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Reverend Harriette G. Zoller


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.

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  • Lori says:

    Mary and Chuck
    Thank you for the opportunity to help care for your mom. It was an honor. She was a wonderful lady who had an incredible smile and sense of peace about her
    Lori RN
    Wesley Hospice

  • Judy Mead says:

    Please accept my condolences on the death of your mother. I knew Harriet from her time at North Broadway. We were both in United Methodist Women and part of the group of NBC members who went on the ill fated intergenerational bus trip to the Grand Canyon.

    She was one of my “Wise Women” who I learned so much from. Hers was a life well lived!

  • Virginia Tinsley says:

    I wish I could have known her personally. What a rich life she led! I am grateful to see how her legacy lives on in her daughter Mary.

  • Karen Weiss says:

    Mary
    This is a wonderful tribute to what sounds like a woman who lived an amazing life. Mary you are lucky to have her as your mother. While you didn’t get her genes you for certain received the benefit of the nurturing and socially conscious environment.

  • Tom & Susanne Pelikan says:

    As long time friends of Olivia and Vince Wall, we have met Harriette on numerous family occasions. She was a lovely, kind and very interesting woman. Please accept our sympathy on your loss. Rowena and she were inspirational women who taught us how to age with grace.

  • Jane Faber says:

    Harriet was a wonderful help to me as I began ministry. I was a little older than most beginning clergy. She not only guided me in the process, but she became a good friend. Please accept both my condolence and my thanksgiving for a long and fruitful life.

  • Kevin Highfield says:

    Rev, Z. had a huge influence on my life and still does. She was a mentor and friend in Washington Court House. Love her, always

  • Amanda M Pickerill says:

    We called her Revsbie for short at GUMC in WCH. She took me through confirmation. So relational. There was never a doubt that she loved you. She was so very kind to my single mother. She frequently had my mother over to share a meal and love on her. Blessed to have known her.

  • JOHN WAGNER says:

    Lloyd and Harriet were a significant part of my childhood. Lloyd was my father’s superintendent, taking a chance on a young many with a handicap when others might have been reluctant to do so. My parents never forgot that and their friendship never with both Lloyd and Harriet never wavered. After Lloyd’s passing Harriet came to United Theological Seminary while my father was on the faculty, and the bond became even closer. Along with my siblings Patty and David, I want to honor a wonderful person, and a wonderful family.

  • Rev William Davis says:

    I send my condolences to the family of Rev.Harriette Zoller. She was a great Christian minister with a great and caring heart. I will always remember her big smile. May she rest in Heavenly peace.

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