Zelma Neef (neé Weimer) of Nokomis, Fla., formerly of Detroit, Mich., died Sunday, June 29, 2014.
She was born Sept. 13, 1919, in Rockwood, Pa., to Austin and May Weimer. Zelma was one of seven children, all of whom predeceased her.
Zelma worked in the aerospace industry for over 30 years. After retiring, she was happiest while working around her home, and with her hibiscuses and orchids. She was a long-standing member of the American Hibiscus Society and held several offices at the local, state and national levels. She was also a member of the Venice Orchid Society.
Zelma volunteered at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for over 30 years, concentrating in the hibiscus garden. Zelma’s numerous volunteer hours at the Gardens merited a commendation from President Obama.
For the past 25 years, Zelma and her husband were regular volunteers at Venice Theatre, and for the past 35 years they volunteered for Venice Area Meals on Wheels.
She was a longtime member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, where she also tended to the landscaping.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Walter G. Neef, and several nieces and nephews.
Services: A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2705 North Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, Fla. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery