Leah Ziegler

25-Feb-1918 - 13-Jun-2020

Obituary Overview

A Life Well Lived

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Leah Ziegler (nee Weimar), in the early hours of Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the Carewest - George Boyack assisted living facility, at the blessed and inspiring age of 102.

Leah was born on Feb. 25, 1918 in Calgary. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Agnes Weimar, younger sister; Dorothy Leska, of Toronto, as well as her husband of 53 years, Richard Ziegler who predeceased her in 1992. Leah is survived by her five sons: Francis (Gail), Lawrence (Joan), Ron (Kyli), all of Calgary, Vince of Drayton Valley, and Earl (Kathleen) of Beiseker. She will be lovingly remembered by her eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Leah is also survived by her favorite furry companion, Suzy. 

Family members were very dear to Leah and she always sent a greeting for birthdays and anniversaries. Her sketches and doodles of flowers, and small wildlife could be found around the farm and on many cards and notes received by her family members over the years. She enjoyed visits and phone conversations with family, friends, and neighbors. She was always a constant source of inspiration and determination.

Leah was part of the Shepard community (located just east of Calgary) since 1930 when her parents bought land north of Shepard. Leah and her husband Richard bought the land from her parents in the early 1940’s. She maintained this property until she was over 101 years old before circumstances made it necessary that she move to the senior’s care centre, even though her home was truly her haven. 
Leah was active with the Catholic Church and a founding member of her chapter of the Catholic Women’s League at Holy Trinity. She was a woman of great faith and dedication, and also had artistic flair; she especially enjoyed decorating the church in the fall season enjoying the colors of the harvest theme.

Leah was a true country girl, raising cattle until she was in her 90’s. She was also involved in the Chestermere 4-H Club, along with her five sons. She checked the record books of the members, sponsored the trophy for records keeping, served on the Adult Committee, and championed public speaking. The family was recognized for 25 years of continuous membership in 1978. In 1992, the members recognized Leah for her long time dedication to the 4-H organization.

Leah was always eager to serve her community, and began driving the rural school bus in 1958. She picked up kids from Ogden, Maryland, and Shepard to drive them to the Indus and Chestermere schools, some of her “bus kids” still joke to this day that having 5 sons of her own wasn’t enough so she needed 20 more and that she had been their favorite driver.

Always up for a challenge, at one point, Leah had over 300 chickens and delivered eggs to people around Calgary. In the early 1960’s she converted the 100 foot chicken house into a greenhouse. Gardening quickly developed into a passion, and smelled far better than chickens. For more than 50 years Leah grew geraniums, petunias, tomatoes, and thousands of other interesting plants for the neighbours’ gardens and flower boxes. She developed a fruit orchard with pear, apple, apricot and plum trees that thrived despite Calgary’s harsh winters. She also mastered the art of tree grafting and was infinitely more qualified than Google as a source for information about gardening. The family hopes that heaven will be full of beautiful flowers and that weeding won’t exist.

“The family held a private memorial service, as required during current COVID19 restrictions.”

Posted by Val Busslinger | 13-Jul-2020

My sincerest sympathy goes out to you all in the passing of your mom. She truly was a great pioneer. Val Busslinger

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Posted by Diana Baker | 07-Jul-2020

I will always remember Mrs. Ziegler from church, she was just an amazing woman and someone I always wanted to be just like! I had moved away and saw her three years ago and she still knew who I was. An amazing woman and an amazing life, my deepest condolences!

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