A musical celebration of Gigi Zeiler

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:15am

Paige “Gigi” Zeiler’s life will be celebrated in the same manner she lived it: with music, joy and a touch of irreverence. The memorial service, scheduled for Feb. 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Abbey Memorial Chapel, will feature performances by the V8s and The Mount Holyoke College Combined Student Chorus, including  members of the Glee Club, the Mount Holyoke College Chorale, Chamber Singers and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Zeiler, known as Gigi by many friends and family members, studied psychology and religion at Mount Holyoke. She is remembered most for her inimitable laughter — that would start with a giggle and build to a crescendo of sound — and for her magical way of injecting happiness into even the darkest day.

“She was like the glitter that she loved,” said her friend and former roommate, Britta Fischer ’18. “She was so sparkly and full of life.”

Zeiler’s generosity of spirit touched everyone with whom she came into contact. Sonia Mohammadzadah ’18 met Zeiler in their first year, as both were residents of Ham Hall.

“She was my best friend and biggest fan,” said Mohammadzadah, a member of several singing groups. “She would come to every performance I was in and sit in the front row to cheer me on,” she said.

Zeiler also carried her sunny disposition into her classes. Susanne Mrozik, associate professor of religion, had Zeiler in her class on Buddhist ethics.

“Gigi brought a lot of joy, creativity and love to the classroom,” said Mrozik. “All of us in the religion department will miss her.”

The memorial service in Abbey Memorial Chapel will include some fun, irreverent songs as community members gather to celebrate her life and her true spirit.

The service will be followed by an M&Cs reception in Willits-Hallowell’s Morrison Room.

The March 5 The Big Broadcast! performances, in which Zeiler would have performed, will be dedicated to her memory.