Kenneth E. 'Ken' Zivney

June 12, 1921 - July 5, 2009

Mary H. Zivney

June 3, 1922 - July 5, 2009

Kenneth E. "Ken" Zivney, 88, and his wife, Mary H. Zivney, 87, of the town of Brookfield, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Ken was born in Milwaukee on June 12, 1921, the son of Frank and Emma (Michaels) Zivney. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On Aug. 3, 1946, he was united in marriage to his wife, Mary, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. Ken worked for 28 years at St. Regis Paper Co. He also worked for and retired from the Waukesha Public Library. In retirement, he enjoyed volunteering with children’s library programs, The Caring Place and RSVP. Ken was very involved in the Boy Scouts and was proud to be an Eagle Scout. Ken enjoyed volunteering at Waukesha County Technical College, where he repaired toys for their TOT Program. He loved to make and give away birdhouses as gifts to his family and friends, was an avid gardener who gave away many zucchinis and raspberries, loved dancing and polka music, and was a member of the town of Brookfield fire department.

Mary was born in Pontiac, Mich., on June 3, 1922, the daughter of Edwin and Gladys (nee Pettengill) Livingston. Mary was a member of RSVP and enjoyed cross-stitching. Along with her husband, they were active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and former longtime members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and they were both members of the senior songsters.

Ken and Mary will be sadly missed by their children, JoAnn (Howard) Husslein of Slinger, Bruce (Terri) Zivney of Waukesha and Tom (Donna) Zivney of Eagle; grandchildren, Amy (Peter) Nelson of Madison, Dan (Shay) Husslein of Brookfield, Dani (Scott) Palm of Milwaukee, Paul (Bettina) Zivney of Milwaukee, Aaron (Rachel) Zivney of Mesa, Ariz., Gary Zivney of Oconomowoc and LeAnn Zivney of Eagle; and great-grandchildren, Alex, Zach and Adam Nelson, Jonah and Sofia Husslein, Elijah and Summer Palm and Lelu Zivney. Mary is survived by her brothers, James (Elaine) Livingston of Milwaukee and Pat (Ira) Martin of Columbus, Ohio, and sister, Ann Leenheer of Houston. They are both survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Lane; and Ken is preceded in death by his sister, Lucille Burch, and brother, Frank "Ziv" Zivney.

Visitation for Mr. and Mrs. Zivney will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral Mass on Wednesday, July 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Very Rev. James. T. Volkert will preside. Interment for Mr. and Mrs. Zivney will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Please meet at the cemetery chapel. Military honors will be held to honor Mr. Zivney’s service.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to St. Mary’s Catholic Church (address above) or to the Salvation Army, 445 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to to leave an online tribute.