Marie Zinsmaster, 93

Marie E. Zinsmaster, age 93, Centreville, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020.  Marie was born in South Bend on April 17, 1927, daughter of Bailey and Lillly (Crabtree) Murphy.  She graduated from Washington High School, South Bend, in 1945.  She later attended Glen Oaks.  On November 27, 1948, she married Clarence Pianowski in South Bend; they were divorced in 1973.  On May 22, 1976, she married Joseph Zinsmaster in Centreville.

Marie worked for the St. Joseph County Deputy County Clerk for over 25 years, retiring in 1997.  She previously worked at the St. Joseph County Farm Bureau Office.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.   Some of her hobbies included collecting Beanie Babies, traveling, and visiting an occasional casino where she was known as ‘Lady Luck’ or ‘Gold Fingers’.  Marie was a Notre Dame fan and was a former member of St. Clare Catholic Church.

Surviving Marie are her husband Joseph Zinsmaster, Centreville; children Stephen Pianowski (Colleen Ziegler), Centreville, Joseph C. (Cathy) Zinsmaster, Chuck (Diane) Zinsmaster, and Angela (Dave) Kemp, all of Three Rivers; son-in-law Mark Schabes, Mendon; 33 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepdaughter Deborah Schabes, brother Vertis “Buddy” Murphy, and sister Ruth.

Relatives and friends will be received at Eley Funeral Home, Centreville, Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23 from 2 to 4, and 6 to 8pm.  Social distancing guidelines will be enforced and masks will be required.  Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 24, 11am at Mendon Township Cemetery, Pastor Clint Zehr officiating.

Memorial contributions can be given to Centreville FFA or St. Joseph County 4-H. Online messages can be left for the family at

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