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Deborah Kay “Debi” Ziegler

Aug 1, 2020

Mar. 10, 1951 – Dec. 20, 2019

Deborah Kay “Debi”

Ziegler, 68, died in her

home in Rugby, North

Dakota on December 20,

2019. She was born in

Rugby on March 10, 1951

to Fred and Arliene (Nel-

son) Cilz. Debi grew up

on a farm north west of

Rugby. She graduated

from Willow City High

School in 1969, where she

was involved in the music

program. In 1970, she

earned a certificate in

General Clerical curricu-

lum at North Dakota State

School of Science. She

also attended Seattle

University and Washing-

ton University Seattle.

She married Dan Ziegler

and they lived in Wash-

ington where she worked

as an administrative assis-

tant at the Kent School

District. She moved back

to North Dakota in 2004 to

care for her parents .

Debi enjoyed music of all

kinds, going fishing, cook-

ing, sewing and will be

remembered by the Rugby

community as a friendly

and well dressed part of

Rugby. She had been a

member of St. Paul Luth-

eran Church in Willow

City until it closed.

She is survived by her

daughter, DaNae Ziegler,

Tacoma, Washington and

her son, Derrick and his

wife Amber Ziegler, Au-

burn, Washington. She

also leaves two grandchil-

dren, Braylen Wallace,

aged 14, and Micah

Ziegler, aged 6. She also

leaves several nieces and


She was preceded in

death by her brother,

Douglas in 2003, her fa-

ther in 2005, and her

mother in 2014 and her

former husband in 2007.

A celebration of Debi’s

life will be held this sum-

mer in Washington for

family and friends and

consideration is being

give to have a remem-

brance ceremony in

North Dakota in the Wil-

low City area later in the

summer or fall.

Niewoehner Funeral

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