Honoring Mary Ziegman

January 9, 1925 - May 12, 2012
May 16, 2012 - International

Mary volunteering in the Friends of the Orphans office.

The NPH family sadly mourns the passing of dedicated supporter and life-time donor, Mary Ziegman. Mary and her husband Dick were close friends with Fr. William Wasson and many of the children of NPH. Please join us in remembering the Ziegman family in prayer.


When I think of Mary I think of Jesus. All he wants us to do is to be kind to one another in every circumstance in life; whether it be in death, feeding the hungry, visiting those in prisons, fighting for life and protecting children, the unborn and those who are left unprotected, orphaned and abandoned. That is what Mary did all her life. Death is not the end, it’s just the beginning. All of us at NPH will remember and honor Mary. We all are grateful to her and her large Family and for their loyal and generous support. In the name of the children from Fr. Wasson's "Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos" Family, we send our love and prayers,

Reinhart Koehler, Director of Family Services, NPH International


Dear Friends and Family of Mary Ziegman, From Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, Haiti, we send you our heartfelt condolences on the death of Mary. She and Dick and all your family have been a vital part of the mission of Fr Wasson as it has grown and spread over the years, to the benefit of so many children in the world.

We give God thanks, together with you, for the gift of live which Mary lived so fully and with such deep faith. We give God thanks again that Mary's life is now eternally lived, and is a sources of grace and strength and blessing for all of us, from heaven.

I am sorry I cannot be there in person for Mary's mass of the resurrection, but we will offer mass in Haiti for Mary's eternal rest and for your strength and consolation. Receive the greetings, prayers and affection from your family in Haiti.

Fr. Rick Frechette, National Director NPH Haiti.


Mary Martin Ziegman, 87, of Tempe, Arizona, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012. Mrs. Ziegman was born in Tiffin, Ohio. During her life she was a secretary, homemaker, taught piano at the Sisters of the Good Shepherd School, member of her church choir and Life Issues Committee, Board Member and a past President of AZ Right to Life, a founding member of the Aid to Women Center, volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul, Seeds to the World, and Friends of the Orphans. She joyfully poured her life out in service to others. She is preceded in death by her husbands, John N. Martin and Richard P. Ziegman, sisters, Helen Plunkett and Virginia Abowd, brothers, James Whitta and Robert Whitta , and her parents, Herbert and Helen Whitta. She is survived by sons Stephen Martin, John Martin (Deborah), Richard Martin (Patricia), Robert Martin (Shannon), Steven Ziegman (Jill), Edward Ziegman (Linda), and Richard G. Ziegman; daughters Ann Peltier (Gary), Nancy Koontz (Gregory), Rebecca Todd (Robert), Jeannie Basheda (Michael), Dianne Meier, and Monica Wallin (James); thirty-six grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

The Visitation will be held Thursday 5-8 p.m. with Rosary 7 p.m. at Carr-Tenney Mortuary 2621 S. Rural Rd, Tempe.

The Funeral Mass will be held Friday 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church 2121 S. Rural Road, Tempe.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Friends of the Orphans, P.O. Box 25507 Tempe, AZ 85285-5507

Please write on checks: In Memory of Mary Ziegman.

Arrangements are entrusted Carr-Tenney Mortuary, Tempe.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.carrtenneymortuary.com.

Monica Gery   
information Officer




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