Obit: Ziehr, Thomas Raymond (1942 - 2005)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Ziehr, Blumenthaler, Dunigan, Draves

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County. WI) October 19, 2005

Ziehr, Thomas Raymond (*13 April 1942 - October 10, 2005) *Birth date taken from the SSDI.

Thomas Ziehr, age 63, of Neillsville, died on Monday, October 10, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Thomas Raymond Ziehr, was born in Eau Claire, the son of Dr. Raymond H and Mary (Blumenthaler) Ziehr. He attended school, played in the high school band and graduated from Augusta High School.

He then attended Marquette University, also played in the band and graduated with a teaching degree. He taught school at the Don Boscoe High School in Milwaukee, and then at the Merten School District in Merten, WI. In 1980, he earned a Fulbright Scholarship and taught in England as an exchange teacher from 1980 to 1981. After returning from England, he went back to the Merten School district and taught until retiring after his Dad’s death in March of 1994. Tom moved to Neillsville in the summer of 1995 to be with his mother. While in Neillsville Tom was a substitute teacher for the Neillsville School District.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and his hobbies included stamp collecting. He loved to travel, and he loved music. But most of all he was devoted to his mother and his family.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Ziehr, of Neillsville; a brother, James (Phyllis) Ziehr of Madison; two sisters, Marlene (James) Dunigan of Stevens Point; and Jeannine (Jerry) Draves of Dodgeville; and nieces, nephews and great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Raymond H Ziehr; paternal grandparents, Joseph and Amelia Ziehr; and maternal grandparents, Frank and Rose Blumenthaler.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Thomas at 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, Wis. The Very Reverend Woodrow H Pace will officiate. Providing music will be Aaron Knodle, organist, members of the Neillsville High School Choir, Wendell and Kathy Attoe and St. Mary’s Choir. Visitation time will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, Wis. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.



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