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Mary Joan Zettler

June 3, 1930 ~ August 29, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Mary Joan Zettler, a woman of wit, wisdom, and an unshakeable passion for the great outdoors, has decided to take her final tour of the universe, leaving us on August 29th, 2023. Born on June 3rd, 1930, in the rolling green hills of Donegal, Ireland, Mary was no stranger to the beauty of nature and the joy of a good laugh.

Growing up, Mary had the privilege of attending schools in the bustling city of London. Following her education, she embarked on a grand adventure, traveling throughout Europe. It was during this journey that she stumbled upon a German dance hall in 1949. There, among the lively music and enthusiastic dancers, she met Kurt Zettler, the love of her life. A few whirls around the dance floor and they were inseparable. The couple later tied the knot and set up their first home in Switzerland.

After a few years of Swiss bliss, Mary and Kurt decided to shake things up by moving to London and then to the United States. This adventurous spirit was a common theme throughout Mary's life. She worked as a Trust Administrator for Pensions for over 30 years, navigating the world of finance with the same humor and grace with which she danced.

Mary's love for nature was evident in her passion for gardening, maintaining beehives, and caring for animals. She was often found outdoors, basking in the California sun, and bossing her husband around the yard to satisfy her gardening ideas. Mary was a master at giving directions, an art she perfected over the years, much to Kurt's amusement. She had a knack for turning the simplest tasks into hilarious adventures, a testament to her witty, dry sense of humor.  

However, it wasn't all sunshine and roses in Mary's world. She was not a fan of housekeeping and organization. Her home was a testament to her belief that life was too short for dusting and folding laundry. But who needs a clean house when you can have a garden full of flowers, buzzing beehives, and the company of animals?

Mary was the proud mother of four sons; Hanspeter, Daniel, Douglas, and Julian, who all inherited her sense of humor and love for adventure. She was the doting grandmother to Andrew, Luke, and Jonathan, who were the apples of her eye and her partners in crime when it came to garden shenanigans.

Mary Joan Zettler was a woman of many words, but if we were to pick just three to describe her, they would be kind, funny, and passionate. Her kindness was as vast as the ocean, her humor as infectious as her laughter, and her passion as vibrant as her gardens. She lived her life to the fullest, embracing every twist and turn with a smile and a joke, making the world a brighter place with her presence.

So, as we bid farewell to Mary, let's remember her not with sadness, but with a smile. Let's remember the laughter, the adventures, and the joy she brought into our lives. After all, she wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Mary Joan Zettler, you will be missed, but your spirit will continue to live on in the gardens you loved, the family you cherished, and the countless lives you touched with your kindness and humor.

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Graveside Service
September 16, 2023

12:00 PM
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
7845 Santiago Canyon Rd.,
Orange, CA 92869


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