Karl M. Ziegler age 88 a life-long resident of Greene Twp., passed away on Thursday February 7, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Erie on January 16, 1925 a son of the late Michael and Regina Roth Ziegler. He proudly served his country in the 17th Airborne Division of the United States Army during WW II. He served in the European Theatre participating in the Battle of the Bulge and received many awards including the Bronze Star. Karl was a Tool and Die Maker; he previously worked for Rite Precision and retired from Reddog Industries in 1992 after over 40 years of service. Karl was a friend to all and always had an encouraging word. He could fix anything and was a brilliant designer and craftsman. He enjoyed woodworking, tending to his garden and yard and maintaining his classic cars, which he was able to do up until the last few months. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Marilyn Costanzo Ziegler in 2009 and three brothers; Michael, William and Dennis Ziegler. He is survived by four daughters; Susan Yarnell and her husband David, Elaine Skladanowski and her husband John all of Erie, Carolyn Esterly and her husband Kevin and Kathy Dissosway and her husband Rich all of North Carolina, two sons; Kirk Ziegler and his wife Donna and Paul Ziegler and his wife Marci all of Erie, 16 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and special neighbors, Carol and Ed Pfeiffer and Mark and Brenda Husted. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc. 5000 Wattsburg Rd. Erie, 16504 on Sunday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., and are invited to services there on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. John Ohrn officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Mount of Olives Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff and members of Great Lakes Hospice and Kuhl Hose Company for their care and support during this time. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to either Great Lakes Hospice 1700 Peach St. Erie, PA 16550 or Kuhl Hose Co. 3131 Rescue Lane Erie, PA 16509. Please visit www.SchmidtFuneralHomeErie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 9, 2013