The Reverend Harriette G. Zoller passed away peacefully at Wesley Glen Retirement Community in Columbus, Ohio, on January 24, 2020, at 98 years of age. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Lloyd Charles Zoller and her sister, Rowena Compton.
Harriette was born in Cincinnati to Thomas Moore Gregory and Olive Talley Gregory on August 27, 1921. She graduated from Withrow High School and the University of Cincinnati, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Mortar Board. She became a fourth-grade teacher. In fall of 1946 she married Lloyd, who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in engineering and Drew Theological Seminary and served as an army chaplain in Okinawa and Korea. They later adopted Mary and Lloyd Charles (“Chuck”) and she supported her husband’s work at churches in Arcanum, Tipp City, Springfield and Columbus (Grandview), until his death in June, 1974 at age 56. (It was in Arcanum they met Harold and Margaret Rosser who became dear friends. Lloyd later worked with Harold to find the perfect site to develop Wesley Glen.)
In midlife, with Chuck still in high school and Mary in college, Harriette attended United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. In 1977, she earned her Master of Divinity and became an ordained Deacon. She served at Donnelsville United Methodist Church (UMC) from 1976-1978. In 1978 she was ordained Elder and served at Grace Methodist Church in Washington Courthouse from 1978-1988. She retired and served at North Broadway UMC from 1988-1999. She never missed an annual conference at Lakeside, where she enjoyed summers with her children and had many friends.
Harriette lived in a home on Wesley Glen property and next door to her sister, Rowena, and her brother-law, Ell Dee. She later moved to independent living (2004) and finally assisted living. She enjoyed gardening, art, reading, singing, music and travel. She loved birds, dogs and her view of the glen.
Harriette learned to be independent and self-reliant from her parents, and she in turn, taught that to her children, along with the importance of being of service to others. She had a good sense of humor and strong faith that she generously shared. She relished teaching Sunday school and performing baptisms.
Harriette mentored other women considering going in to the ministry. She was a strong advocate for women’s rights, the equality of all people and peaceful resolution of conflict. She opposed all forms of violence and war. It was Harriette’s fervent wish that everyone votes Blue for change in 2020 and that the Methodist Church become truly welcoming to all.
She leaves her daughter, Mary Zoller Lightner (husband John) of Young Harris, Georgia; her son, Lloyd Charles Zoller, Jr. (wife Sharon Carpenter) of Beavercreek, Ohio; granddaughter, Lindsey Zoller Zimmer (husband, Adam) of Beavercreek; two young great grandsons, Reed and Phillip. She will be greatly missed by her only niece, Olivia Compton Wall of Houston, Texas, and her family; husband, Vincent, sons David and Alexander.
The family is very grateful for the love and care of staff at Wesley Glen, especially those in assisted living and WG Hospice, who were there when we could not be. We are also thankful for the financial support offered during her last year there.
Those wishing to honor her memory by making a donation in her name may wish to consider 1) The Charitable Care Fund, Wesley Glen Development Office, 5155 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214 or the Methodist Federation for Social Action, 23 East Adam Ave., Detroit, MI 48226 or 3) The United Methodist Women at North Broadway UMC.
Remembrances may be posted on the web site of the Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society at www.ohiocremation.org. A memorial service will be held at North Broadway UMC on Thursday, April 30th at 10:30, with a reception to follow. The family will attend a graveside service and internment at her final resting place in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati later that same day. There she will join her spouse, parents, sister and other family members.