AMH crossword compiler Sally Lundgren dies


ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH) crossword compiler Sally Lundgren has died after a short illness.


She passed away on Wednesday in Harare. She was 67.

AMH are publishers of NewsDay, The Standard, Zimbabwe Independent and Southern Eye newspapers.

Writing under the pen name Jemima, Lundgren had been involved in compilation of crosswords for the group’s newspapers since 1999. Born Sally Searle in Harare in April 1947, she lived her early life in the capital and Karoi.

She was educated at the Dominican Convent School in Harare.

She worked in secretarial and administrative roles in various organisations and lived briefly in Britain and South Africa in the early 1970s.

She got married to an American living and working in this country, Barry Lundgren, in 1976, and the couple had a son, David.

She decided on early retirement from working life in the late 1990s and focused on developing her role as a crossword compiler, publishing one book and preparing crossword and other puzzles for AMH newspapers.

Lundgren is survived by her son, David, who is now a resident of the United States of America, her father and stepmother, Lionel and Liz Searle, sister and niece Sue and Jamie McLaren and members of an extended family in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Britain.

After a private cremation, there will be a memorial service next week.


  1. We will miss you Jemima yo puzzles and word play provided some of us with enjoyable time. Go well.

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