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John Zielke

May 2, 1939 — February 17, 2022

Sheboygan

John E. Zielke, age 82, of Sheboygan, passed away on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at his home.

John was born on May 2, 1939, to Edward and Irene (Wolf) Zielke in Park Falls, WI.  He graduated from Glidden High School with the class of 1957. After graduation, John enlisted in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1965. On July 11, 1959, John was united in marriage to Carol Gottinger in Rhinelander, WI, at St. Jospeh’s Church. Together, the couple raised two children, Kelly and Jim. John worked as a sales manager for 25 years at AA Laun in Kiel, retiring in 2005.

John was a very skilled woodworker and made many fine pieces of furniture. He enjoyed home improvement projects, including the building of a deck, gazebo, and fence around their yard.

John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Carol; children, Kelly (Dan) Kapitz and Jim Zielke; grandchildren, CJ Zielke (fiancée, Melissa Bowman), Megan Zielke, Nicholas Kapitz (fiancée, Taylor Gregory), Abigail (Griffin) Magee, Matthew Kapitz; brothers-in-law, Larry Peterson and Robert (DeAnna) Gottinger; sisters-in-law, Gerry Kattreh, Donna Hermann, Linda Peterson; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Irene (Wolf) Zielke; sister, Sandy Peterson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jake and Mary Gottinger; brothers-in-law, Lee Hermann, Terry Peterson, and Jim Kattreh.

A funeral service for John will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Zimmer-Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center (W2132 Garton Road, Sheboygan, WI 53083). A public visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until the time of John’s service at the funeral home. Following John’s funeral service, he will be entombed at Greenlawn Memorial Park on Superior Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s name to the charity or organization of your choice.

If you would like to leave a message of sympathy for John’s family, please visit www.zimmerfuneralhome.com.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

11:00am - 1:00pm (Central time)

Zimmer Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center

W2132 Garton Rd, Howards Grove, WI 53083

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Starts at 1:00pm (Central time)

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W2132 Garton Rd, Howards Grove, WI 53083

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Starts at 1:45pm (Central time)

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