Vivian Ziegler
1920 - 2016
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VIVIAN ZIEGLER Vivian Larson Ziegler, aged 96, passed peacefully at her home Tuesday, October 18, in the company of family after a life filled with grace, kindness and concern for those around her. She enjoyed a life-long passion for people, history, art, travel, politics, and especially her family and friends. Born in 1920, Vivian was the fifth and last child born to Anna Elizabeth and Louis Larson at the family home in Bayside. Louis arrived on the Northcoast in 1888 from Varmland, Sweden, and was followed by Anna who was from Smaland, Sweden in 1900. The family hosted Swedish relatives and friends as Vivian was growing up on Fickle Hill, and continuing visits of relatives over many decades were among her great joys. She attended Arcata schools, graduating in 1937 from Arcata High School and played clarinet in the marching band at the dedication of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. Vivian then went on to Humboldt State Teachers College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching credential, graduating in 1941. While a student, she directed a drama production at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition at Treasure Island in 1939. Vivian's teaching career began that year at Patrick's Point School and continued at Pacific Union School where her great passion was teaching kindergarten and exploring new educational techniques until she retired in 1975. Vivian met her husband of sixty years, William "Bill" E. Ziegler, at Humboldt State and they were married in 1942. Bill died in 2002. Together, Bill and Vivian enjoyed many common interests together including gardening, art - sketching and painting together; and they traveled extensively across the United States and around the world. Over the years, she earned many awards for her flower arrangements and cultivation of beautiful rhododendrons. She and Bill especially enjoyed friendships around gardening, politics and travel. They shared an active passion for Democratic politics throughout their lives, and Vivian fondly remembers seeing President Roosevelt in Colorado Springs in 1942 - voting for him as her first vote, and some 50 years later she also met President Clinton at the White House. She cast her last vote for Hillary Clinton. She was preceded in death by her siblings Rudolph, Laverne, Juanita and James Larson. She is survived by three children, Jeffrey and Joel of Arcata, along with Jay and her daughter-in-law Carri Ziegler of Davis, California. She is also survived by nephew Lincoln Steffens of Calgary, Canada and his family along with seven Ziegler grandchildren: Milo of Seattle; Morgan and his wife Jennifer, and great grandson, Jordan of Olympia; Amelia and William of Davis; Erin and Sianna Ziegler; and Dulce Ziegler of Eureka, her fondest companion in recent years. She enjoyed her last visit on Monday with Dulce, second cousin Julie Villegas and her husband Richard. As Vivian passed, she noted, that she feels quite grateful that there are people she remembers dating from 1888 in Arcata's colorful local history - especially from Fickle Hill and Arcata. Benefitting from a remarkable memory and style to her final days, she recently documented her family's migration from Sweden and has articles pending publication in the coming months in the Humboldt Historian. She and our family are very grateful for the loving care of her caregivers in the past year. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be directed to Hospice of Humboldt County, the Humboldt County Historical Society, the Humboldt County Library Foundation, and the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation. We will miss Vivian tremendously and a celebration of her life is planned for the Thanksgiving weekend in Arcata. Please sign the guestbook at

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Published in Times-Standard from Oct. 21 to Oct. 30, 2016.
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January 2, 2017
Jeff, Joel, Jay and families, we will all miss Vivian terribly. Mostly the long phone call visit from her, after she received one of our holiday cards. She knew more about our family Swedish heritage than many of our relatives did. Many days I would visit with Vivian after school, waiting for a ride home after various school sport practices.
Martin & Joan Beebe
January 2, 2017
Martin Beebe
November 26, 2016
November 11, 2016
Mrs. Ziegler was my Kindergarten teacher at Pacific Union School in 1972. Great memories.
Jill Hansen
October 30, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have many great memories while growing up with your family.
Jim Beebe
October 29, 2016
Jeff and family. My sincere condolences on the passing of Vivian who I met on a number of occasions on Fickle Hill visiting Jimmy, Rudolph, and LaVerne with my dad. A life well lived.
Frank Alden
October 29, 2016
Mrs. Ziegler was my 4th grade teacher at Pacific Union. She was a wonderful dedicated teacher and she made a positive impact on my life. We managed to keep in contact over the years. Mrs. Ziegler was a very special lady. My thoughts are with her family.
Linda Nicholson
October 27, 2016
Vivian was a wonderful teacher and friend. She had a great sense of humor and her smile and laughter were contagious . I will cherish the happy memories of teaching together. I will miss her.
Judy White
October 26, 2016
To The Zeigler Family: We are sorry for your sad loss.
Monte and Mary Lou Cook
October 25, 2016
Vivian was a most positive role model to those she touched in her 96 years.... she engaged people with her wonderful charm and spirit, which we feel in every memory of her. My condolences to Jay, Jeff, Joel and the entire family .
Martin Tuttle
October 24, 2016
Mrs. Ziegler was my Kindergadener teacher 1963 @ Pacific Union. I remember her as a kind, compassionate, gentle lady....
My sincere condolences to her family and friend who this Awesome soul touched.
Maria (Mary) Paradise
October 23, 2016
My heart felt condolences go out to the family, on this woman I loved so very much. She was so special. To think that she and I were very very distant cousins, from 2 brothers who had immigrated from Finland to Sweden in the early 1600 hundreds. And then that 2 decendants of them, should emigrate to America some 300 years later, my mother and Vivian's father, to Arcata. She will be in my heart the rest of my days.
anna antonsen
October 23, 2016
I will miss Vivian, her memories and my memories of her.
Katie Stokes Morehouse
October 22, 2016
I didn't know Vivian but wanted to send my condolences to the family nevertheless. Loved the part of the obituary where she was able to cast her last vote which was for Hillary as my father many years ago was able to cast his last vote two days before he passed. It is legal here in California as it should be. God bless all of you. Vivian sounded like someone I would have liked to have known as our interests are so alike.
Joyce Graham
October 21, 2016
My deepest sympathy to Vivian's family. I was so fortunate to have known her through our Swedish class. She was a special lady and will be missed. I loved hearing her stories.
Beverly Sandretto
October 21, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Ziegler's passing. She was my fourth grade teacher at our first year at Pacific Union. I have fond memories of those times. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Erna Drechsler
October 21, 2016
It has been a pleasure to know Vivian. I will miss her delightful spirit and her uncanny ability to remember the history of the Arcata community. Those of us fortunate to have her in our lives have been privileged to have known a very special individual. She was a blessing to know. My condolences to the family and friends. The memories of time spent with her make me smile. what a treat.
Sue Knight
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