Z. Wilson, better known as “Ginger,” 84, passed away at home in Ojai,
Calif, on March 5, 2013, from metastatic melanoma. She was born in
Milwaukee on Jan. 28, 1929, the youngest of three. She was preceded in
death by her parents Bernhard Carl Ziegler and Edna Eickelberg Ziegler, a
brother Bernhard Carl Ziegler II, her husband of 64 years, John, and a
grandson, Nate Revelle Wilson. She is survived by her brother, R. Douglas
Ziegler of West Bend, and her family, including son Scott (Christine), and
children Eli and Marika; daughter Dede Pitruzzelli (Bill) and children
Joseph and Stefan; daughter Gracia “Gay” Hopcia (Dave) and children
Abby and Aiden; son Doug (Dina) and children Tyler, Haley, Sadie, and
Amanda; and son Clint (Yi) and children Rebecca, Sydney, and Homer. Tyler
and Christen blessed Ginger with two great-grandchildren, Ryder and
Ginger was raised in the small town of West Bend. After high school she
attended Northwestern University where she earned a degree in English.
During her freshman year she met her future husband John. They were
married in 1948 and lived first in San Antonio, Texas. In 1952 John
accepted a position with Standard Oil of California and the couple moved
to Ojai where they raised their five children. As a young child Ginger
always dreamed of growing up to be a missionary. Life took her in a
different direction and she did not end up overseas but she lived a life
of service in her local community. Over the years Ginger was active in
several community organizations: Children’s Home Society, the Ventura
County Symphony League, Ojai Valley Garden Club, HELP of Ojai, Ojai Valley
Hospital Auxiliary and the Ojai Valley Museum. She was a longtime member
of the Ojai Presbyterian Church, serving as elder, Chancel Choir member,
director of the Children’s Choir, docent for the Biblical Garden and
member of the Columbarium Task Force. Over the years, Ginger was a
generous contributor to many nonprofit projects in her hometown of West
Bend. She never forgot where she came from. In addition to cherishing
family time, Ginger enjoyed bridge, golf and all things musical.
Ginger’s shining spirit and generous soul will be dearly missed.
There will be a public service and celebration of Ginger’s life at the
Ojai Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. Light refreshments
will follow in the social hall and patio. There will be a private family
inurnment in the church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may
be sent to the Ojai Valley Museum or the Ojai Presbyterian Church.
Psalms 16:7,9,11: “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel. … Therefore
my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; My body also dwells secure. Thou
dost show me the path of life; In thy presence there is fullness of joy,
in thy right hand are pleasures forever.