MADISON-Ruth Joanne Ziehr, age 79, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Agrace HospiceCare.

She was born on Aug. 26, 1934, in Hollandale, the daughter of Alvin and Nellie (Ayen) Colden. Ruth was united in marriage to James Ziehr on Nov. 21, 1957 at Hollandale Lutheran Church. She taught in the DeForest School system at Pumpkin Hollow School, retiring in 1992. Ruth was an active member and volunteer of Bethel Lutheran Church for many years. She loved to travel, spent many winters in Florida and Hawaii and especially enjoyed her trip to Norway. Ruth also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events, camping, bowling and spending time with family and friends.

Ruth is survived by her husband, James; children, Lorie (Kevin) Green of Liberty, Mo., Larry Ziehr of Madison, Terry (Dana) Hammer of Novi, Mich., and Gary Ziehr of Lakeville, Minn; grandchildren, Zachary and Hannah Green, Alyssa and Kyle Hammer, and Reed and Jordan Ziehr; sisters, Erma Plantikow of Janesville, and Doris Plantikow of Hollandale; brother, Robert (Bertha) Colden of Marshall; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Nikki Reed Ziehr; granddaughter, Bethany Lauren Green; and brothers-in-law, Ralph Plantikow and Orville Plantikow.

Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A visitation will also be held at BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, from 1 p.m. until the Memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

Memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to Bethel Lutheran Church or Nikki Reed Ziehr Foundation at www.nrzfoundation.org.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Agrace HospiceCare for the care given for Ruth.

Special thanks also goes out to Dr. James Heun at his staff at Dean Clinic.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608)221-5420