MADISON-Ethel Ziegler, age 83, of Madison, entered into her eternal reward on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at St. Mary’s Care Center, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on Sept. 21, 1929, the daughter of Karl Rudolph and Marie (Koch) Ziebell. Ethel was employed by Wausau Insurance for eight years, Farm Rural Insurance for two years, Gompers Middle School for four years, and LaFollette High School for ten years.
Whenever you saw Ethel she would be wearing her guardian angel pin. If you have such a pin, wear it as a memory of Ethel. Ethel’s contribution to Life Worth Living was reflected in her love of life and service to others. Her volunteer activities included: St. Dennis fish fries and festivals, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Meriter Hospital, AAUW book sales, Olbrich Gardens for more than 20 years, Room Grandparent for Marilyn Uselman’s Class in Elvehjem School for more than 15 years, and for all of her volunteer hours, Ethel was awarded the “RSVP Star Award for Impact”. It was during her years of being a wife, mother, and grandmother that Ethel was fully fulfilled. She was always happy and content to be with each of her five beautiful grandchildren. She loved them dearly. Like many, Ethel was blest and fortunate to have an extended family and circle of friends. They would enrich one another as they shared their love and family stories. As a result, Ethel’s life was filled with many fun and meaningful times. The following groups are especially remembered: AAUW Monona Branch (in which she was a lifetime member and past president), LaFollette High School, Carroll College Chums, Olbrich Gardens “Giggle Girls”, and Alliant Energy “July 4th friends”. Ethel’s interests were as varied as they were numerous.
She enjoyed biking, water aerobics, reading, literature study group, horseback riding, golf, downhill skiing, bridge, college field hockey, candle making, cooking, tours to Europe, and the arts, including museums in Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. Ethel also was an avid Packers and Badgers fan.
Ethel is survived by her husband of 52 years, Wayne; sons, Mark (Beth) and their children, Karl, Claire, and Anna of Annandale, Va. and Dean (Michele) and their children, Zoe and Quinten of Mequon; and two special nieces, Susan Feldhausen of Oakhill, Va. and Jennifer Friedl of Cedarburg.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHURCH, 5101 Schofield Street, Monona, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. A Celebration of Ethel’s Life will follow at Olbrich Gardens from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Visitation will be held at the church from 2:30 p.m. until the time of Mass on Thursday. The family is especially thankful to the staff at St. Mary’s Care Center for their kind and gentle caring treatment of Ethel in her final days; Flo Blazek for her interest, concern and words of encouragement, Dr. David Sorber and Teri Patwell for tending to Ethel’s needs over the years and especially in her final days, and also to Father Bart Timmerman for tending to Ethel’s spiritual needs in her final days. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ethel’s memory, to Olbrich Gardens. “The strife is over, the battle is won, Alleluia!”
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