Carolyn Helga Quist Zeigler

STOCKHOLM - Carolyn Helga Quist Zeigler passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the home of her son Lance Zeigler in Woodland, after a brief illness. She was born March 22, 1938, in Stockholm at her maternal grandmother's house. She was the third child of Gustaf Hjalmar and Florentine Quist.

Carolyn attended Jemptland School and New Sweden Consolidated School. She graduated from Caribou High School in 1957. Carolyn married Melvin L. Zeigler July 25, 1957, in Stockholm, and they were blessed with four children. Throughout her life, she was devoted to Jesus Christ and his church, worshipping faithfully at First Baptist Church, Stockholm. She served as treasurer of the Ladies Mission Circle for many years and taught Sunday school. In the community, she was a member of Stockholm Extension and Stockholm Historical Society. Carolyn worked at the F.W. Woolworth store and the Maine Bag Co., both in Caribou. She also was a housekeeper, helping out local elderly residents. She provided day care for her grandchildren and other local youngsters. Carolyn loved to host parties for friends and family during holidays and birthdays, where her signature dish was her potato salad. She was most happy when the house was full of her family and friends. She was proud of her Swedish heritage and culture. Her father immigrated to America in 1903 and called his third daughter the Swedish nickname of "Kajsa." She maintained a close relationship with her older sisters and younger brothers, often talking with them daily regardless of their location. In later years, she enjoyed playing Dominoes, a game she frequently won by placing the last tile down and loudly declaring, "Rack 'em up!"

She leaves behind her children and their spouses, Debra Z. Walsh and her husband, the Rev. John P. Walsh, of Clifton, Douglas W. Zeigler and his wife, Dale, of Webster, Mass., Scott A. Zeigler, and Lance G. Zeigler and his wife, Janelle, of Woodland. She also leaves behind her siblings, Margaret Wardwell of Stockholm, Marie Carpenter of Shrewsbury, Mass., Gerald Quist of Rutland, Mass., and Floyd Quist of Caribou. Also surviving is a special cousin, Gale Anderson and his son, John, both of Stockholm; her uncle and aunt, Ernest and Val Ek; and other cousins in West Covina, Calif. She was very proud of her grandchildren, Hope Gabric, Jeanne Sund, Breanna Sund, Lily Sund, Jonell Walsh, Michael Drost, Cortney Zeigler, Zakery Zeigler, Robert Piltzecker, Sean Piltzecker, Nicole McFarline, Andrea Zeigler, Madison Zeigler, Jillian Zeigler, Faith Walsh and Makenna Walsh. There are numerous nieces and nephews and several relatives of her husband in the North Platte, Neb., area. Carolyn had many good friends, too many to mention here, that will miss her cheerfulness and hospitality. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband; and a daughter-in-law, Brenda Zeigler, in 2010.

A time of visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Lancaster Funeral Home, 11 Clover St., Caribou. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at First Baptist Church, Stockholm, with the Rev. John P. Walsh and Pastor Phil Devaney officiating. Contributions in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church, Ladies' Mission Circle and the Hayward Suite at Cary Medical Center. Online condolences may be expressed

Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 23, 2013