Gazella “Zell” Mary Dobrow Naffziger

Gazella “Zell” Mary Dobrow Naffziger

June 17, 1915 - January 20, 2007

Gazella “Zell” Mary Dobrow Naffziger

June 17, 1915 - January 20, 2007


Naffziger, Gazella Zell Mary Dobrowski

She was born June 17, 1915 in Clayville, NY, and died on Saturday, January 20, 2007 and resided in Laguna Niguel, California.

Zell graduated from high school in Rahway, NJ in 1932, where she was raised with her family. Zell later graduated as one of the first women to graduate from Trenton State College with a degree in Mathematics
in 1936. Zell married Hugh Ralph Naffziger on April 19, 1941 and they were married for over 65 years,
when Hugh died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in Laguna Niguel, California.

Before moving to California in the 1980’s, Zell and Hugh resided in St. Joseph, Michigan for over 30 years.

Zell and Hugh had nine children, Norma Finneran, Princeton Junction, NJ, William Naffziger Tustin, CA, Mary Naffziger Laguna Woods, CA, Terry Naffziger Yorba Linda, CA, June Graham Irvine, CA, Jack Naffziger Laguna Niguel, CA, Donald Naffziger Oceanside, CA and Ken Shayna Ann Arbor, MI.

They had nineteen grand children and eleven great-grandchildren.

Zell was preceded in death by her beloved son, Robert Naffziger and by her loving husband, Hugh Ralph Naffziger.

Zell was a strong, charismatic woman who loved family, friends and life. She was dearly loved by many and will be deeply missed by all.

A Vigil will be held on Thurssday, January 25, 2007 from 3:00-5:00 pm at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, California.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 26, 2007 at 10:00 am at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in Zell’s memory to the American Heart Association and Alzheimers Association as the charities.

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3 responses to Gazella “Zell” Mary Dobrow Naffziger

  1. Cathy Kubota says:

    Dear Terry & Claudia,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. May she find peace with her beloved husband in heaven.

  2. To the Naffziger Family,

    It is with heavy heart to hear of your Mom and Dad’s passing earlier this year. I only knew them for a short period of time, they were truly God’s special people. May their memories live in your hearts forever.

    With loving thoughts,

    Diane Tribolet Higgins

    1. Diane,

      After so many years, I just happened to notice your kind condolence expression this morning!

      You are a special person.

      Thank You,

      Jack C. Naffziger

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