May 14, 1945 – June 7, 2019

It is with great sadness to announce that Barbara Elaine Ziegler passed away at 2:30 pm, Friday, June 7th, 2019 at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, CA, after a short illness surrounded by her children, Robert, Todd and Karla, her granddaughter Kyarra, her sister Susan Graves and her “significant other” Joe Simoni.

Also surviving Barbara is her mother Adeline Harper (99 years young this year), grandchildren Kiyo and Ben, her daughter-in-law Akiko, nephew Glen Graves and cousin Edward.

Barbara was born on May 14th, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee to Adeline Marie and William Quitman Harper. At the age of six months, her family moved to San Francisco where her father was based during the Second World War while in the Merchant Marines. From 1948 to 1952, Barbara, Susan and Adeline lived with their maternal grandmother, Irene Castro in Denver, Colorado. In 1952, they moved back to California, where Barbara and Susan went to live with their father and his wife. Barbara attended Notre Dame Des Victoires Grammar School and St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School in San Francisco and graduated from Mills High School in Millbrae with high honors. As an adult, Barbara resided in the Bay Area where she raised her three children while working for Liberty Bank in South San Francisco. In addition, Barbara knew her way around tools. She could repair the most complex of broken items.

Barbara’s passion was her family & friends. She loved cooking, dancing, music, fashion, and her beloved dogs Bubba and Lucky. Her true gift, however, was how much she cared for every individual in her life.

The family will be celebrating her life on Friday, July 26th @ The Oyster Point Yacht Club in South San Francisco. Please contact Karla Ziegler for more information at

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