Jean Grivelle (Yereance) Zapple
1920 - 2021
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Jean Grivelle Zapple (Yereance)

Falls Church - Jean Grivelle Zapple, of Falls Church, VA and Harwichport, MA died on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brewster, MA. She was 100 years old.

The daughter of the late Edna Seitz Yereance and Alexander Woodward Yereance, Jean was born in South Orange, NJ on July 30, 1920. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Zapple Walker and husband David Vaughan of Naples, FL; daughter, Elizabeth J. Lowell of Chatham, MA; son, Robert A. Zapple and wife Michele of Wilmington, NC; son, Peter J. Zapple and wife Robbie of Falls Church, VA, and son, David N. Zapple and wife Sandy Zak of Manassas, VA.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased in death by her husband of 63 years, the late Nicholas Robert Zapple, and her daughter Margaret Ann Zapple.

Jean graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA and received her Masters Degree from Massachusetts State College (later to become the University of Massachusetts, Amherst). In 1943 she enlisted in SPARS, the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve, becoming a member of its first class of officers. She served with distinction and rose to the rank of Lieutenant.

After the war, Jean and Nick moved to Falls Church, VA where they raised their six children. A devoted and loving mother, Jean fostered a love of the arts and culture in her children, while encouraging each child to develop their unique skills and follow their passions. During the decades of family meals and events, Jean taught civility and graciousness by example. Her generous spirit welcomed every boyfriend, girlfriend, business associate, or stray neighbor who banged on the door at dinnertime. She had the remarkable gift of making everyone feel welcome in her home.

Jean was also an avid supporter of education, a dedicated volunteer in local school functions and a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), which honored her for more than 50 years of support.

A skilled Scrabble player, a Sunday New York Times crossword player, an avid reader, Jean devoured four to five books a week. She enjoyed the family's summer home on Cape Cod for 65 years. She was a docent at the Harwich Historical Society and box office volunteer at the Harwich Junior Theatre. Her greatest pride was her garden at the Cape house that to the delight of all and the surprise of no one, produced a riot of color and beauty every spring.

Jean Zapple was the kind of mother and friend everyone wishes they had— beautiful, smart and loving, and a thoughtful and patient listener with wonderful advice for those smart enough to ask. We were so lucky to have her with us for so long, though 100 years doesn't seem long enough.

The Zapple family would like to express our appreciation to the staff at Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and attentive care.

Jean's ashes will be inurned with her husband's at the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery, VA, with military honors. A private, family ceremony will be held at that time. Condolences may be shared with the family at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the Harwich Historical Society, 80 Parallel Street, Harwich, MA 02645,, or, the AAUW Falls Church Area (VA) Branch at,

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Published in Wilmington Star-News from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2021.
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April 10, 2021
My condolences to the Zapple family. I remember Jean back in the HJT days at the Exchange Building working on tickets with my mother. A wonderful women.
Robert W Doane
April 2, 2021
Rob, what a wonderful photograph of an outstanding woman. With her as your mother, I now know why you turned out to be such a terrific person. 100 years. Wow.
Anne Russell
April 1, 2021
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March 26, 2021
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