Jennifer Anne Mielziner
January 5, 1943 – April 1, 2021
It is with profound sadness to announce the passing of my mom, Jennifer Mielziner on April 1, 2021. After 8 years suffering with dementia, she was finally freed from the form, into the formless.
Despite a tumultuous life, a traumatic childhood, and demons which eventually overtook her, Jen was still a tiny powerhouse, fighting for the weak, forgotten, and vulnerable.
An unapologetic feminist, in 1972, she created and launched Air Medic International in Louisiana, inventing the title of Flight Medic - the very first offshore paramedic rescue, delivering Emergency Medical Services to oilrig workers and divers in the Gulf of Mexico.
Regrettably, the oil company good ol’ boys club was not quite ready for a Yankee executive Anne-Margaret doppelganger in those days, and Air Medic folded by 1976. Her light began to dim thereafter. Flight Medic companies in the Gulf are now an industry standard, thanks to her. That was mom’s apex; shining beautiful, a stubborn vivacious redhead who was never short of friends and admirers.
Born January 5, 1943, as Roxanne/Patricia Ann Patti to an Italian teenage immigrant, she became Jennifer Ann Mielziner at 9 months of age when her parents, famed set designer Jo Mielziner and actress Jean MacIntyre adopted her. Jennifer and older brothers, Michael and Neil, grew up in Manhattan’s famous Dakota apartment building, where she was known to drop eggs from the roof onto unsuspecting victims below. Some of the regular Mielziner family visitors included the Kazans, the Rogers’, Hammersteins, Josh Logans, Paddy Chayefskys, as well as Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams (who practically moved in), and retired French Vogue editor, grandma Ella, never without her long smoking pipe. Summers were spent at the Newtown country house and mother MacIntyre’s native Honolulu.
A gifted athlete, Jennifer advanced to the Nationals in both Figure Skating and Equestrian Riding competitions by the time she was 12.
She spent her later years creating the Set Medic position in the Film and Television Industry, before retiring to become a professional pet trainer. Loved by all creatures big and small, Jennifer met her true calling as the miraculous “Ms. Doolittle”, finding peace and practicing Buddhism before her quiet transition, surrounded by her daughters.
Jennifer graduated with a B.A. from the University of Hawaii, and married Robert Errickson (div. 1968) with whom she had two children, Donna Jo Errickson, and Krista Anne Errickson, who survive her. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Brianna Roberts, and new great granddaughter, Margo James, whom she sadly never met due to her dementia.
A virtual memorial was held via Zoom and livestreamed May 15, 2021. A link to the video will remain, and added here for viewing at anytime. On April 1, 2022, an in-person memorial will be held for Jennifer on the one year anniversary of her death at Philadelphia’s SGI Buddhist Center. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be sent in her name to the ASPCA.