Ann C. (Moss) Zugelter, age 93, passed away January 14, 2023, surrounded by her beloved family in Vero Beach, Florida.
Ann was predeceased in death by her husband, Daniel W. Zugelter, her youngest son, Theodore A. Zugelter, her parents, William A. Moss and Carrie R. Moss, and her older brother, Verdon A. Moss.
Ann enjoyed sports and lettered in all Girls’ Varsity Sports in high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was born and raised. Ann’s Western Hills High School noted in their yearbook, “Ann exemplifies outstanding athletic ability”.
Ann met her husband, Daniel Zugelter, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, at the University of Cincinnati. Dan an ATO and Ann a Kappa Delta, were married May 19, 1951 and were married 63 years.
Before marriage, Ann pursued her quest of aerial aerobatics, logging open cockpit time in a Stearman, PT 19 and AT6. This pursuit was grounded when she married. Ann was licensed for single engine and seaplane rated.
As newlyweds, Ann and Dan shared their entrepreneurial spirits in forming the first of their businesses, Associated Service Supply, a wholesale automotive supply that grew in rank to the third largest distributor in Cincinnati.
Ann and Dan semi-retired to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in 1966 to spend more time with their two sons. Dan oversaw funding, building and financial management of the Good Hope School, for Leon Hess, of Hess Oil Company. While Ann’s entrepreneurial pursuits led her to the formation of her own successful business, Ann Zugelter Accounting Services.
The Zugelters moved north in 1980 to Florida, where they established Zugelter Construction Corp. in Wellington, Florida, joined by their son, Tom, in 1983.
In 1988, seeking quieter, more island-like environs, they moved to Vero Beach, John’s Island and later to the Town of Orchid. Ann and Dan were the first of five residents in the Town of Orchid. Ann served on the Town of Orchid Council beginning in 1992.
Ann Zugelter, retired Vice-President/Controller of Zugelter Construction Corp., Vero Beach, Florida, 1983-2002. Zugelter Construction Corporation continued to build custom barrier island homes through two generations.
Ann was also Broker (GRI)/Owner of Award Homes, Inc., Vero Beach, Florida.
Ann was an advocate for mental health services in the State of Florida and locally in Indian River County. Ann’s passion for raising the consciousness of the victims of mental illness, led her to the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Indian River County. In 2007, she was appointed by then Senate President, Ken Pruitt, to the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corp. Ann’s drive, along with local lawmakers, were able to bring a mental health court to Indian River County. Today, there are currently only 35 in Florida.
Ann also served on the Board of Directors for Suncoast Mental Health.
Ann spent time as a Docent at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, she worked with the Indian River County Literacy Society in tutoring adults for their US Citizenship Test and enjoyed her hours as a Newborn Cuddler at Indian River Memorial Hospital. Ann volunteered for many local charities and fund-raising events.
Ann’s first love and priority has always been her family, whether building a family business, or sharing in the lives of her grandsons, Kyle and Austen Zugelter. Ann’s favorite parties were with her family. Ann loved dancing and could hardly sit still when the music started to play.
Ann’s friends have been an integral part of her life. Sensitive to the pain of others, she had a compassionate and listening heart. Ann shared her laughter and joy with others. Her life’s motto was, “Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone”.
Ann is survived by her eldest son, Thomas (Joyce) Zugelter and two grandsons, Kyle Zugelter and Austen (Danielle) Zugelter.
A private family service will be held, with internment at the Columbarium of Trinity Episcopal Church, Vero Beach, Florida.
The Zugelter Family would like to especially thank Karen Howell, for her years of friendship and care of Ann. Also, thank you to the VNA Hospice nurses and Willow Brook staff.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ann’s memory to the Mental Health Association of Indian River County. www.mhairc.org.
Cards may be mailed to, The Zugelter Family, PO Box 643146, Vero Beach, Florida 32964.
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