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Elizabeth died peacefully surrounded by her family on September 8th in her home in Bay Head, New Jersey.
Elizabeth was born on January 1, 1938 in Newark NJ to Anna and Eugene Tubach. Raised most of her childhood life in Springfield N.J., Elizabeth, “Betty”, graduated from Jonathon Dayton Regional High School. She met the love of her life, John, during high school but it was after graduating that they began dating. While Betty was in secretarial school and John was at Lafayette College, they spent many dates on the Lafayette campus. They married when John graduated from Lafayette College in September 1959. Betty and John raised their family in Chatham Township, NJ, while maintaining a summer residence in Bay Head, New Jersey. For the last 30 plus years, the Ziegler’s have divided their time between Bay Head and Vero Beach, Florida. Betty loved to travel with John and one would say they have traveled the world together.
Betty worked for 7 years at Prudential Insurance and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs but her most cherished job was raising her four children Karen Kelly (Michael), Susan Saltiel (Albert), John Kirby Ziegler, Jr. (Stephany), Wendy Urban (Christopher). She was devoted to her children’s lives and the community and school that surrounded them. She was active with the PTO and co-chaired many events and fundraising activities. She even coached a team or two.
Betty, or “Bebe” to her 15 grandchildren, left behind – Megan, Maggie, Christopher, Jack, Shannon, Elizabeth, Shaun, Topher, Matthew, Ashley, Paul, Peter, Michael, Suzy, and Mark. She adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with each and every one of them.
Volunteer work was something that Betty was passionate about. Betty served on the Auxiliary Board of Overlook Hospital and was a caregiver for Hospice. Later in life, Betty devoted time at the Boys and Girls Club where she was responsible for teaching young, underprivileged boys and girls a basic etiquette class. For those who new Betty this was the perfect way for her to give back to the community. She was always reminding her own children and grandchildren the importance of manners, so it was almost like she took these boys and girls on as her own children or grandchildren.
Betty loved each and every one of her friends. Whether it be golf, tennis, paddle, bridge, she was always humbly admitting she was on the “c” team but enjoying time with her friends.
Betty became a Catholic guided by Monseigneur Jim Mahoney of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Her faith became an important part of her life- dedicating her life to weekly mass and active prayer group meetings. What gave her peace in her final days was being with her family praying nightly to the Blessed Mother.
Elizabeth is predeceased by her parents Eugene and Anna Tubach and her brother Eugene Tubach.
There is no script for living life while fighting for it too. Although Betty was aware of her prognosis, she was full of grace and maintained her great sense of humor to the very end. She is happily re-united with the love of her life, John, and resting peacefully in heaven.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10 am at Corpus Christi Church, Chatham Township. Interment Fair Mount Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 4-7 pm at Wm. A Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Elizabeth’s name may be made to Overlook Foundation, 46-48 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901; www.overlookfoundation.org or Boys and Girls Club of Indian River County, 1729 17th Avenue, Vero Beach, Fl 32960; www.bgcirc.org. For further information or to send the family a condolence, please visit www.bradley funeralhomes.com.