Malinda Lea Zeisel

Malinda Lea Zeisel, 63, of Fort Collins (and formerly of Leadville) passed away July 12 at FairAcres Manor in Greeley after a five year battle with cancer.

Zeisel was born October 7, 1956, in Dallas, Texas to Dale and Delores Gray, the oldest of two children. At the age of 16, Zeisel married Bill Zeisel on August 4, 1973 in Dallas and together they had two children, Jason and Brandi.

The Zeisels moved their family to Leadville in 1982 and eventually purchased Burger Baron restaurant and renamed it Wild Bill’s. Along with their children, they owned and operated the restaurant successfully for many years. According to her family, Malinda Zeisel was the friendly face at the counter when people walked in for lunch and enjoyed talking with all the customers who would stop in, especially the locals.

After the end of their marriage, Zeisel relocated to Fort Collins in 2002 to be near her children and grandchildren. Zeisel enjoyed her new occupation as a comfort care keeper, assisting the elderly and ones with physical limitations in their homes with daily living. She worked in that field until December of 2018 when she was diagnosed with stage four cancer after being in remission for two years.

Being raised in the south, Zeisel had a love for southern comfort cooking which was passed down from her mother and grandmother. Her recipes would always please a crowd and her sweet mild southern accent always gained many smiles. Zeisel enjoyed gardening, traveling and a good cup of coffee.

Zeisel had a huge heart for dogs and cared for so many throughout the years. She leaves behind her dog Paisley, who emotionally supported her with kisses and cuddles during Zeisel’s cancer treatments. According to her family, Zeisel was known to all six of her grandchildren as Grandma M. Her kind, patient, loving heart along with her gray eyes will be greatly missed, her family said.

Zeisel is survived by her son Jason (Kaley) Zeisel of Fort Collins; her daughter Brandi (Greg) Sandoval of Leadville; her grandchildren Jacey, Jayla and Joslyn of Fort Collins, and Julian, Desmond and Brendan of Leadville; her father Dale Gray of Buena Vista; her sister Theresa Gray of Dallas; her nephew Mark; and her nieces Jessica, Courtnea and Lauren. Zeisel was preceded in death by her mother, Delores Gray.  

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