Ilona V. Ziegler (7/15/22-1/30/18)

As a young Oklahoma farm girl who knew the hard times of the Dirty Thirties, the heartbreak and sacrifice of World War II, but most importantly she knew God and valued family closeness and forgiveness. Throughout her life, she loved teaching, playing Beethoven, reading, writing free-verse poetry, singing, watching Kansas sunsets, listening to the one mockingbird that came every spring, tending flowers, searching for truth, being a listening post for her children, believing life is beautiful.

Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and teacher, she lived a full life in an epoch of unequaled technical and scientific progress, the fall of communism, deterioration of moral values with a virus of children killing children. Her philosophy was nothing happens that does not offer, however concealed to ordinary eyes, an occasion for adoration and learning. “It is not enough to wire the world if you short-circuit the soul. Technology without heart is not enough.”

Her favorite poem was “Barter” by Sarah Teasdale
Life has loveliness to sell
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Climbing fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.
Life has loveliness to sell.
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.
Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost,
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been or could be.​

Survivors include her siblings: Paula Bloyd, Mollie and Charles Mathis, and sister-in-law Phyllis Johnson. Her children: Rebecca Ziegler, Debbie (Ziegler) and Randy Welsh, Jeffry and Teresa Ziegler, Nancy (Ziegler) and Todd Dixon. Grandchildren: Justin and Michelle Wenrich, Joshua and Avalina Goodman; David and Suzanne Goodman; Sarah and Brian Domareck; Andrew Ziegler and Jessica and Craig Lamacraft; Kevin, Brenden and Emiline Dixon. Great grandchildren: Jada, Maddelyn, and Trinity Goodman; Abigail and Jordana Goodman, Damian, Vaiden, Audrich and Syler Wenrich; Olivia and Eloise Domareck.

The family intends to have a service to celebrate both Pius and Ilona Ziegler’s life at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer for you to donate to the Trego Community High School, 1200 Russell Ave., WaKeeney, KS, 67672 where she taught English for 20+ years.