MADISON- Shirley Ann (Olson) Ziegelmaier was born on September 6th 1935. She passed away on Friday November 22nd 2013. Shirley was the daughter of Arthur Marvin Olson and Clara Bernice Gran, and sister to Alden Olson.
Shirley grew up in rural SE Minnesota in a picturesque area called Jefferson Ridge near Caledonia. Though born on a farm, Shirley preferred an urban setting and lifestyle.
Even at a young age, Shirley had a great sense of style and design as well as an inquisitive spirit in search of truth and knowledge.
Shirley graduated from UW- Lacrosse with a BS degree in Medical Technology. During college, Shirley met her future husband Gregory Ziegelmaier - a writer and professor of humanities and literature. After Gregory passed away in 1969 at age 37, Shirley raised her daughter, Ann, as a single parent and also pursued her career as a Medical Technologist. She worked in the blood transfusion lab at UW Hospital in Madison for over 30 years.
She selflessly dedicated much of her life to raising her daughter, Ann, and traveling weekends to SE MN to care for her aging parents for more than 25 years.
Shirley loved life and pursued many passions in retirement. During the academic school year, she often audited art history and related classes at UW-Madison. Additionally, during the growing seasons, she loved nurturing her 2 personal gardens as well as volunteering at the Allen gardens on the UW Madison campus.
She enjoyed participating in a multitude of University League groups, attending the Madison Symphony and Opera along with recreational travel.
Shirley always maintained a kind and generous heart. Even during her illness, she expressed tremendous gratitude to her family, friends and all the people who helped her through this unforeseen and difficult time. Shirley wanted to extend her gratitude to all the wonderful health care professionals and doctors who offered compassion, goodness, and all love of heart.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Ann, who resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Shirley will be buried in a private service at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. In lieu of cards, flowers or gifts, her daughter asks that all gifts, monetary or otherwise, be donated to the charity of one's choice.