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William Hugh Zietz

November 14, 1942March 13, 2021

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, after a short battle with Covid-19, William Hugh Zietz of Arlington, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away at age 78.

Bill was born on November 14, 1942 in Washington, DC to Isidore and Frances Zietz. A lifelong resident of the DC area, he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland, was a member of the DC National Guard and enjoyed a 30-year career working for several divisions of the federal government. Married to Jean (Berke) Zietz since 1975, Bill was a devoted husband, loving father to Claire (and son-in-law, Alex), and doting Pop-Pop to Sadie and Gemma.

Able and willing to talk to anyone, Bill will also be remembered for practicing his tennis swing, accomplished bridge and poker skills, completing daily NYT crosswords, cheering on all Washington sports teams (including his favorites, the Redskins and Lady Terps), corny jokes, savoring every meal he ever ate and agreeing to endless pony rides on his back for his granddaughters.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Jean; daughter, Claire (son-in-law, Alex); granddaughters, Sadie and Gemma; brother, Lewis.

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Mark Brodsky

April 7, 2021

Dear Jean and Claire,
I was saddened to read of Bill's passing. It does not seem all that long ago that I was picking Sarah up on Sunday mornings after sleepovers at your house.
I was always invited in and remember the good long conversations with Bill , who was always well informed about any and all topics of the day.
While Sarah was not a tennis player, she appreciated being included in your family's trips to NYC to attend the US Open.
With personal regards,
-Mark E. Brodsky

Rosamunda Ozgo

March 24, 2021

It was with extreme sadness that I learned of Bill’s passing. I used to bump into Bill all the time! We had great chats about neighborhood happenings. He was my lifeline to the best eateries in the neighborhood and we always enjoyed exchanging tips on new openings in the area, food-wise and beyond. Just recently he told me about a new international restaurant that had just opened up across the street and that was Bill’s newest favorite.

Bill was always super friendly. I will greatly miss our friendly neighborhood chats and his perennial upbeat personality. No matter how busy he was, he always took time to stop and say a friendly hello.

May Bill forever live on in the memories of his family and friends. With deepest sympathy,

Rosamunda Ozgo


March 22, 2021

Jean, so sad to hear the news about Bill. He truly was a kind person and had an amazing memory for names. I remember going to the original Ledo's in College Park. He was excited to share that experience. Hope you are doing OK and thinking of you. Best, Jocelyn

Leanne Omland

March 22, 2021

The staff and volunteers of Travelers Aid at Reagan Washington National Airport offer heartfelt condolences to our friend and volunteer, Jean Zietz, on the passing of her husband William. We are very saddened to hear about this loss.