Zilda Violia Russell Kaler, 90, a 60-year resident of Camden, died Oct. 28, 2010, peacefully in her sleep at Windward Gardens.

Born in Rockland Sept. 22, 1920, she was a daughter of George and Hannah (Saunders) Russell. She married John H. Kaler.

Zilda was educated in Rockland schools and was employed at National Sea Products for 25 years. She later retired from Tibbetts Industries in Camden, where she had worked as an assembler.

Her hobbies included gardening and bowling at the Lucky Strike Lanes in Camden in her younger years. She looked forward to playing poker with her lady friends every week. Zilda’s favorite memories were of her family gatherings.

An avid knitter, Zilda enjoyed knitting for family and friends. In her later years as her eyesight diminished, she continued knitting dish cloths by counting the stitches by hand. Her handcrafted dish cloths have been for sale at Megunticook Market in Camden and will continue to be available. On Sept. 26, 2010, Zilda celebrated her 90th birthday with a party for family and friends.

She was predeceased by a son, Robert Kaler, in 1960; her husband, John Harold Kaler Sr., in 1961; a grandson, Nelson Ells; two brothers, George and Ronald Russell; and three sisters, Beverly Russell, Louise Tracy and Doris Yeaton.

Zilda is survived by two daughters, Delores Jalbert and her husband, Conrad, of Rockland and Joanne McKee and her husband, Robert, of Lincolnville; a son, John Kaler Jr., and his partner, Joanne Peters, of Thorndike; four grandchildren, Sherri Pond and her husband, Greg, of Wheeling, W.Va., Robert McKee Jr. of Lincolnville, Randy McKee and his wife, Jody, of Cushing and Christopher McKee and his partner, Kristi Brown, of Lincolnville; six great-grandchildren, Megan McKee, Virginia McKee, Randy David McKee, Nicholas McKee, Elijah Pond and Julianne Pond; three great-great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Weed, Evelyn Weed and Ashlyn McKee. She enjoyed a very special relationship with all her nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. at the John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., Camden. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery in Camden.

Memorial donations may be made to the Camden First Aid Association, P.O. Box 368, Camden, ME 04843.

Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.