Anne Lofland McKelvy Ziegler

June 26, 1934 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Anne Ziegler Obituary

Anne Lofland McKelvy Ziegler passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 21, 2024 at Danbury Nursing Home in Tipp City, Ohio. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2017 and admitted to the Memory care unit at Danbury in November of 2019. 

Anne was born on June 26, 1934 in Albany, Texas to Glen Rose McKelvy and Dott Lofland McKelvy. Those waiting for her in heaven are her grandparents, parents, her brothers Glen Rose “Buddy” McKelvy Jr., John Lawrence McKelvy and her beloved husband of 43 years, Robert William “Bob” Ziegler as well as other family, friends and pets that have already moved on. Those remembering her here on Earth are her sister Sara Frances (McKelvy) Emory, niece Martha Anne Emory; five loving children, William Glen “Bill” Ziegler, Catherine Elaine Thomas (Kenneth), John Lawrence Ziegler (Debbie), Pamela Anne Ziegler (Dave), and Robert Keith Ziegler; Her 8 grandchildren William Mark Ziegler, Christina Elaine Thomas (Peter), Alexandra “Allie” McKelvy-Nicole Watkins (Zack), Kenneth Carl Thomas III, Jacqueline Ruth-Anne Thomas (Dominic), Andrew William Ziegler and David James Ziegler, a step-grandchild Zakk Boyd (Tosha);  2 great-grandchildren Grace Rose Watkins, and Delilah Del Mare Jackson as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

When asked, where do you hail from, Anne proudly stated she was a Texan whose father worked for the Veterans Administration, giving her the opportunity to live in many varied cities across America, and  lifetime experiences that helped shape Anne to become the person her family and friends all loved.

Anne’s family moved back to her home state where she graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in San Antonio in 1952. 

Anne was a volunteer at her family’s church and one day, while serving at the church luncheon for servicemen returning from the Korean Conflict, she met Robert William Ziegler, from Dayton, Ohio. They were married on October 16, 1954, living in Texas for a time until moving back to Bob’s hometown. 

There, in Dayton, they raised their five children, in what was then Wayne Township. Anne’s husband  loved all things musical and could often be heard crooning Elvis Presley songs or the like to his beloved, but his favorite song of all to sing to Anne was:  “The Yellow Rose of Texas” as she always had the sweetest smile whenever he began. 

In the 1980’s, Anne and Bob would take in their grandson Mark, as a baby, who lived with Anne until he moved back to Missouri, to be near his mother.  Anne adored her children and grandchildren.

Anne was a forward thinker who loved the arts. She and Bob chaperoned his high school students to Europe in the 70’s on four different occasions. They let their children tag along as well, giving them rich experiences they will always cherish. 

Anne loved the opera, and took her grandchildren quite regularly to venues such as Victoria Theatre, Memorial Hall and the Schuster Center in Dayton. She also took them on countless excursions to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and the Dayton Art Institute. This fostered a love of the arts and science in her grandchildren. 

Anne was a fantastic cook, and always hosted holidays in her home around a big table. She had a signature punch that everyone in her family is nostalgic for.  She loved learning and she went to both Sinclair and Wright State University to expand her knowledge base, working at Ohio Bell and as a computer programmer at WPAFB. She was an active member of the Democratic Club and a philanthropist, donating to epilepsy research, the American Heart Association, and the Wounded Warrior Project.  

Anne was a descendant of Peter Brown who was a passenger on the Mayflower and a signer of the Mayflower Compact in 1620. She also was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

She loved to wear a particular shirt, cross-stitched with: “I Love My Grandchildren” and they could tell. She got to meet her two great-grandchildren before she passed.

Anne was loved so dearly and will be greatly missed. But now, she and Bob are finally reunited. 

“Oh now I’m going to find her, for my heart is full of woe

We’ll do the things together, we did so long ago

We’ll play the banjo gaily, she’ll love me like before 

And the Yellow Rose of Texas will be mine for evermore”

Services for family will be at Woodland Mausoleum with interment at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. 

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