Mary Ann Louise Stroebel Ziehr was born on January 6, 1940 in Albany to G. C. Stroebel and Lydia Wende Stroebel. When she was a year old, her family moved to Cisco where she the majority of her life. She attended school in Cisco and graduated from Cisco High School in 1958 where she played cornet for the Mighty Lobo Band and was a member of the Future Homemakers of America.
Mary Ann worked at the soda fountain at Dean Drug for a year until beginning her career in 1959 as a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell. She enjoyed crafts, cooking, playing the piano, attending family reunions, and decorating her home for various holidays, especially Christmas. She was a member of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society.
On October 26, 1968 she married Joe D. Ziehr at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cisco, recently celebrating 54 years of marriage.
After a short time living in Weatherford, TX, they made their residence in Cisco, moving into their current home in 1975.
One of Mary Ann’s biggest accomplishments was being a breast cancer survivor and was cancer free since 1983.
Always active in church activities throughout her life, she assisted with the Sunday School program at the First Presbyterian Church in Cisco during the late 1950s and early 1960s. She also served as a teacher for the kindergarten Sunday school class as well as assisted with the Jesus Friends Kids Ministry at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cisco from the early 1980s until the mid 1990s. Mary Ann served as the treasurer for the Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery Association for several years, retiring from the post in 2015.
In later years, Mary Ann resumed her attendance at the First Presbyterian Church in Cisco and was one of the last regular attendees at the church’s closing in August 2021. Recently, she had been occasionally watching online services for Cisco Methodist Church.
Mary Ann passed on the afternoon of November 18, 2022 in Rising Star, Texas.
Mary Ann was preceded by her parents, sister Alice Ruth Stroebel, step-mother Eva Richardson Stroebel, and her in-laws Frank Ziehr and Willie Mae Holt Ziehr, brother in law Elton Ziehr, sister in law Kathleen Weiser, and Joe’s brother in laws Norman Weiser and Alvin Krause.
She is survived by her husband Joe D. Ziehr and son, Kevin Ziehr, both of Cisco as well sister in law Elaine Krause of Copperas Cove, brother in law Roland Ziehr and wife Jean of Clyde. Also, she is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and lifelong friends.
Memorial service will be on November 26, 2022 at 1:30 pm at the Cisco Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Lampert, former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating, and assisted by Jo Lynn Davis, pastor of the Cisco Methodist Church. A private family burial was held at the Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery.
The memorial service will streamed on the Cisco Methodist Church’s Facebook page.
The family will receive relatives and friends from after the service until 3:30 pm.
Honorary pall bearers are Harlos & Teena Guyton, Victor Plambeck, Jeff Ziehr, Robert Ziehr, Tim Reich, Will Holt, Larry Gerhardt, Marvin Reich and Jeff Newman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery Association, the Cisco ISD Ray Saunders Scholarship Fund, or the Texas Wendish Heritage Society College/Trade School Scholarship Fund.
The family wishes to thank the Rising Star Nursing and Rehabilitation Center staff as well as CCS Hospice for the care provided to her.