Jerome Ziegler, 84

Jerome (Jerry) Ziegler entered a new life on April 20, 2013. He was born in Plymouth to Alfred J Ziegler and Adele Ziegler on Feb. 25, 1929, right on the kitchen table in their home.

Jerome was educated at DeSales High School and St. Frances School of Theology in Milwaukee where he achieved a Master’s of Divinity. He then served as a Catholic priest in West Allis and West Bend, during which time he met the love of his life, Jane (Parker), and left the priesthood to raise the family he so cherished.

He later became coordinator of Health and Human Services at Moraine Park Technical Institute. Jerome then joined Prudential Insurance as a registered representative where he wrapped up his career.

Jerry will be remembered most by his infectious smile and remarkable ability to make people laugh until no end. His patience was limitless and his generosity had no bounds.

Jerry enjoyed spending time with his best friend and wife Janie, raising his family, sharing good humor, making daily visits to the grocery store, cooking and acting in plays. He was passionate about his simple cottage at Cabot’s Cove, which was truly near and dear to his heart. It was his favorite place to spend quality outdoor time with his family breathing in the fresh Door County air.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Jane, brother Harold, daughter Meghan (Mike Degen), son Jeremy (Tara), granddaughter Hanna and stepdaughter Tanya Borgwordt.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Eugene and Alfred.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Jerry’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception at 406 Jefferson St., West Bend, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Visitation will be from 3-5:45 p.m.

The family requests that any donations be made to a charity of your choice.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at