Carl Ziegler

Carl Henry Ziegler

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Carl Henry Ziegler died on the April 19, 2021 in Bloomington, Indiana. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter A. Ziegler, Ruth Elizabeth Schloemer, brother, Walter Jr. and his aunt Connie Dentzler. Carl was born in West Bend Wisconsin where he attended elementary and secondary school graduating in 1958. The 1958 graduating class was a close unit and every December Carl hosted a Winter/Reunion for more than 40 of his classmates.

Carl attended Valparaiso University spending his junior year in Tuebingen, Germany. After his undergraduate studies, he was awarded a 4-year graduate fellowship in Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University where he received his PhD. In 1966, he began his teaching career as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University/Bloomington in Germanic studies and Comparative Literature teaching German language courses and 19th/20th century European and American literature.

Early in the 70’s, Carl taught an English composition course for students who were deficient in their English language skills. To correct these deficiencies, Carl created a comparative English/German curriculum, “Inter-Language Concepts”, focusing on teaching language concepts common to both languages. Exceptional students from this program enrolled in the standard German course. In an effort to introduce minority students into the German Department, every summer for four years Carl took four students to Austria where they were enrolled in an intensive German language course and lived with Austrian families. When these students returned to IU, they continued to enroll in German - some becoming German majors. For the first time ever, minority students had become a part of the Department. Unfortunately, when Carl was transferred to a new position, the Department did not continue his outreach and within two years, there were once again no minority representation in the department.

In 1990, Carl was appointed Director of the Collins Living-Learning Center by the College of Arts and Science. This position enabled him to closely interact with 400 individually selected students interested in being part of a learning focused residential program. Being fortunate to build on the strong foundation of his predecessor, Carl was able to expand the living-learning center’s mission. One of his first projects was to encourage students to raise their semester programming fee from $10 to $100. This encouraged the College to triple their commitment to the Center. Under his leadership the staff was increased to include an Assistant Director and a Program Coordinator; courses were cross-listed with the Honors Division; the first service-learning course at the University was introduced; numerous one-credit courses were created; the photography studio and the ceramics lab were expanded, weaving was added to the arts program; a student phot directory became available; and 3X5 foot posters were placed in the main lounge to make the Center’s activities visible to potential students and their families.

Without a doubt, two of the most time-consuming tasks for Carl at Collins were writing personal letters to all incoming students inviting them to the Center and personally inviting parents whose sons and daughters who were on the Dean’s List to a reception on Honors Day. Carl’s efforts at Collins were well received by the University and resulted in his receiving one of two University Distinguished Service Awards and a Bicentennial Medal of Honor.

Community involvement has always been an important part of Carl’s life. Over the years he served in Bloomington on the boards of Middle Way House, Monroe County Ministry and United Way and the Ziegler Family Foundation. In addition, Carl’s board of commitments, he generously contributed to more than 15 charitable agencies in the community.

When Carl retired from the University, he focused full-time working on his 40-acre property planting trees, flowers, bushes, mulching, mowing, pressure washing and painting. Carl considered himself to have been blessed beyond belief having a loving family, many close friends, a supportive community, a fine education, a rewarding career, and good health. In preparing his obituary, Carl wishes to thank his Schloemer relatives in Wisconsin, his 1958 high school classmates, the staff and former students of the Collins Living-Learning Center, and his unofficial adopted Winters family who have been an important part of his life for 45 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday May 12th at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church (809 S 6th St. West Bend, WI 53095) with Rev. David Zersen presiding. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 10:00am until 11:00am. Final place of rest will be at Washington County Memorial Park.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    St John's Ev. Lutheran Church
    809 S 6th Ave
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 11:00am
    St John's Ev. Lutheran Church
    809 S 6th Ave
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
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    Rev. David Zersen
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 12:00pm
    Washington County Memorial Park
    3358 W Paradise Dr
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
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Patrick D Kenny

Posted at 06:54pm
Carl and I were life long friends. We lived next door to each other during the summer months, went to the same wonderful West Bend High School, and were teammates on the golf team. He was perhaps the most kind, most giving of his time for others, most generous person in every possible manner than anyone I have known. His was a life well lived. Carl was 6 months older than me and for decades we called each other on our birthdays; July 19th will be an especially sad day as there will be no call from Carl. My dear friend, rest in peace.

The Bertram and Plant families.

Posted at 10:40am
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Bonnie Bertram

Posted at 10:34am
Carl was a lifelong and very kind family friend. We will miss him in Door County this year where he joined us for the past 15 years or so; over the years he enjoyed biking, hiking, golfing, chess and pottery! He always had a book with him at coffee in the morning and had a ready laugh! Rest in Peace, Carl

Blair and Barbara Bertram, Bonnie Bertram, B.J. and John Plant

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