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Longtime F.C. Activist Marge Zitzmann Dies

On Wednesday, August 15, 2007, Margaret (Marge) Zitzmann died after a long bout with cancer. Marge had been a long-time activist in the City of Falls Church.

She was born in Elgin, Illinois, in 1924. Her father served as the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. Maybe this is where Marge got her activism. After graduating from high school, Marge went to Iowa State University, where she met and later married Warren Zitzmann.

Warren’s occupation as a planner started with the Tennessee Valley Authority.  That job took them to Jackson, Tennessee, where son Carl was born. Next was Ohio, where son John joined them, then Kentucky, Philip arrived, on to Pennsylvania, where Paul joined them, and, finally to Arlington in 1962. It was then that Warren became a Federal employee with the Appalachian Regional Commission. Besides being a mom to four boys, Marge did volunteer work at the Arlington Hospice. Marge also loved to play bridge and belonged to a couple of bridge groups.

Marge and Warren also had an ocean-front home in Bethany Beach, Delaware, where they spent their summers. The boys were now getting grown up so Marge decided to get involved there—serving three terms on the Town Council. Warren for many years was a member of the Alexandria Harmonizers and Marge was one of their biggest fans.

In 1979 Marge and a friend were driving down East Broad Street when she saw and fell in love with one of the town homes in the newly built Tollgate. By this time all four boys were out on their own, so Marge and Warren moved to Falls Church.             Marge served for several years on the Falls Church Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, serving as chair in 1990. She also served as the City of Falls Church representative on the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging.

Marge and Warren moved to Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield in 2003.

Marge leaves husband Warren, the four boys—Carl, John, Phil and Paul, two daughter’s in law (Lisa and Mari) and five grandchildren.

Warren is moving to a retirement home in Florida, near youngest son, Paul.