Anna Helen Zigmund
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SOUTH PORTLAND -- Anna Helen Zigmund was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 17, 1928 to John and Anna Zigmund. Upon receiving her Masters of Divinity from the Hartford Theological Seminary in 1970, she spent three years in the Peace Corps in Somalia, Africa as a TEFL and Adult Literacy teacher. She then returned to Hartford to finish her Masters in Anthropology-Linguistics, at which time she was also called to serve as Pastor of Faith Congregational Church. She joined the New England Women Ministers Association and the International Association of Women Ministers, holding many leadership positions through the years.
Rev. Zigmund was ordained in first Congregational Church, UCC, South Portland, where she served as Minister of Christian Education. She also served the Congregational Church at Jackman, Maine and as interim pastor at the Solon Federated Church, when she was offered to serve a full time position with the Methodist Church. The Methodist Churches she served were: Belfast-Sears, Westbrook, Richmond, Oakland-Sydney-Clinton, and Dexter-Ripley. During her ministry, her special interests brought her into work in the community. In the Portland area she was a charter member and secretary of the first Portland Drug Abuse Society and coordinator of Youth Consultation for Drug Rescue.
During her retirement years, she remained active in women's groups in the Westbrook United Methodist Church and the First congregational Church, UCC of South Portland, brought monthly communion to patients at the Viking Home in Cape Elizabeth, taught English as a Second Language under the auspices of Catholic Charities, volunteered at Portland Players and occasionally at Lyric theatre.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, Anna and John Zigmund, and one sister, Amelia Stamm. In parting she leaves two nieces and one nephew, Laurel Miller of Abilene, Texas, Judith Harmon of Spring Hill, Fla., and Robert Stamm of Fort Plain, NY.; seven great nieces and nephews; as well as cousins in Slovakia, Europe, whom she had visited in her retirement years.
Memorial services are pending and will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd., South Portland.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on December 21, 2012