Mary Kay Zumbach-Gillotti
March 3, 1963 – November 2, 2019
Mary Kay Zumbach-Gillotti was a remarkable woman who courageously battled her breast cancer until the very end on November 2nd. She was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, moved to Switzerland where she raised her family and spent the last years of her life in Santa Barbara, CA. She is survived by her children Elena Zumbach of Worben, Switzerland, Luka Zumbach of London, England, her children’s father Rainer Zumbach, her partner Jude Neman, brothers Sam (Evelyn), Michael (Shirley), sisters, Rosalie (Robert) Owens, JoAnn (Chris) Manning, thirteen nieces and nephews, fourteen great nieces and nephews, many extended family members, and countless around the world.
Mary Kay was an active member of the American Women’s Club Bern when she lived in Switzerland. One AWC project she avidly supported for many years involved raising money to send Swiss children who had life-threatening illnesses to theDouble H Ranch in Lake Luzern, NY. In addition to fund raising, Mary Kay was one of several members who accompanied the kids traveling from Switzerland to the camp, and served as chaperone, interpreter, organizer, and liaison. It was through her commitment to helping her daughter that she began to love learning about the brain. She went on to become a certified bio- and neurofeedback therapist in 2011 and opened her own practice in Schönbühl. After relocating to California with her family in 2015, she continued her practice there and became business owner of Brain Balance of Santa Barbara.
Mary Kay was a kind and sensitive soul. She was always positive and an inspiration to all she met. She will be greatly missed. Celebration of Life ceremonies were held on November 9th, at Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara, California, and on November 23rd, at Hyperion Field Club in Johnson, Iowa. A Memorial Service was also held on November 23rd, in Mörigen at the lake of Biel, Switzerland. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Stiftung für Inklusion und Gemeinschaft, Hauptstrasse 93, 2552 Orpund [IBAN CH84 0630 0504 9294 3450 4 Stiftung zur Förderung der Integration für Menschen mit speziellen Bedürfnissen].