Mary Beth Ziegler
April 12, 1960 - January 2, 2011

           Mary Beth Ziegler was born on April 12, 1960 the youngest daughter of Albert M. and Verla M. (Lincoln) Sperry. She grew up in the area and graduated from Oelwein High School in 1978 and American Institute of Business in 1979. On December 12, 1979 Mary Beth was united in marriage to William Ziegler, Jr. in the Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein. Bill enlisted into the United States Navy and for twenty-five years that was their life. They lived in California, Alabama and Baltimore, Maryland.   In 2001 they purchased an acreage just outside of Clermont and after Bill’s Honorable Discharge in 2005 they moved back to Iowa where she began working for Upper Explorer Land and they began building their new home. This is where on January 2, 2011 Mary Beth passed away.

            Mary Beth enjoyed and loved her family very much. She also enjoyed making afghans for her family and close friends, collecting pigs, mismatched socks and anything in the color "red".  Mary Beth had a way about her that just brightened up a room when she walked in. She was a high spirited person who enjoyed life. She was strong right up to the end in her battle with her cancer.   She leaves behind a loving family and so many great friends. They will all miss her dearly.

            She is survived by her husband, Bill of Clermont, Iowa, her children, William “Bill” (Kelly) Ziegler, III of Glen Burnie, Maryland and Hattie (Andrew) Ring of Berkeley, California, a grandchild, Josie Ziegler, her mother, Verla Sperry of Oelwein, brother, Bruce (Susan) Sperry of Waterloo, two sisters, Peggy (Dennis) Schrader of Hazleton and Debbie (Shannon) Hershey of Brooklyn, Iowa, mother-in-law, Shirley Ziegler of Oelwein, sisters-in-law, Sharon (Jeff) Weeden of Novelty, Ohio and Marsha (Robin) Shepherd of Vieques, Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Sperry in 1992 and her father-in-law, William Ziegler, Sr. in 2010.

Family and friends may send donations, in leau of flowers, to the following organizations, or to the family which will donate the money to these organizations:

American Cancer Society – 800 227-2345

     http://www.cancer.org/index

CaringBridge - http://www.caringbridge.org/donate

Heart of Iowa Hospice – 563-422-6267

     http://www.caring.com/local/hospices-in-west-union-iowa/heart-of-iowa-hospice

Heart of Iowa Hospice
200 Jefferson Street
West Union, IA  52175
Attention: Heidi

Blood Center of Iowa

     Blood Drives in Clermont and Oelwein (TBD) - http://www.bloodcenterofiowa.org/did_you_know/index.aspx

 Visitation: will be from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, January 5 at the Clermont Funeral Chapel in Clermont, Iowa and on Thursday, January 6 from 10AM – 1 PM at the Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein. 

Funeral Services: will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 6 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein with Rev. Darwin Moore and Rev. Tim Schoepf officiating.

  

 

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Marlene Bond on January 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM said:

Bill I am so deeply sorry for your and your entire families loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
dennis king on January 5, 2011 at 10:48 PM said:

Bill you lost your best friend I'm so sorry , I remember you and Mary Beth , and I remember the last time I saw and talked to you at Bros' Place. I worked with you at Humphreys Const.and I really felt it a privelege to know you and Mary Beth.
Cindy Platt Hanlon on January 5, 2011 at 8:13 PM said:

I am very shocked to hear the loss of a great longtime childhood friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the families during this time of sorrow.
Kevin Kester, Davenport on January 5, 2011 at 5:46 PM said:

Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Kevin Kester
Daphne Anderson on January 5, 2011 at 12:20 PM said:

My sincere condolences to the Zielger's & Sperry's. I'll always remember the 1st day I met Mary Beth when she walked in to apply for a job after moving to MD. We shared many adventures & had so much fun. She was a unique person & I'll forever cherish my memories of her. I really enjoyed the red everything, the many, many pigs given as gifts & her full speed ahead attitude. She was the most geniune, honest, down to earth & beautiful human being I've ever met. She will be missed very much. My love & prayers to you all.
Margaret Kimball Cook on January 5, 2011 at 7:19 AM said:

So sorry for your loss. Want to extend my sincere sympathy to all at this difficult time. May your happy memories replace these sad ones in the days to come.
Barb Bennett on January 4, 2011 at 4:55 PM said:

Bill, Hattie, and Billy,
Thanks for sharing Mary Beth with all of this. Thank you Bill for letting us all share, in a small way, your journey with her and letting us send words of encouragement and humor to all of you!
I am so sad that she has left us on this earth, but I look forward to our time in heaven. RED Shirts and RED pigs everywhere. Heaven will never be the same.
I won't be able to visit with you in the next few days due to distance, but know that I will be praying for you all constantly, wishing I could be there to show my support.
She was one special lady!
Barb
Don & Judy (C.R. Billiards) on January 4, 2011 at 4:19 PM said:

So sorry for your loss, you have our deepest sympathy.
Lyn Knoke (Rechkemmer) on January 4, 2011 at 1:32 PM said:

Bill & family,
My condolences on the loss of Mary Beth. My prayers & thoughts will be with you & your family during the coming year. Lyn
Kathy (McNamara) Steele Adams on January 4, 2011 at 1:17 PM said:

Please extend my sympathy to the Ziegler and Sperry families regarding Mary Beth's death.
Charlida Franks Parsons on January 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM said:

Dear Billy.....my sincere sympathy goes out to you. I remember when you two were dating and always remember Mary Beth as being that happy quirky person who entered a room and brought the brightness to it as mentioned. She made one smile that is for sure and I know there was so much love between you two. I will add you and family to my prayers.
Jim King on January 4, 2011 at 7:34 AM said:

Bruce and family- So sorry for your loss. May God support you in this your time of need.
donna fauser on January 4, 2011 at 7:26 AM said:

My deepest sympathy to the family of Mary Beth. I am at a loss for words to tell you how sorry I am. My prayers will be with all of you. Sincerely, Donna Fauser, Oelwein
Tom O'Dea on January 4, 2011 at 7:04 AM said:

I'm very sorry for your loss. Mary Beth will be missed by a great many people.
Annette Rau Kress on January 4, 2011 at 6:59 AM said:

I wish to express my sincere condolences to Mary Beth's family. I was a classmate of MB's and always enjoyed her friendship. I had lost contact with her but in the past year caught up with her on facebook, it is very obvious thru reading the caring bridges journals etc. that Mary Beth touched many lives in her 50 years here and each one person will carry some of Mary Beth on. She was a great person in junior high and high school and so much fun to be around. She has a great family and enjoyed reading your writings everyday thru out MB's last mission. Thoughts and prayers to each one of you as you travel this next difficult journey.
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