Ana-María Orive Zaugg (Ani)

Ana-María Orive Zaugg [Ani], aged 99, passed away on September 14th, 2020, at Peninsula Hospital (Burlingame, CA) from complications of Covid19.  Ani is survived by her sister (Lilly Orive de Pokorny), three daughters (Ana-María V.W. Zaugg, Alexandra Zaugg Swafford, Renée Zaugg Nottebohm), five grandchildren, and one great-grandson. 

Ana-María [Ani] was born in Antigua, Guatemala – and raised in both Guatemala City and on the Orive coffee farm in Antigua.  She received her degree from the Universidad de San Carlos (Guatemala) in chemical biology.  Ani moved to the US in the late ‘40’s when her sister attended Simmons College in Boston.  There she worked as a translator for Carter’s Ink.  She met John V.W. Zaugg [Jack], a second-generation summer resident of Chebeague, while he was attending Harvard Law School.  Jack brought Ani and her sister Lilly to the island for the ‘Chebeague test’.  Ani was the first one into the water; she said people were always surprised that a girl from Guatemala could swim.

Post-war, Ani and Jack married in San Francisco and lived in San Mateo, CA for the remainder of their marriage and lives.  They traveledjackandani extensively, with summers largely spent on Chebeague Island, where she continued to swim daily and always found the water ‘delicious’.  Ani did a variety of school, hospital and museum volunteer work, most notably as a bi-lingual docent for the De Young Museum (Asian art).

After Jack’s death (2004), she continued to visit the island for her summers, until her death – assisted by family and loving Guatemalan caregivers.  Ani was a friend to all and loved Chebeague, especially Hamilton Beach.  She will be remembered for her serene disposition, beauty, and love of nature in all forms.  She will be laid to rest with Jack, on Chebeague Island.  A memorial service is being planned for Summer 2021.
May she rest in peace. 

Donations may be made to the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust