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Helen Slater Zager

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

SANTA ROSA — Helen Slater Zager of Santa Rosa died on Sunday, March 10, 2013. She was 92.

Mrs. Slater Zager was born in Philadelphia on June 1, 1920. She spent most of her adult life in Los Angeles, where she married her first husband, Dan Slater, and raised three children. They ran a summer camp, Camp Roosevelt, in Idyllwild for more than 30 years.

She began her lifelong passion for working with clay in 1960, and continued to produce a wide variety of ceramics for 50 years. She gained national recognition and was a mentor and friend to many young artists. She was one of the artists featured in the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s “8 over 80 in 08” exhibition, and was also part of the art trails event for many years.

In 1973, she married the love of her life, Ray Zager. They moved to Corralitos, where they lived for 20 years. In 2010, they moved to Friends House in Santa Rosa. After 39 years of marriage, Ray died on Nov. 6, 2012.

Mrs. Slater Zager is survived by her children, Patsy, Larry, and Michael; stepchildren, Paul and Lynnanne; seven grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Irene, Ann, and Denise; son-in-law Richard; extended family and many close friends.

A private memorial service will be held on March 30 in Berkeley. Donations in Mrs. Slater Zager’s memory can be made to Camp Phoenix at fundly.com/campphoenix. For more about her life and work, see www.helenslaterdesign.com.

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