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ZAK, Margaret Sieppel

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ZAK, Margaret Sieppel. (Dubuque, IA, 1912--Dubuque, IA, Apr. 5, 1980). Before coming to Dubuque, Zak was a playwright and lyricist for a church organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and La Grange, Illinois. Zak was the co-owner and co-operator of the Kerry Cottage in Dubuque.

As the first president of the BARN COMMUNITY THEATER. Zak saw the organization grow to provide entertainment for six hundred season ticket holders. She instituted an annual awards dinner for recognizing the best performances, many volunteers and advertisers.

Zak held memberships in the DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY and the board of the DUBUQUE VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION in which she had also been president for three terms. Her activity in the Friends of Aquinas organization led to performances from the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis being held in Dubuque.



Obituary, Telegraph Herald, April 7, 1980, p. 19