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November 14, 2012 10:50 am EST


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MOUNT VERNON — Gina Lynn (Gratz) Zak, 42, of Mount Vernon, after courageously living with cancer for five years, passed away Tuesday, Nov.13, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born July 27, 1970, in Ashland, to Howard L. and Sarah L. (Sheffield) Gratz.

Gina was a 1989 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Communications. She was employed by Nationwide Insurance in Columbus for a number of years, but spent the last nine years as an employee for Rolls Royce. She was a dedicated wife and mother, focusing much of her time on her loved ones. She enjoyed accompanying her family to the cottage in Michigan, going to county fairs and taking the children to the bike path and recreational parks.

She is survived by her husband, Matthew D.T. Zak, whom she married July 17, 1999; her two children, Caleb and Kalyn Zak of the home; parents, Howard and Sarah Gratz of Mount Vernon; brother, Cory (Cindy) Gratz of Columbus; grandmother, Lenore Gratz of Columbus Grove; uncle, Ken Gratz of Columbus Grove; father and mother in-law, Jim and Sharon Zak of Gambier; brother-in-law, Mark (Sue Ann) Zak of Bainbridge; sisters-in-law, Gena (Dee) Zak of Belfast, Maine; Amy Zak, of Cincinnati; one niece; three nephews.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Wesley and Blanche Sheffield; and paternal grandfather, Kenneth L. Gratz.

Friends may call at the Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home, 212 N. Main St., Mount Vernon on Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. The family will observe a private burial in Union Grove Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 12:30 p.m. at The Glenn A. Gallagher Centre at the Ohio Eastern Star Home with Pastor Aaron Boggs officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Gina requested that anyone who would like to honor her memory make a donation to the Gina L. Zak Memorial Fund at PNC Bank to benefit her children, Caleb and Kalyn.

To express a condolence or share a memory with the family of Gina Lynn Zak, visit the funeral home website at

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