January 24, 1938 ~ January 24, 2022

Born in: Valley Stream, NY
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Carol Ann Ziegler of Hamden, daughter of the late Emil and Edna Frohlich Leiss, was born in Valley Stream, New York. She passed away peacefully at Connecticut Hospice in Branford on January 24, 2022, her 84th birthday. Carol grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey, graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1956 and received a BS degree in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1960. She spent summers as a child in Honesdale, Pennsylvania with her cousins William, Robert, Peter, Gary and Phillip Leiss.
On the second day of college, she introduced herself to Fred Ziegler on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson and the rest, as they say, was history. They enjoyed 65 wonderful years together, 59 in marriage, living in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and finally settling in Connecticut to raise their family.
Carol taught 5th grade for five years in Fort Lee, NJ and Saugus, MA. She worked in the Dean’s Office at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for 19 years and retired when her first grandchild was born.
Over the years, Carol’s commitment to helping others defined her character. She was a member of both the Junior Women’s Club of Hamden and Quota International of New Haven, and she was also a Girl Scout troop leader. She volunteered at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she cuddled babies born with addiction, drove patients for cancer treatment and provided respite care for families of Alzheimer’s patients.
Carol had an artistic eye and loved to dress her best. She was passionate about arts and crafts and enjoyed chair caning, decoupage, embroidery, quilting and especially interior decorating. Some of her most cherished activities were playing mah-jongg with close friends, entertaining at home and being an indulgent grandmother (Mema) to her three grandchildren.
Those who knew Carol were touched by her kindness, humor and generosity. A newcomer to our extended family remarked at our annual July 4th reunion, “a thoughtful, engaging, inclusive Carol warmly welcomed a newcomer…”
Carol is predeceased by her sister, Linda Taylor, and brother-in-law, John Ziegler. She is survived by her beloved husband, Fred; daughters, Eileen Ziegler of North Haven and Meredith (Keith) Phipps of Wallingford; and her adoring grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Christopher Koch and Evan Ziegler. Carol also leaves four nephews, Scott Quayle of Elizabeth, CO, John Ziegler of Westbrook, ME, Daniel Ziegler of Union Hall, VA, and Kenneth Ziegler of New York City; and her sister-in-law Monica Ziegler of Union Hall, VA.
Friends may visit with the family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Friday, January 28th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to Connecticut Food Share by going to www.ctfoodshare.org, or to your local blood bank.

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Visitation: January 28, 2022 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

203-288-0800

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  1. My condolences to Fred and family. It was my pleasure to know Carol through our years together in Quota. She was a loving, warm person. She will be missed.

  2. Meredith,

    While I did not know your mom personally, I got a true sense for the wonderful woman that she was through reading this beautifully written obituary/tribute to the amazing, giving, loving life she lived. I am holding you and your family close in my heart as you mourn the loss of your beloved mom.

    Melissa

  3. Second Day at Fairleigh Dickinson University
    ——
    Carol: Ziegler…? Do you have relatives in Ridgewood?

    Fred: No. Would you like to have a cup of coffee?

    Carol: Yes.
    ——
    And so began our 65 year journey together. Going to miss you dearly!

  4. You will be missed Aunt Carol. You were an amazing Aunt, God mother and woman. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.

  5. Thinking about Mere, Keith, Kk, Christopher, Eileen, Ryan and Mr. Ziegler. Cherish all the wonderful memories and love that you shared and hold her close to your hearts. I know that she was an amazing mom and woman because she is from NJ! Mrs. Ziegler will truly be missed.

  6. Mr Ziegler, Mere, Keith, KK, Chris, Eileen and Evan- sending our deepest condolences!
    She was a kind and beautiful lady! She will live on through all of you! 😘

  7. Carol was such a remarkable woman. I sat down the other day and tried to piece together all the different salons she had followed me to. I always looked forward to seeing her. She would come thru the door always put together. Makeup done. Dressed snazzy. She was the type of woman you would see and say to yourself, “I hope I look like her when I get older.” She cared about how she looked up until the last time I saw her. I will miss her smile.. and her yelling out the door for Fred to come in and pay. My heart is with you all xoxo

  8. I have such fond memories of sleepovers at the Ziegler’s house. Mrs. Z kept the most beautiful home! She would always treat us girls to her David Eyre pancake. To this day I think of her whenever I make one for my family!
    Sending our love to the family,
    Alicia and Russ Dallai

  9. Dear Meredith,
    My condolences to you and your family,I had the pleasure of meeting your mom at your Kindergarten classroom. You were driving everyone crazy because you wanted the room perfect.
    It was a hot late August day and you had no water to drink, but she never complained.
    I ran to my room and offer your parents a bottle of water each.
    May God comfort you all during this sad time.
    Dianne Stewart 🙏🏼❤️

  10. Thank you for so many happy memories we will cherish – your great laugh and smile
    will miss you so much – thanks for being in our lives

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