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 Mary Jane <I>Dowd</I> Zigrang

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Mary Jane Dowd Zigrang

  • Birth 16 Jun 1898 Pipestone, Pipestone County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 8 Apr 1977 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Grave 142 upper, Tier 16, Section T
  • Memorial ID 21863239

Married to Edward V. Zigrang.

Mother of Mary Jane Zigrang Quinn and Donald Joseph Zigrang.

Grandmother of Michael, Maureen, Patrick and Charlene Quinn.

I will forever remember my grandmother for the wonderful cook that she was. She made the best chicken and dumplings, potato salad and her pumpkin pie was to die for. Really, anything from her kitchen was fabulous. When I was in high school, I asked grandma to teach me how to bake a pie. Her method was a "pinch of this and a pinch of that" which didn't work for me- unfortunately, as I needed true measurements. Her magical kitchen skills, which came from her early days of feeding farm hands in Iowa, sadly were not passed down and holiday meals have never been the same since her passing.

My grandmother, an only child, was orphaned at the age of 2. Her father passed away just two days after her 1st birthday and her mother was murdered just one year later, a couple of weeks after my grandmother's second birthday as her mother stood holding my grandmother in her arms (grandma had a scar from the bullet as it grazed her arm before hittng her mother). She was susequently raised by a cousin, Elizabeth Mackay Patterson and her husband, George Patterson in Burt, Iowa. She, my grandfather and my mother moved from Iowa to California around 1925 or 1926, where she remained until her death in 1977.

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  • Created by: CharCan
  • Added: 1 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21863239
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Dowd Zigrang (16 Jun 1898–8 Apr 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21863239, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by CharCan (contributor 46940905) .