Jean Frances Herzig

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HERZIG, Jean Frances 84, adored daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and community servant slipped away peacefully at Egret Cove Center in St. Petersburg, on April 14, 2010. She is survived by her son, Paul Herzig (St. Petersburg); daughters, Karen Pape (Gulfport), Amy Gurski (Seminole) and Heidi Spriggs (South Pasadena); daughter-in-law, Susan Herzig; son-in-law, Matt Spriggs; grandchildren, Brian Pape, Kevin Pape, Jennifer Gurski-Farr, Jarrett Gurski, Paul Gurski, Amanda Herzig, Sarah Herzig, Savannah Herzig and Madi Jean Spriggs; granddaughter-in-law, Alysia Pape; grandson-in-law, Jason Farr; great-granddaughter, Sinnette Pape; and cousin, Marian Freeman. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, O. Paul Herzig and grandsons Michael and Andrew Pape. Jean Frances Burrows was born on May 26, 1925, in Indianola, IA. After high school, she went on to Simpson College in Indianola and in her senior year followed her mom and dad, Charles N. and Sadie B. Burrows, to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where her dad finished his career as their Sociology Department Chair. Jean graduated from Trinity in 1947 and maintained an active membership throughout her life with her dearly loved sorority, Pi Beta Phi. Upon graduation from college she traveled to La Paz, Bolivia to work at the American Embassy as Secretary to the American Ambassador, and met her husband, O. Paul Herzig, a decorated war hero and pipeline engineer who played a mean piano. They were married at Trinity, on June 25th, 1949. Her entire life was devoted to caring for others, conservation and human rights. Jean enjoyed 22 years as a social worker for the State of Florida's Aid For Dependent Children unit and was actively involved, including serving on boards, with Head Start, Pinellas County Opportunity Council, Free Clinic, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections and many other programs that serve the needs of our community. A staunch democrat and human rights activist, she proudly stormed capital hills with the League of Woman Voters, ERA and Separation of Church and State to promote and preserve women and human rights. Jean worked tirelessly to provide non-partisan information to citizens regarding candidates and issues and to encourage both young and old to register and vote. Most recently she served with the Pinellas County Area Agency on Aging. Those who knew her will long remember her keen intelligence, caring, compassionate spirit, self-less devotion to family and friends, great sense of humor, love of nature, astronomy and conservation, absolute passion for politics, child-like enthusiasm for travel and her enormous zeal for life. It is never easy to lose one's mother, but there is an endless amount of love, admiration and comfort in knowing that she had a long, satisfying and fulfilling life and is now rejoicing in heaven. A Celebration of her life will be held for Jean on Saturday, May 8th at 3pm at Pasadena Community Church-Goodwin Chapel, 227 70th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707, Ph 727-381-2499. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor her memory may make a contribution in her name to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation, Roosevelt Service Center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760; or to Head Start by making your check out to Friends of Families Foundation and note "In Memory of Jean Herzig" and send to Head Start, attention: Juanita Heinzen, 2210 Tall Pines Drive, Suite 200, Largo, FL 33771.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 2, 2010
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