Former Bourne selectwoman Linda M. Zuern has died.
Ms. Zuern’s death was confirmed by former Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald R. Beaty Jr. in an email dated Friday, July 16.
“Please be advised that Linda Zuern did indeed pass away this afternoon,” Mr. Beaty said.
Bourne Board of Selectmen chairman Peter J. Meier was a colleague of Ms. Zuern’s on the board. Mr. Meier noted Ms. Zuern’s care for the town and the entire Cape Cod region. He said she was “very active in her church, too, so faith was very important to her.”
Ms. Zuern had been hospitalized in Boston recently after contracting COVID-19.
Born in Shattuck, Oklahoma, Ms. Zuern and her family moved to South Dakota when she was 2 years old. She lived there until she was 9, when her father, a minister, enrolled in Andover Theological School and moved the family to Quincy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State College and a master’s degree from Lesley College.
A certified elementary school teacher, Ms. Zuern was the director of Independence Academy Inc. on Waterhouse Road in Monument Beach.
In addition to serving three terms on the Bourne Board of Selectmen, Ms. Zuern served on the town's zoning board, school committee, board of library trustees, the Bourne Historical Society and the Bourne Youth Council. She also hosted a community access television show called “Spotlight on Bourne” on Bourne Community TV.
She also spent several years as Bourne’s representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates.