LANCASTER—God has called home one of his greatest creations. Sheila Anna Wakefield Zukor, born February 7, 1946, peacefully took her last breath on January 24, 2022, just shy of her 76th birthday, with family gathered around (in-person and virtually), after a long heart-breaking battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She left behind a loving husband, Steve Zukor, and two adoring kids, Ken and Kat Zukor. Our hearts ache with the loss but rejoice that she is at peace and home with the Lord.
She is celebrating with her loved ones that have gone before her, including her parents, Lester and Henrietta Wakefield, and Steve’s parents, Stephen and Pansy Zukor.
We are so grateful to have had the honor of experiencing her life and spirit with such intimacy. Growing up, Sheila got to see many places as her Dad was in the Air Force before her family settled down in Melbourne, Fla. She married her high school sweetheart, Steve Zukor, and enjoyed 54 years of “wetted bliss” in Maryland and Virginia. (Their sailboat is named “Wetted Bliss!”)
Sheila was an adventurer in every sense of the word. First and foremost, she was a faithful servant of the Lord. Even when she was frightened she knew God was with her and she persevered in spite of her fear, with the courage of a true believer. She loved to travel, sail and snow ski. Highlights included trips to Russia and Antarctica, rafting the Grand Canyon, and sailing from her house in Virginia to the Florida Keys.
Her professional journey included starting her own business, getting her bachelor’s in finance in her 40s, and then having a successful career with the Treasury Department.
At home, she expressed her artistic talents in her garden and with her many stained-glass creations.
We will celebrate her life on May 14 at her Virginia home. And, as she wished, we will spread her ashes in her beloved garden. For those interested in attending the Virginia celebration, please contact us at SheilaZukor@gmail.com and we will provide details.
The world is a better place because she was in it. She has now embarked on her last and greatest adventure. We are comforted knowing that she will remain in our hearts forever. We love you Sheila!