Obituary – Ginger Faye Zanto


Ginger Faye Zanto was a caring wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister and friend. Ginger died on August 14, 2022, at her home in Havre, Montana, at the age of 76, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was accompanied by her loving family.

The cremation has taken place.

Ginger’s love for life did not end with her passing, but her loved ones will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Ginger was born to Dexter and Helen Buck of Geraldine, Montana on February 25, 1946. Ginger experienced a full, loving, family upbringing as the eldest of six children. After graduating from Geraldine High School in 1964, she attended Butte Business College where she graduated as a legal secretary in 1965.

Fresh out of college, she began her 42 years of employment at the public school in Le Havre as an administrative assistant at Robins School. After a few years, her work ethic, loyalty and talents were recognized and led to her promotion to transportation supervisor. Ginger took pride in her work and became highly respected within the community for her passion for keeping every student attending the school safe. Over the years of her employment, Ginger has made many lifelong friends and has grown to consider many of her co-workers family.

In 1958, at the age of 12, Ginger met her soul mate Barry, and their love began to grow the moment they met. After graduation, their career goals sent them to different communities for a short time, but their love never missed a beat! Their love continued to grow through the occasional phone calls and daily love letters to each other; never doubting that they were meant for each other or allowing obstacles to get in their way of love. Barry and Ginger were married on September 18, 1965. They immediately moved to Havre, Montana where they built a good life and soon welcomed their children, Brent (1970) and Brittnee (1974).

After their two retirements with the school district, they became snowbirds, spending their time traveling and experiencing the winter months in Yuma, Arizona. They spent an incredible 56 years together, just before their 57th wedding anniversary.

Ginger was a force of nature, with her contagious smile and happy laugh! She enjoyed giving back to her community and volunteering her time to the Rotary Club, St. Jude Catholic Church, MSU-Northern Adopt-a-Light programs and the Haven Women’s Golf Association. She enjoyed her free time playing golf, bowling, watching Blue Pony and MSU-Northern sporting events, and spending time with her beloved friends and extended family members. However, her greatest joy in life was being the grandmother of Austin, Tanner, Kaitlyn and Bryson. She spent endless hours following up on their efforts, texting support, encouraging them to live happily ever after, and showering them with love!

To know Ginger is to have shared a kind word or a laugh, whether with a close friend or a stranger. Being humbly social was a special gift Ginger was bestowed upon. Altruism and generosity were two traits that highlighted his personality.

Ginger is survived by her husband, Barry Zanto; children, Brent (Jody) Zanto and Brittnee (Oscar) De La Rosa; grandchildren, Austin and Tanner De La Rosa, Kaitlyn and Bryson Zanto; sisters Vickey Jurgens and Kathy (Mark) Linse; brothers, Mike (Laura) Buck and Dexter (Karla) Buck; brothers-in-law Chuck (Vilma) Zanto, Rick (Laura) Zanto and Dave Haag; and many beloved nephews, nieces, aunts and friends.

Ginger was predeceased by her parents, Dexter and Helen Buck; Sister René Haag; stepfather, James Zanto; stepmother, Mary Zanto; and his brother-in-law Randy Jurgens.

The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on August 29 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Deacon Tim Maroney will officiate. A reception will follow immediately after the service at Prairie Farms Golf Course.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Women’s Golf Association with the memo “Golfing for a Cure” at 6325 Shepard Road North, Havre, MT, 59501.

Please visit Ginger’s online memorial page at send a card or leave a message of condolence to his family.

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