Margaret A. Zielke, 94, Wausau, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at her home.
She was born September 8, 1927 in Austin, MN, daughter of the late Leo and Anne Marie (Janssen) Poels. On March 18, 1950, she was united in marriage to Rudolph Zielke in Faribault, MN. He preceded her in death on January 7, 2004.
For many years, Margaret enjoyed working as a Librarian for the Wausau West High School. She also traveled throughout the United States as a market researcher for various companies. She kept busy working for the voting polls, wrote surveys for the Iowa Poll and worked for Governor Robert D. Ray in Iowa for many years. Margaret also found time to volunteer for fundraisers whenever she could and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
Among her favorite pastimes, she liked to go fishing in Minocqua at the Beacons, enjoyed playing contract bridge, was very talented at many different types of needlepoint and making lace and loved gardening.
She was a capable, fiercely independent, giving, loving, civic minded woman and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include, four children, Brian (Cindy) Zielke, Waukesha, Gary Zielke, Inver Grove Heights, MN, Mary (James) Dean, Annapolis, MD and Rudolph Zielke, Wausau; six grandchildren, Brian (Katie) Zielke, Kaeleigh, Jon and Stefanie Zielke, Elizabeth (Ron) Dykstra and AJ Jordan; three great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Ezra and Nolan; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, Rudolph, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert; her daughter-in-law, Jane Zielke; and seven siblings.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. Visitation will be on Friday from 12:00 p.m. (Noon) until time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King, WI.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice in Margaret’s memory.
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