Josephine W. Zagieboylo, 91, of Walpole, formerly of Norfolk, passed peacefully on February 17, 2021 in New Pond Village, Walpole. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Zagieboylo Sr.
Born in Salem, New Jersey and raised in the Quaker faith, she was a daughter of the late Joseph D. Woodward and Harriet S. (Breisch) Woodward.
Jo was a graduate of George School and the University of Pennsylvania where she studied and later worked as an Occupational Therapist. She met Walter on a blind date and was married in 1951. They moved to Norfolk in 1954, where they lived together until 2006 and were happily married for 57 years. Walter died in 2008.
Mostly, Jo loved being a mom. She took interest in and supported her children's endeavors-especially when they aligned with hers. An avid sports enthusiast, she took up sport after sport once her motherly duties were lightened-softball, soccer, tennis, bowling, and golf. When her mobility declined and she moved to New Pond, she took up pool. Hugely creative, she was an actress, artist, and poet. She performed in several amateur acting groups and one professional gig on Nantucket for a summer where she was the lead actress in On Golden Pond. Jo supported her children in their sports-ice hockey and baseball for the boys. In the 1970's there were no organized sports for girls, so she and some friends started a slow pitch softball league where "every girl gets to play".
If you grew up in Norfolk in the 1960's-'80's, you may have known Mrs. Z as your Girl Scout leader, softball coach, basketball coach, two-fingered whistler with a cheering rhyme for every player on the team, Memorial Day cookout and volleyball hostess, school bus driver, 4-H Fair supplies deliverer-always with a smile and curious about what you are up to. Jo made things happen and took joy in the joy of others.
Jo is survived by four children and their spouses; Walter Zagieboylo Jr. and Louisa Zagieboylo of Norfolk, Roy Zagieboylo and Susan Lowery of Glastonbury, CT, Cyndi Zagieboylo and Marc Gaudette of Honeoye Falls, NY, and Stephen Zagieboylo and Maryann Zagieboylo of Austin, TX, seven grandchildren; Lauren, Michael Waylon, Drew, Eric, Evan, Paul, and Kayla and a great grandchild; Eliza Jo.
She was the youngest sister of the late Harriet, Elizabeth Ann, Dorothy, Americas Hodge, Marion, Joseph Donald, Hugh Beistle II, and Judy Dorothy.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20th from 10 AM-12 PM in the RJ Ross Funeral Home, 135 South Street, Wrentham. A funeral service will follow at 1 PM in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, MA. Burial will be in Norfolk Cemetery on Wednesday, February 24th at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: National MS Society at: nationalmssociety.org
Online guestbook may be found at rjrossfuneralhomeinc.com.