Jean Yvonne (Bolinder) Zieba
Zieba (Bolinder), Jean Yvonne Jean Zieba (1921-2020), longtime resident of Robbinsdale, passed away quietly in her sleep on Friday, October 9th, 2020. She was 99 years old. Born on October 1st, 1921, to the late George and Mabel Bolinder, she was the eldest of two daughters. Born and raised in South Minneapolis, she graduated from Washburn High School in 1939. In 1946, Jean married Edmund Zieba of Northeast Minneapolis. The two had known each other from roller skating at the Minneapolis Arena, and when Ed returned from the war, they began dating. After marrying, they settled in Robbinsdale and raised four sons. An excellent cook, Jean was equally adept at Swedish and Polish cuisine. Swedish pancakes were a favorite with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She would start frying them an hour before dinner began and would not stop until everyone had had their fill. No one remembers her sitting down to enjoy one herself. Inheritance of the well-seasoned pan she made them in is currently in dispute. In addition to raising her children, Jean held a variety of jobs always related to serving others. As a young woman, she worked for the Greyhound Bus Company. While raising her family, she found time to fill in for the Robbinsdale School District's school lunch program as well as working seasonally at the district offices. She volunteered at North Memorial Medical Center, where she worked part-time in the gift shop there. She served as a poll worker during elections for many years. Jean and Ed were active members of Salem Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis. They were part of the core team that ran Salem Lutheran's Dining Hall at the Minnesota State Fair in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Jean was known as the "Egg Lady" and, over the course of 30 years, fried thousands of eggs for implement sales people and farmers visiting Machinery Hill. Jean had a beautiful singing voice and passed her love of music onto her children. She was an alto in the Salem choir, and performed occasionally with the polka band Ed formed with his brother Harry. Although her heritage was 100% Swede, she went so far as to learn the Polish lyrics to some of the songs in the band's repertoire. There were always requests to hear her sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Ed, and sister, Betty (Bolinder) Leighton. She is survived by her four sons, James Zieba of Robbinsdale; John Zieba and wife Joan of Robbinsdale; Jerrold Zieba and wife Lorraine of Maple Grove; Jeffrey Zieba and wife Bronwen Morgan of Berkeley, CA; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Always ready with a smile and a hug, she will be sorely missed. Condolences: mykeeper.com/profile/JeanYvonneZieba/ We would love to see a post of any memories or photos you would like to share about Jean.
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