Alida "Lee" Zollinger

January 15, 1939April 2, 2021
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Alida “Lee” Zollinger, 82, earned her eternal reward on Friday, April 2, 2021. Lee was born an only child in Chicago, IL to Elvera and Thomas Gorman. Lee married John “Jack” J. Zollinger, III from New Orleans in 1966. Jack was one of six children and she found herself in a very big family which she embraced and called her own.

Lee owned and operated Antiques Magazine, a shop in the 2000 Block of Magazine Street specializing in antique lighting for over 26 years. Lee and Jack received much joy traveling the South looking for treasure and interacting with customers over the many years. She was a fixture in the community and a member of the Magazine Street Merchant’s for all those years. Lee was a self-proclaimed restaurant critic and often invited people from out of town to dine with her at Commander’s. Lee enjoyed life and valued friendships. Lee was known to speak her mind, as well as a generous caring person founded in faith. Lee was an active member in St. Pius X parish when her children were growing up, and a member of St. Mary’s Assumption parish for the last 25 years. She was very devoted to the cause of and the National Shrine of the Blessed Francis X. Seelos.

Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Elvera Vandenbroucke Gorman and Thomas Hilary Gorman, and her husband, John J. Zollinger, III. Lee is survived by her son, John J Zollinger, IV, (Tina), and her two daughters, Hilary Huck (Lloyd) and Alida Olson (John); and eight grandchildren, Zoe Zollinger, John “Jake” J. Zollinger, V, Quincy Zollinger, Lydia Huck, Zachary Huck, Meredith Huck, Olivia Olson, and Anders Olson.

The family would like to thank the superior staff at The Carol Condominium. We would also like to thank Lee’s caregivers over the past year, providing companionship, quality and comfort care and they became part of our family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church, 923 Josephine Street in New Orleans, on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00AM. A visitation will be held at the church beginning at 9:00AM. A private interment will be held in Metairie Cemetery. The Mass will be livestreamed at

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Lee's memory to the National Shrine of Blessed Francis X. Seelos, 919 Josephine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or visit

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    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, May 7, 2021



Alida "Lee" Zollinger

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Sara Steinbauer

May 7, 2021

Sending my condolences and best wishes to all of you in the family.
Losing a mother is a very difficult thing. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Sara Steinbauer

Toni Robinson

May 3, 2021

For our brief time together we became fast "compadres". You taught me things I will always remember. I did so enjoy our time together. "It's five o'clock somewhere!"


Larry Small

April 11, 2021

What a delight this lady was for me. I regret that I only got to know her later in her life but was thrilled and surprised many times with her sharp wit and her even sharper tongue. Lee could put you in your place and make you wish you had never attempted to leave it. And at the same time, she had about her an air of childlike innocence, lightly engraved with youthful dependence and highlighted and inlaid with an ample supply of knowledge and mysticism. All of this was written on her warm and wonderful face and in the sparkle she displayed in her innocent eyes. You somehow knew to expect a bit of decadence from Lee, a decadence that was highlighted and inlayed with knowledge that only comes from a life well-lived.

Rhoda Reeling

April 10, 2021

It is truly difficult to choose just one of the many favorite memories I have of Lee. But I will share the one that comes to mind most frequently. It is the image of Lee and Jack, in Rome, catching Nanci Gentile And I putting big slices of pizza in our mouths not 30 minutes after the four of us had finished having breakfast. They stood in the doorway of the pizza shop with big grins and looks of delight that they had caught us. That was a wonderful trip. We shared many a laugh over the years. Lee, I know that you and Jack are chuckling now. Much love.

Theresa Arnolie

April 9, 2021

My Deepest Condolences to Family n prayers N time of Sorrow🙏🏿🙏🏿 It was A Great Pleasure time I Had With Mrs. Lee .I will Miss Our Conversation on Telephone We Shared Many Many Laughs together . She was A Lady of Pride n Loved Her Family. So Many Beautiful Memories . Rest N Gods Loving Care MRS LEE. 😇🌷🌷🌷


April 9, 2021

Mrs. Zollinger will be forever missed , she was a Beautiful vibrant lady, always was happy and very kind , I will always remember her smile and happy go lucky personality. It was a honor to know miss Lee and a pleasure to have worked for her. She will be forever missed and to the family I send my prayers!!

Aliki Swatt

April 9, 2021

My deepest heartfelt condolences are with your family. Ms Lee's bright smile, intelligence, insight, and sense of humor will always be remembered. Working with Ms. Lee and her family was a privilege and a blessing, I will truly miss her. She was a beautiful soul who has left a trail of beautiful memories. Praying God's peace be with your family durning this difficult time.

Guy Poché

April 8, 2021

On behalf of the staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, please accept our condolences for your loss.

Jennifer and Mason Couvillon

April 7, 2021

Olson Family,

As always, you are in our thoughts and prayers...God Bless!

Couvillon Family


April 5, 2021

I'm sorry for your lost and I give you my condolences and sympathy also keep the family in prayers.