Updated March 31, 2013

Zeiger, Pearl - The South Bend Tribune carried an obituary for Pearl Zeiger on 17 Jan 1977 and it reads: "Mrs. Pearl E. Zeiger Three Oaks-Family services for Mrs. Pearl E. Zeiger, 86, of Shorewood Hills, Sawyer, who died at 3:55 a.m. Sunday in her home, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Connelly-Noble Funeral Home, Three Oaks. Rev. D. Wayne Root, pastor of the Christian United Church of Christ, Sawyer, will officiate. Burial will be in the New Troy Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Christian United Church of Christ or to the Berrien County Cancer Service, inc., 3916 Red Arrow Hwy., St. Joseph. She was born on Nov. 15, 1890, in New Troy and had spent her lifetime in the area. She was married on March 9, 1912, in South Bend, to Roy Zeiger. He died on March 11, 1959. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jay (Burdette) Sexton of Sawyer; a grandson and a great-granddaughter." Pearl was the daughter of Elias and Alice (Ludlum) Brant of New Troy. She married Roy R. Zeiger and they had one daughter: Burdette Grace Zeiger who married Jay F. Sexton. - - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Zeiger, Roy R. - Roy R. Zeiger An obituary for Roy R. Zeiger was carried in the Niles daily star on 13 Mar 1959 and it reads: “Sawyer-Funeral services for Roy Reese Zeiger, 67, of Sherwood Hill, near Sawyer, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Three Oaks Congregational Church. Mr. Zeiger died suddenly Wednesday after being stricken on the Lake Michigan beach near his home. Friends may call at Connelly Funeral Home, Three Oaks, until noon Saturday. Mr. Zeigler was born in Berrien County Oct. 27, 1891, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Zeiger. Mr. Zeiger was the president of the Zeiger Lumber Co., Sawyer, the Home Supply, Inc., Benton harbor, and was vice president of real Estate Enterprises, Benton Harbor. He was a charter member of the Sawyer Lions Club, the Twin Cities Camera Club, and the Economics Club of Southwestern Michigan. He was also a member of the Shrine and a member of the Three Oaks Masonic Lodge No. 239. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. J. Sexton, of Sawyer; two brothers, Wesley Zeiger, of Three Oaks and Himar Zeigler of Sawyer; a sister, Mrs. Arthur Johnson, of Three Oaks; and a grandson.” Note: The spelling of Zeigler is the newspaper’s not mine and the daughter was named Burdette G. (Zeiger) Sexton. - - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Zerbe obit   Zerbe - Decatur Republican February 16, 1946 - Lee Zerbe - Found Dead IN Shack
Lee Zerbe was found dead in his little shack off the Hinkley and Ellis road last Saturday afternoon.
  He had worked for Marine Dees and John DeFeyter on the muck land for the past five years, but laid off during the winter. He was a good faithful workman and they had a friendly interest in his welfare. They had not seen him for a week, had become uneasy about him, and sent John Holt , one of their helpers over to his place to investigate.
  When Lee went away he locked his door with a padlock, when he was at home he bolted himself in. Holt reported that the shack was bolted on the inside but he could get no response to his calls. That was about 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
  They summoned Chief Woolfe and forced the door. Lee was found lying face downward on the floor. The men did not go in but came to town and called Coroner Frank Thompson of Paw Paw who came over and released the body to O. W. Newell and Son. No inquest was held. It was thought that he had been dead 5 or 6 days.
  Lee came to the village a week ago Friday, February 9, bought some groceries, but forgot to take them home. The next day he came back for them and returned to his shack in the afternoon. That was the last time he was seen alive.
  Funeral services were held at Newell and Son’s funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. J. F. Lemke officiated, and burial was in Lakeside cemetery. The American Legion was in charge of the service.
  Lee O. Zerbe was born at Cory, Cass county, Michigan , September 17, 1892. He came to Decatur with his mother and brothers in 1909 and his mother died here in 1919.
  He worked on the muck land from the time he was big enough to work, and he owned ten acres of muck on the Hinkley and Ellis road. He was a veteran of World War I and served a year in the regular Army. He was a good worker, honest and square in his dealings. He is survived by his brothers Dewey of Decatur and John of Rifle, Colorado , and a half brother, Everet Geenacre of Ionia .
Article contributed by: Sandra Zerbe West

Zielke, Caroline Hannah
The Herald Press carried an obituary for Caroline Zielke on 05 Apr 1927 and it reads:  “Death Claims Mrs. C. Zielke Bridgman, April 5.-(Special)-Mrs. Caroline Hannah Zielke, resident of Lake township for the past 25 years, died at the home of one of her sons, Rineholt Zelke, last night.  Mrs. Zielke had been ill for two years and a half with rheumatism and an attack of pneumonia was the immediate cause of her death.  Besides her sons, she leaves 25 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Grandsons will act as pallbearers when the funeral is held at the Bridgman Congregational church on Wednesday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. George Vielguth, pastor of the Church of God, in St. Joseph will officiate at the rites.”
Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Zielke, John Bernard
The Niles Daily Star carried an obituary for John Bernard Zielke on 25 Jun 1931 and it reads:  “Bridgman-Funeral services will be conducted here Saturday for John Bernard Zielke, 83, who died Tuesday at the home of his son, Rhine.  The late Mr. Zielke had been a resident of the community about Bridgman and a fruit grower for 29 years.  He was born November 23, 1847, in Antonwald, Germany, and at the age of 13 years emigrated with his family to Russia.  In 1850 he was married to Miss Caroline Gitersonke whom he survived four years. Thirteen children were born, ten of whom died at early ages.  Mr. Zielke’s death followed one year upon that of his son, Henry.  Three sons survive.  They are; Rhine of Bridgman, and Rudolph and Gustav of Baroda.  There survive also 27 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at one o’clock from the home of a son, Rhine, and two o’clock from Bridgman Lutheran church.  The rev. O. H. Knoll, Lutheran pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in Green Wood cemetery, Bridgman.  Pall bearers will be John, Albert, August, Elmer, Rudolph Jr., and Walter Zielke, all grandsons of the deceased.  The body has been removed to the Fred Hall undertaking home.” His death certificate gives his father as Carl Zielke of Germany and his mother as Florintine Winkler also of Germany. His date of death was 23 Jun 1931.
Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Zordel, Albert
The Herald Press carried the obituary of Albert Zordell on 29 Nov 1924: Albert Zordell Died Last Eve Was Proprietor Of Shoe And Harness Shop Here For 42 Years Albert Zordell, for 42 years proprietor of a shoe and harness shop at 607 Ship street, and well known throughout the city, died last night about 11:15 o’clock at the home of a niece, Mrs. C.M. Ruggles of Lincoln avenue. Mr. Zordell was born in Germany, November 24, 1850. He came to this country 53 years ago. Mr. Zordell was unmarried. He is survived by two brothers, August living in Kansas, and Carl in Germany, and a sister, Mrs. Adolph Dombrowski of St. Joseph. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at two o’clock from Ruggles home. The Rev. F.C. Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in the city cemetery.” On 10 Dec 1924 the following appeared in the Herald Press: “Funeral Rites Held For Albert Zordell Funeral services were held this afternoon at two o’clock at the home of Mars. C.M. Ruggles of Lincoln avenue, for Albert Zordell resident here for 42 years, who died on Friday. The Rev. F.C. Schmidt officiated. Burial was in the city cemetery. Miss Ella Adler and George Adler sang ‘Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.’ and ‘Nearer My God to Thee.’ The pallbrearers were Charles and Fred Henspeter, Clyde Dombrowski, Albert Wessendorf and August Weik.”
- Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

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