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Thelma Ziegler, 99, died on February 9, 2019 at Sierra Hills Assisted Living in Truth or Consequences. She was born on May 23, 1919 in St. Peter, Minn. to Scottish immigrants James and Jane (Mutch) Beattie.

She married Robert C. Ziegler on December 23, 1942 and farmed in St. Peter before moving to Rio Rico, Ariz. in 1972.

She was predeceased by her husband; parents; sisters - Mabel Lager, Anna Beattie, and Dorothy Bauleke; and brothers - David Beattie and Norman Beattie.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law - Stephen Ziegler and wife, Kathy Garceau, of Quemado, N.M., Thomas and Cheryl Ziegler of Woodbury, Minn., and Brian and Jane Ziegler of Coarsegold, Calif.; two daughters and sons-in-law - Margaret (Peggy) and Clark Berg of Kalispell, Mont., and Susan and Robert (Andy) Tolley of Caballo; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life to be held at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at Sierra Hills Assisted Living Center in Truth or Consequences.  Internment will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona.


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  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    I am proud to call Thelma my cousin once removed. When I became interested in genealogy and was in the process of trying to put a book together of the Mutch family - from Arizona to Minnesota - Thelma gave me information and corrected my mistakes. Joe & I had the privilege of visiting her and her family in their home in Arizona when we were in that state for a vacation. She was just as gracious in person as she was in our long distance communication. She was a wonderful lady. We will be thinking of you all threw this week. Our sympathy, Joe and Janice
    ~ Joe & Janice Linder   Mankato, MN
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    P.S. Spell check let me down. through- not threw.
    ~ Janice Linder   Mankato, ME
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Ooops again! Still live in MN.
    ~ Janice Linder   Mankato, MN
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    We wanted to let you know we are thinking about your family and sending our sympathy. We share your feeling of loss. Love
    ~ Bob and Richie Wright   St. P eter, MN
  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    My condolences to the Ziegler children. I have memories of Mrs. Ziegler from when I was a boy. They are from her time at the Pharmacy soda counter. Three things stand out. She introduced me to the chocolate marshmallow sundae, still my favorite; lime phosphates, something to this day I have no idea what was in them; and my first pistachio nut, they were dyed red back then and too expensive to ever buy, but she offered me one to taste. It was after I got out of college that I ever tasted another one (still dyed red). It took me that long to get a job that paid well enough to try a whole bag. I left St. Peter in the mid 60's and when I returned twenty years later I wondered what ever happened to the Ziegler clan. I still remember Tom as the guy in sixth grade who might have loved playing baseball even more than I did. I hope things have all worked well.
    ~ Ken Gansen   St. Peter, MN
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
    Condolences to the Ziegler family. Bob and Thelma were good friends of my parents, George and Mary Klocow. Until my dad's death in 2013 he would hear from Thelma regularly. I was always amazed how that particular group of friends always kept in touch. My dad was Thelma's brother David's best man in Dave and Jeanette's wedding. Always good memories of the Beattie family. You had a wonderful 100 years with your mom. Blessings.
    ~ Meredith Wills   Saint Peter, MN
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019
    I am so sorry to hear of your mum’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy and love.
    ~ Marguerite Birnie   Maffra, Australia
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019
    Sorry to hear about your mum. We're thinking of your family.
    ~ Dianne Wain   Maffra, Australia
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019
    Praying for HIS perfect peace to comfort your family.
    ~ Cindy Weber   Fresno, CA
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019
    I send my condolences to your family. Even at 99 when you know the inevitable is near, it is still hard to say that final good bye. I was up to visit my Aunt Shirley today and told her of Thelma’s passing; she seemed to remember her and offered her condolences. Your family, and especially your Mother, will be in my prayers.
    ~ Ann Marie Broderick   Fountain Valley, CA
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019
    I’m so glad that I had the privilege of meeting Thelma, and of course Bob too. I still have very clear memories of getting Thelma to do the negotiating for me for my purchases in Nogales, Mexico - she was a master at that. Please let me know what her nominated charities are and I can hopefully donate from Scotland. My thoughts and warmest wishes to you.
    ~ Yvonne Johnston   Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019
    It is never easy to say goodbye to our parents or grandparents no matter how old they are or we are. Know that we are keeping you all in our prayers.
    ~ Deacon Steve Taylor and wife Angie   Coarsegold, CA
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019
    I was sorry to hear your mom has passed away. I pray the Lord may comfort you.
    ~ Loretta Mosher   Coarsegold, CA
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019
    My condolences on the loss of your mother. She was always very nice to me and I will remember her fondly.
    ~ Mike Ziegler   Litchfield, MN