Log in

Submit a memorial

Celebrate your loved one’s life in a way that’s as independent as they were – in the Daily Independent and on YourValley.net. Share fond memories, photos and information on celebrations of life using our easy, step-by-step process.

Victoria Ann Zeller

Victoria Ann Zeller “Vicki” of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away one year ago on December 3, 2023, at a young age of 73. She was born on June 20, 1949, in Detroit Michigan where she lived until 1956. She then moved to Apache Junction, Arizona with parents Leonard and Kathleen Zakrzewski where she graduated from Apache Junction High School in 1967. Vicki then went on to work at the Arizona State Capital where she performed multiple tasks and eventually become an independent contractor hired to proofread documents for the state. In 1971, after meeting the love of her life, Vicki married Francis F. Zeller. Soon after she became a mother, blessed with a son, and decided to become a stay-at-home mom for a while. Vicki later went back to work for Mesa Public Schools where she was greatly involved with helping teachers advance their careers. Vicki retired from the school in 2015 with over 25 years of service and went on to help with the family business “Blue Bird Mine Gift Shop” off Hwy 88. Here is where she met many walks of life and made many friends. Her favorite customers being the four-legged kind, she would always pay special attention to the dogs and horses that came to the Bluebird by providing them with a little treat. Even the animals will miss her. Vicki enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing with her family. She loved spending time with her grandson and showing him the natural wonders of the area. She was a rock enthusiast and created the most amazing rock garden you could imagine, from over 50 years of collecting rocks from all over the state. She also loved her Sunday football. Always looking to bet you 25 cents on game day. One of Vicki’s favorite past times was reading books. She must have checked out every book from the City Library at least once, if not twice. She also had a passion for wildlife. Creating her own personal sanctuary in the front yard, she had many frequent visitors. Vicki loved feeding the birds. She literally had some eating right out of her hand. Vicki’s last months were spent in an assisted living at the base of the Superstition Mountains where she had collected so many of her rocks. Vicki was full of life and grace to her last days - She smiled, laughed, and beamed of love. Vicki preceded in death by her father Leonard Zakrzewski and brother John Zakrzewski. She is survived by husband Francis Zeller, son Mike Zeller, grandson Brandon Zeller, mother Kathleen Brown, brother Leonard R. Zakrzewski and sister Kathleen Malett. She had a great love for her family, neighbors, friends, and all animals. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please be kind to animals.