Dr. Harold Zirbel

May 31, 1927 - Dec. 15, 2007

Dr. Harold Zirbel, 80, of Dousman, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. He was born May 31, 1927, the son of Richard and Norma Zirbel.

He graduated with honors from Washington High School in 1945 and graduated from Marquette University in 1950. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his masterís degree. Harold returned to Marquette, where he earned his doctorate degree in 1973 and was selected as the Marquette educator alumnus in 1986. Dr. Zirbel began teaching at the former Boys Trade and Technical High School - now Bradley Tech - in 1950. He became the director of guidance at Tech in 1962. He served as vice principal at Rufus King High School from 1963 to 1965 and returned to Tech in the fall of 1965, where he served as the vice principal until the fall of 1969. He served as principal at the former Boys Trade and Technical High School from 1969 to 1981.

In 1982, Dr. Zirbel answered the call to become director of careers and special program planning for Milwaukee Public Schools, where he stayed until his retirement in 1988 - after 38 years of dedication to that school district. Upon his retirement, Hal and his beloved wife of 58 years, Joyce, enjoyed amazing opportunities to travel the world extensively.

Dr. Zirbel participated in football, basketball and track at Washington High School, where he was named to the all-city team in football. He continued his outstanding football accomplishments in the U.S. Navy, playing for the Great Lakes Naval base. Upon his return from the Navy, he played footall at Marquette University where he was team captain his senior year. He continued playing semi-pro football from 1949 to 1952 for the Delavan Red Devils and the Waukegan Merchants. Hal was a loved and respected high school football coach at Boys Trade and Technical High School from 1950 to 1962.

Dr. Zirbel died Saturday, Dec. 15 at age 80. He and his beloved wife, Joyce, had two children: Dr. Jay (Krissy) Zirbel of Murray, Ky., and Jil (J.R.) Blatnik of Dousman. He was a loving grandpa of Cody Zirbel, Cory Zirbel, D.J. Blatnik, Jay Blatnik, and Sarah Blatnik. He also is survived by his siblings, Irving Zirbel, Richard Zirbel and sister Irene (Jerry) Peplinski, as well as many other relatives and friends.

A private celebration of Dr. Zirbelís life has been held. Halís abundant love, humor and compassion will live on through those who miss him dearly.

Memorials, if desired, in his memory to the Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated.