Loretta Ellen ZEIGLER
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Loretta Ellen ZEIGLER
  • September 18, 1934 - September 15, 2017
  • Albany, Indiana

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LORETTA "LARRY" (PRICE) ZEIGLER, passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Born Sept. 18, 1934, she was a daughter of Walter and Velma (Ford) Price. She was their fourth child and had two sisters and one brother.

She graduated from Hartford City High School in 1952 and married Richard Zeigler that same year. They were very happily married and devoted to each other for 65 years. She graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1963 from Ball State University and received her M.S. Reading Specialist degree a few years later. She began teaching second grade at Redkey Elementary and at Walter Reed Elementary School in Hartford City, and then taught first grade at Pennville Elementary until she became a reading specialist for the Jay School Corporation in 1971. She served also as Director of Elementary Education for the Jay School Corporation until 1979. Following that, she continued her love for elementary teacher and staff development by working for Ball State University, Indiana University, and the Houghton-Mifflin Book Company. Her last educational venture was when she served on the board of directors of the Zion Early Learning Center and was instrumental in its founding and implementation. The preschool at Zion Lutheran, Portland, was near and dear to her heart and was the perfect display of her love of children and learning.

Larry was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church and her faith was the foundation for her life. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran in Hartford City, Ind., and was a very active member later at Zion Lutheran in Portland, Ind., singing in the choir, serving on various boards and teaching several groups. She and her husband were also associate members of St. Peter Lutheran on Fort Myers Beach, Fla. She loved to cook, and her desserts - especially her pies - were quite sought after and well received by all. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and she, along with her husband and family, went to St. Louis whenever possible. She was also a loyal IU basketball fan and enjoyed playing card games of all types.

She will be greatly missed for her beautiful smile and the love she showed to her family and friends. Her love and devotion for her family will always be cherished. She is survived by her husband, Richard "Dick" of Albany and Fort Myers Beach; two daughters, Cindy (Murray) Mendenhall of Fort Wayne and Marianne (Dennis) Horn of Portland; four granddaughters, Brianne (Phil) Hueber, Erika (Ryan) Frantz, Emily (Chad) Threewits, and Ashlea (John) Stone; and eight great-grandchildren, Grace, Gavin, Wes, Molly, Lexie, Vivie, Evelyn, and JJ; one sister, Betty (Don) Marker of Dayton, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Kay (Joe) Bonham; and one brother, Charles (Sandy) Price.

Her family would like to convey their deepest appreciation to all of her doctors, but most especially, Dr. Stephen Myron of Portland. She received wonderful and loving care from her doctors and nurses in both Indianapolis and in Florida and also from the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 218 East High St., Portland, Ind., with a time of gathering following the service until 4:30 p.m. A service of interment will be held at the Peace Garden at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church on Fort Myers Beach at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Zion Early Learning Center, Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, or Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. www.klaehnfahlmelton.com