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June Brightbill Zeller
Sept. 10, 2013
June Brightbill Zeller transitioned in her sleep on September 10, 2013. She was born Susanna June April 4, 1918 in Reading, Pa., daughter of Carrie Sadie Yeagley and Harry Frantz Brightbill. June attended grammar and Jr. high school in Reading Pa. 1933 June moved to Lambertville, NJ to live with her father and attend Lambertville High School graduating in June 1936 as she claimed "a full 1/2 year later than I would've had I stayed in Reading!" In Lambertville she met, was courted by and married her life's love and companion Ludwig August 'Mittnacht' Zeller on 'Roosevelt's T-day', November 20, 1941, the only time, thanks to Franklyn Roosevelt's declaration, that Thanksgiving Day was held that early.
While in HS June worked at the Lambertville Hosiery Mill filling bobbins and spools for 25 cents/hour. After graduating she attended Trenton Industrial Arts School and studied dress making while Ludwig, also in Trenton was mastering Auto mechanics & drafting. During WWII while Ludwig served in the Navy, June worked at a rubber mill near Flemington, NJ and managed a farm with Ludwig's parents.
After the war June, Ludwig and his parents purchased and settled on a farm in Holland Township near Milford, NJ where they raised three sons, chickens and cows, and sold eggs, beef and milk. June's fondest memories were of the NJ farm. She loved being outdoors, raising animals and driving tractors. She always enjoyed the end of the week when she would meet Ludwig returning from his work and go dancing into Saturday morning. June was an avid bowler and belonged to a Riegle Ridge Bowling club during the 50 & 60s. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother during the late 50s, a Weight Watchers book keeper and a founding member of the Milford 'Lazy Daisies' social club. After retirement, June and Ludwig left the Holland Township farm and split their time between Bernville, Pa and St. James City, FL, dancing, boating, fishing, building, puttering, and enjoying friends.
June was the quiet solid loving companion behind her husband Ludwig's avid engagement with community and projects. June was a believer in and a master of the golden rule: doing unto others only what she would have done unto herself, in word and deed, no matter the situation.
A dedicated daughter, friend, wife, mother, grand, and great grandmother, June was her sweet and kind self to the end. She is survived by her three sons Karl Zeller of Wellington, CO, Fred Zeller of Cape Coral, FL, Tom Zeller of Baltimore, MD, nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of June and Ludwig's lives at the Pine Island Elk's Club on March 8th 2014 St. James City, FL Please contact Tom Zeller firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (970-214-1958). Sympathy cards can be sent to the Zeller Family at 718 Dunkirk Road, Baltimore, MD 21212. In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations can be made to the Zeller Family Scholarship Fund, 9401 Shoofly Lane, Wellington, CO 80549. The fund gives annual awards to selected graduating high school seniors, who plan to continue in technical or non-academic careers as manifested by Lud's and June's lives
Published in The News-Press from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2014