Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Veron­ica (Roo) Kath­leen Lewis died Oc­to­ber 31, 2018 at the age of 36 sur­rounded by her fam­ily at Kadlec Hos­pi­tal in Rich­land. She was the wife of Jack Zelzer and the daugh­ter of Kathy and Don Lewis.

Veron­ica was born Septem­ber 1, 1982 at Kadlec Hos­pi­tal and spent most of her life grow­ing up­ona Roza farm and at­tend­ing Prosser Schools un­til grad­u­a­tion in 2001.

Veron­ica at­tended WSU at Clark Col­lege cam­pus in Van­cou­ver for her fresh­man year, liv­ing with her Aunt Kathy in Port­land. She grad­u­ated from WSU TriCi­ties with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in Psy­chol­ogy in 2010. She met her fu­ture hus­band, Jack, in 2007 and they were mar­ried in a beau­ti­ful, can­dle-lit cer­e­mony at her par­ents’ home July 27, 2013.

Veron­ica loved read­ing, act­ing, mu­sic, dance, the­ater, con­certs, gam­ing, her beloved Pack­ers, and, most of all, she loved be­ing Aunt Roo to her pre­cious nieces and neph­ews. She ac­com­plished all this in the face of a Muscular Dys­tro­phy di­ag­no­sis at the age of 17. Through it all, she never let it de­fine her and she main­tained a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and a bril­liant sense of hu­mor.

Veron­ica is sur­vived by: hus­band Jack Zelzer of Rich­land; par­ents Kathy & Don Lewis of Prosser; sib­lings: An­drea (Kyle), Chloe & Jay Un­der­wood of Prosser; Tri­cia Niemi of Port­land, OR; Heath (Michele), Kim­ber & Ken­dall Niemi of Dal­las, TX; Grand­fa­ther Dick Hile­man of Prosser. In laws: Norma & Chris Zelzer of Cas­cade, MT; Josie (Chance), Calex, Bryn­ley & Bridger Buchanan of Fort Worth, TX; Genevieve (Michael) Bran­nin of Phoenix, AZ.

She was pre­ceded in death by her grand­par­ents Nancy & Don Lewis and Erma Hile­man.

A small fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion of life was held No­vem­ber 3rd. Grave­side and in­ter­ment will be held later in the spring. Con­do­lences may be sent to PO Box 628, Prosser, WA 99350.

Do­na­tions may be given to DE­ or to Yel­low Rose Nurs­ery (509-786-3304;

600 Mer­lot Drive, Prosser, WA 99350) for a me­mo­rial tree.

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