Harriette – Zarfoss

(Mar 20, 1915 to Feb 18, 2011)

A depression era upbringing on the farm yielded a woman with a can do attitude. She left the farm to earn a teaching degree from Penn State University. Her first teaching position was in Maytown, PA where she met Harold a fellow teacher. Their marriage was blessed by three sons: Lewis Harold (Diane) of Dayton, MD, Stephen of Lake Gilman, Richard (Beth) of Burke, VA; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Harriette was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Swedesboro where she taught Sunday School, participated in the church suppers, and was involved in the women’s group. In the late forties she and Harold built a summer cottage on Lake Gilman in Mullica Hill. Following her retirement from teaching Home Economics at West Deptford High School she and Harold retired to Lake Gilman to enjoy a little gardening, a daily swim, and visits from family. In later years, winters were spent in Deming NM where they enjoyed the warm southwestern weather and wonderful neighbors and visits from family.rnCome celebrate 95 teaching years Thursday 6 to 8PM and Friday from 9AM at Daley Life Celebration Studio where the Service will be at 10AM. Burial Eglington Cemetery.rnDonations to The Alzheimer Assoc., 300 Market St., Suite 102, Phila., PA 19106 will be appreciated. rnTell a great story about Harriette at lifecelebrationstudio.com.rn

4 thoughts on “Harriette – Zarfoss

  1. Dottie (Balzano) Vassalo

    It is uncanny that last Friday we were having a discussion in my faculty room about school memories, and Mrs. Zarfoss popped in my mind.I honestly had not thought of her recently. She had the patience of Job to teach me to sew in Home Ec class at WD. She really tried to help me…I still think of her when I am threading a needle for MINOR repairs. I did not really learn to sew well(only minor repairs), but I did learn patience and perserverence in teaching a student from her. I will remember her when in a teaching situation that requires those skills…qualities all teachers should have no matter what they teach. She was a darling lady….fond memories of learning to cook and sew….when these courses were offered in schools.

  2. Marie Westfall

    I had Mrs. Zarfoss for sewing in 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades. She was the sweetest teacher!! A lot of us thought she would be a great kindergarten teacher. When I told her I was having trouble with my sewing, she did it herself!! I’m so glad to know that she had a long, fulfilling life. I have thought of her often over the years. She will be in my prayers. Marie

  3. Florence (Cooper) Baxter

    I too had Mrs. Zarfoss for sewing while a student at West Deptford. That had to be the best class I ever had. I’ve been sewing ever since and I’ve made everything from baby clothes to prom gowns to christening gowns for my two granddaughters. Her understanding and instruction gave me everything I needed to know to get through whatever project I started and I can’t thank her enough for that. I am so sorry for your loss.

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