Shirley Ruth Ziegelman, 91, of Great Bend, North Dakota, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at St. Catherine's Living Center, Wahpeton, ND. Her services are set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend, ND. There will be a visitation one hour prior. Burial will take place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Brock Schmeling will officiate.
Shirley Ruth Trickel was born in Iowa on May 21, 1932, to Arley and Ethel (Coburn) Trickel. She grew up in the Trenton, Missouri and Breckenridge, MN, area, and was the 6th out of 11 children.
On September 20, 1951, Shirley married Roy Ziegelman at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, ND. The couple was blessed with 6 children, Kathy, Karen, Linda, Norma, Dennis, and DiAnn.
Shirley started her working career as a waitress at Veda’s Café, then the Elk’s Club. No matter how late she would work the night before, she would always have hot cereal and toast ready every morning before her children went to school. She then went on to run an in-home daycare for many years.
After retirement, Shirley delivered the Daily News and Fargo Forum to the residents of Great Bend. Shirley thought it would be a way to make extra Christmas money, but it turned out to be that and a little more. Not only did she have access to the daily crossword puzzles, but since she was employed by the Fargo Forum, Shirley would occasionally get free tickets to Redhawks or Bison games. Shirley enjoyed baseball, and made barbecues for her grandson’s concession stands. Shirley even cheered on her sons-in-law when they played baseball too.
Shirley was a very active lady, and kept her days filled full. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking Christmas cookies, and fishing. Her children and grandchildren have fond memories of sitting in the garage, snapping peas or beans to be canned, and listening to Swap Shop. Shirley and Roy would take fishing trips to Canada, or she could be found tossing out her line on a bamboo pole. She was very involved with the Great Bend Fire Department’s fish fry.
Shirley is survived by her children, Kathleen Lambke, Karen (Reg) Gilles, Linda (Larry) Leshovsky, Norma (LeRoy) Smith, Dennis (Vicki) Ziegelman; grandchildren, Kelly Ziegelman, Stacie (Scott) Lunow, Kristopher (Danielle) Lambke, Jon (Krista) Gilles, Tawny (Aaron) Stinton, Jason (Kristie) Leshovsky, Jamie Leshovsky, Erica (Jamie) Rezac, Justin (Erica) Smith, Tori Ziegelman, Tanner Ziegelman; great grandchildren, Ashley, Michael, Shawn, Derek, Brady (Leah), Logan (Shania), Ariana, Aidden, Kale, Devyn, Koal, Michaela, Roy, Dylan, Dexter, Sloan, Bradi, Johnny, Roy, Tucker, Ellie, Gracie, Charli, Hunter, Trenton, Teagan, Travon, Cashton, Tayden, great-great granddaughter, Emilynn; her siblings, sisters in law, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Arley and Ethel; her husband, Roy; daughter, DiAnn Ziegelman; granddaughter, Kristie Leshovsky; son in law, Terry Lambke; and siblings.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, 206 School St., Great Bend, ND, 58075. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Catherine’s and CHI Hospice, Breckenridge, MN.