Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Ambrose Ziegler

Fr. Ambrose M.
Ziegler, 83 of Lafayette, passed away at Franciscan East, St. Elizabeth
Hospital in Lafayette Monday evening October 22, 2018. Fr. Ziegler was born in
Lafayette August 26, 1935, the son of the late John Joseph and Johanna
(O’Reilly) Ziegler. He attended St. Meinrad Seminary and was ordained to the
Priesthood May 27, 1961.


His first
assignment was Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Fowler, and then
named Associate Pastor in 1964 at St. Mary in Muncie. Fr. Ziegler was named
Pastor of St. Joseph in Delphi in 1972, and at St. Mary in Dunnington in 1981.
In 1985, he was named to the Pastoral Team at All Saints in Logansport and
Administrator of St. Elizabeth in Lucerne. He was named Pastor of St. Charles
in Otterbein and St. Bridget in Barrydale in 1986. From 1995 until 1997 he
served as Pastor of St. Ann in Lafayette, and in 1997 was appointed Pastor of
St. Augusta at Lake Village in 1997, where he served until 2002, when he was
granted retirement. In retirement, Fr. Ziegler was tireless in providing
sacramental help to parishes and priests across the diocese.


Surviving is a
brother, Joseph Donald Ziegler (wife Frances) of Goodland, IN; several nieces,
nephews, great nieces and great nephews as well as his housekeeper and
caregiver, Nancy Dietzen, who was responsible for maintaining his nutrition and
health for the last four decades. He was preceded in death by three brothers,
Paul, James and John Ziegler; and by a sister, Margaret Ann Hayes.