Jean was born on April 15, 1931 in Lawrence, MA, and grew up in Methuen, MA. She was the daughter of Henry and Edna Hogarth and the younger sister of Betty Ann Pinson. She will be remembered for her devotion to her family, friends and her church and as a+ person of great integrity and faith.
As a child, Jean enjoyed spending time outdoors with her older sister, Betty. During the warmer months, they would play in the playhouse their father had built for them in their backyard. In the winter months they enjoyed ice skating together on local ponds. During high school, Jean was on the basketball team and was quite popular.
Jean received a Secretarial Degree from Fisher Junior College in Boston, MA. In 1950, she moved to Washington DC and began work as a government secretary. Jean met her husband, Eugene R. Zink, while working in Washington. Story has it she eyed up a cute young man outside her apartment window while he walked to work. They dated and were married October 25, 1952. Their first child was born in December of 1953 and their seventh in January of 1963.They enjoyed 44 years of marriage and family life until Gene’s passing in 1997.
Jean’s hobbies included creating arts and crafts, playing bridge, making and collecting teddy bears, and completing word games and crossword puzzles on the computer. She even had a Facebook account so that she could stay connected to her children and grandchildren. Jean was an excellent seamstress and over the years she sewed her children’s clothes, Halloween costumes and Cheerleading uniforms. In her later years, Jean shared her sewing skills with her church, creating large banners displayed on Sundays and during special Feast Days.
While her children were growing up, Jean was involved in all of their varied activities. Swimming played an important part in their lives and she worked the front desk at the local pool to be near her children, who spent their summers there. She was also involved with their swim team activities and spent countless hours driving them to practices and swim meets.
In later years, Jean and her husband enjoyed a time share in the North Carolina mountains. This became a valued family retreat where her large extended family could gather and spend quality time together.
Jean's life included a spiritual journey that began early in her married life in northern Virginia where she attended Adult Education classes seeking to learn the scriptures. Her journey continued when she and her family relocated to Merritt Island, FL, where she became active in the Divine Mercy Catholic Church. Like a breath of wind, she began helping by washing altar linens and cleaning the church each week.
Jean’s involvement in church spanned deep and wide. Jean joined the parish "women's club" and in time persuaded her friends to join the National Council of Catholic Women (CCW) serving on many committees and as its President (1979-1981.) In order to save CCW from closing down, she volunteered to be President again (1984-1985,) and then again (1998-2000.) Since then it has become a vibrant organization.
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program began and Jean was among the first group to sponsor a person who wanted to become a Catholic and continued for several years. Being a convert, Jean loved reading scriptures and became a Lector at Sunday Mass. She had a strong voice to proclaim the gospel. If there was a bible class, Jean knew all the answers. There were countless groups that she belonged: Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, Minister to the Sick, Arts & Environment, Wedding Coordinator, Contemporary choir singing & playing guitar, PACE Sponsor, trained altar servers, Liturgy Committee, Small Christian Community weekly study group, and Reading Grannie.
Jean was a spiritual mentor to many and even wrote notes to them. Her physical presence will be missed, but her spirit will live on through the many thriving, active ministries that she helped establish and grow at Divine Mercy.
Jean will be lovingly remembered by her seven children: Steve Zink of Orlando, FL; Ellen (Will) McCarthy of Alexandria, VA; Richard (Libby) Zink of McKinney, TX; Susan Robinson, Coram, NY; Tom Zink of Alexandria, VA; Patty Liptak of Mt. Airy, MD; and Mary (Curtis) Black of Sorrento, FL; and her grandchildren: Joshua McCarthy, Ben Zink, Molly Zink, Kaitlyn Robinson-Jones, Michael Robinson, Kathleen Harris, Andrea Farner and Taylor Gronlund. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Pinson of Harford, CT. Jean was pre-deceased by her husband, Gene, and her grandson, Matthew Liptak.