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Jean H. (Haroldson) Ziegler

Jean H. (Haroldson) Ziegler

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
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Jean H. (Haroldson) Ziegler, 95, died with family by her side at her home in Concord, MA on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. She formerly lived in Groveland, MA, and prior to that had been a long term resident of Topsfield, MA.

Jean was born in Pompton Lakes, NJ to Olaf Haroldson and Louise (Brogelman) Haroldson. She married Walter H. Ziegler in 1954, and they shared a full and loving life together until his death in 1990. They spent the first year of their marriage in Coventry, England, then settled in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. They moved to Topsfield in 1968.

Jean earned her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.Ed. from Boston University. She was passionate about education, and taught elementary school children with learning disabilities in the Pentucket Regional School system for about 20 years.

Jean loved reading, travel and the arts. She was very involved in her community while living in Topsfield. She was an active member of the Congregational church, belonged to the New Meadows Garden Club, and the Historical Society. Jean also cherished time with family and enjoyed organizing family vacations to bring us all together.

Jean leaves behind her son James Ziegler and his wife Gale (Gardiner, ME), daughter Robin Ziegler and her husband Jim Smith (Westford, MA) and daughter Laurel Buckley, her husband Tim and grandson Andrew J. Buckley (Maynard, MA). She also leaves daughter-in-law Susan Squires (Newburyport, MA). Jean was pre-deceased by her husband Walter, son David, and baby daughter Holly Elizabeth. She was also pre-deceased by her brother Dr Olaf Haroldson Jr.

Due to the pandemic a private family burial is planned, and a Celebration of Life gathering will be held in the future. Memorial donations can be made to:

The National Audubon Society

The Boston Symphony Orchestra
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Private Condolence

Brett Haroldson

Posted at 09:15pm
My Aunt Jean was a wonderful, intelligent, and lovely person. She will be missed. She never forgot to send me a birthday card with a book each year on my birthday. As my birthday is the day after Christmas, I was always very touched that she remembered. I always cherished the times when she would come to Princeton to visit my dad (her brother Ole) and all of us. She especially loved our cat Mimi...I think she was the ONLY one who did.

I also have very fond memories of staying with her in Massachusetts. It was on a visit there once that she inspired me to get a bird feeder. Her feeder seemed to be quite the hotspot. When we first set ours up in Princeton, the birds didn't seem very interested. We joked that they were probably all at Aunt Jean's bird feeder instead.

While I was studying abroad in Rome, she happened to be there on a trip with some friends. We all met up and had one of the most enjoyable and fun dinners I can ever remember. We regaled each other with stories and laughed all evening. I especially enjoyed the story of how their car got stuck in the dirt on the side of a road in Tuscany, and how she and the girls struggled to push this thing back onto the pavement. I could tell by the way they were all laughing that it was quite the adventure. I remember thinking how lucky I would be if I still got to have such exciting trips at that age too.

Aunt Jean lived a full and wonderful life. She is an inspiration to me, and I will miss her. I am sure that she is in a better place now, embarking on a new and even greater adventure than we can possibly imagine.

My love and condolences,

Brett Haroldson

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