meticulously cared for the last six years by Oksana Ardell.
Veryl was known for her great sense of humor, loving heart and patience.
She was shy and not one to draw attention to herself.
A kind soul seeing the best and beauty in all.
Her favorite residence was the Chicago home (on the cusp of Logan Square and Avondale) where she raised her five (5) children. A house built in 1894---a "labor of love" for our father before we moved in and throughout their time there.
Her favorite flower was lilacs.
She enjoyed music and dancing. Her taste in music was eclectic, including John Denver, Neil Diamond, Bobby Vinton, 50s-70s and most any dance song (including FunkyTown). We have many memories of music playing and the family singing and dancing.
Her favorite candies were Snaps and Jujubes.
She was a lover of animals and enjoyed the holidays with her family.
She enjoyed decorating for and celebrating Christmas, Halloween, St Patrick's Day and Valentines Day with family and friends.