Robert H. Ziemer, 96, Green Bay, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at his home. He was born on Dec. 29, 1915, to Gustav R. and Rose (Nuske-Schultz) Ziemer in Gresham, Wis. During WWII, Robert served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps. On Sept. 14, 1944, he married Constance (Concetta) Piraino in Chicago and moved to Shawano where they started their family. They later moved to Green Bay and in the early 1950s, they had a brief stay in Beaumont, Texas. Shortly after, they came back to Green Bay to stay. Robert had been employed as an orderly at St. Vincent’s, St. Mary’s, and Bellin Hospital. Later, he worked as a store manager for West Mason Super Value. Afterward Bob worked as a dispatcher at Seymour Transfer, working until he was 80.
Bob was an avid gardener. He was a member of the Orchid Club and African Violet Society. He also enjoyed genealogy and raising exotic birds and was a pioneer in organic gardening. He was also a loyal Packer fan.
Bob is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Bonnie Ziemer, Green Bay; and Carol Ziemer-Smith and her husband, Mark Smith, Oshkosh; nieces and nephews, Arvin (Judy) Schultz, Nancy (Tom) Simonich, and Terry (Beverly) Schultz.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Constance (Concetta); a son, Brian Todd Ziemer; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Esther (Rocky) Lombardo, Edna Ziemer, and Gertrude Schultz; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Frank (Agnes) Schultz, and Edward Schultz.
Friends may call at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1420 Division St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Reverend Don Everts officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Shawano. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
The Ziemer family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Unity Hospice, especially Laurie Jansen, for their care of Bob during his illness.