Obituary of Nina Leu Zepp
June 30, 2017
Nina Leu Zepp passed away in Grass Valley, CA on June 22, 2017 at the age of 95. She was born in Ripon, WI on April 13, 1922 to Arthur E. Leu and Elda Hammerling Leu, and was raised in the Ripon area. Nina graduated from Ripon High School and was a very active musician in her youth – playing bassoon in the Ripon High School, College, and city bands, and in the Badger State Symphony Orchestra.
Nina subsequently graduated as a Registered Nurse from the St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing, and continued with graduate studies at Winnebago State Hospital and the U.S. Veterans Hospital.
She married Eugene J. (Gene) Zepp, then an Ensign serving in the Naval Air Force, in Ripon on October 8, 1944. During their long life together, they lived at various times in California, Hawaii, and Michigan before retiring to Grass Valley, CA in 1978. Nina and Gene were married and lived together in mutual admiration for more than 72 years, until his death at age 97 a mere 5 days before Nina's.
During her professional career, Nina was head nurse in the surgical departments of several hospitals and, for several years prior to her retirement, she was the office manager for an orthopedic clinic in Royal Oak, MI. Following their retirement to Grass Valley, Nina was actively involved with the Alta Sierra Women's Golf Association and the Peace Lutheran Church Women, and served on the Interfaith Food Ministry from its inception. She and Gene were strong supporters of Hospice of the Foothills, InConcert Sierra, and Music in the Mountains (receiving the Maestro Award in 2009). For most of her adult life, Nina was part of an extended family consisting of her parents, three brothers, one sister, and 14 nieces and nephews, along with their respective families. Throughout that period, Nina was that one calm and caring person who was always there when a crisis or need arose anywhere within her vast circle of family and friends, who knew what had to be done, and who provided whatever assistance or direction was necessary to make it happen. Her entire family and many friends will be forever grateful for her unsurpassed graciousness and all that she did for everyone over those many years. In addition to recently losing her husband, Eugene, Nina was preceded in death by her brothers Arthur Leu Jr, Robert Leu, and Howard Leu, and by her sister Joyce Leu Overfield. She was the last living member of her generation, and is survived by 12 nieces and nephews, together with their respective extended families.
Memorials and remembrances can be directed to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley, CA, or the charity of your choice. Per Nina's request, no memorial service is planned. She and Eugene will be interred forever together in Ripon, WI.