Siegfried (Ziggy) Zehe
Siegfried (Ziggy) Zehe, of Friendsville, PA passed away Sunday, October 7, 2012 after a valiant battle with gallbladder cancer. He is survived by Valinda Wells (Donovan) Zehe, his wife and life partner of sixteen years; his three stepchildren and their spouses, Becky (Donovan) and David Shores of Jamestown, KY, Amy (Donovan) and Vincent Lee of Rome, PA, Ryan and Lori (Stanley) Donovan of Dushore, PA; also his pride and joy and the loves of his life, his grandchildren. Although Ziggy and his first wife were unable to have children, when he met Valinda (me), she came with a "ready made" family that included a grandson, Terry Shores. It was love at first sight and the feeling was mutual! It wasn't long before a second grandson came along, then six! As each one came he found something special that made each one his "favorite". Tristan Shores, the first newborn he ever held, blonde haired and blue eyed was instantly dubbed his "little German boy". Nathaniel Donovan, with his shock of wild black hair and black eyes his "little Papoose". Eric Donovan, with his big dimples and mischievous smile, his "little devil". Niles Lee, who was sick and fussy, Poppa Ziggy rocked and sang to him in that deep baritone, "Du, du liegst mir im Herzen" (a German lullaby) until he fell asleep. Nolan Ryan Donovan, our little "baseball player" who is built more like a football player! Darrin Lee, our step-grandson who was also born in Germany, and who he wished he knew better, so he could tell him about their "homeland". And last but certainly not least our only and much anticipated granddaughter, Alora Lee, "Poppa Ziggy's little Angel". He is also survived by a brother-in-law and his wife, Lyle and Virginia Wells and their families of Wyalusing, PA; his niece, America Perez-Clawson, her husband, Tim Clawson and their families of Minocqua, Wisconsin; his beloved pets, his cats, Catahoolie (his constant companion and "most loyal animal ever" who barely left his side, "his guard kitty"), beloved Kasey and little fat Redgy; his dogs, poor old Heidi, and his long haired German Shepherd, Senta; his birds, canaries, cockatiels and parakeets; his "chickie girls and "Foghorn" the rooster; his latest babies that filled his summer with joy, his "goatie kids" (pygmy goats), Moxie and Milo. He was preceded by his parents, grandparents, and his first wife, Russell and Jeannetta Wells, his mother and father-in-law; an infant stepson, Eric Donovan, an infant granddaughter, Jesslyn Rose Aeppli; a brother-in-law, Michael Wells, and a sister-in-law, Nancy Perez. As a young man Ziggy worked as a dishwasher and kitchen helper in several restaurants in New Brunswick. In 1969 while working at Equitable Handbags, he met his first wife, Sonia Prieto. She preceded him on October 8, 1988. In 1972 they purchased a home in Pennsylvania. Ziggy started working at Binghamton Press (Gannett) after moving here and continued to work there full and part-time until he became ill in 2012. We need to remember him at his happiest, a book in his hand, a grandbaby on his lap, Catahoolie and Heidi at his side, a good cup of coffee in reach, and yes some Elvis on the stereo. Goodbye, my love, I will miss you always. Love your wife, Valinda Wells Zehe. I would like to extend a special thank you to Aseracare Hospice, and Suzanne and Betty for extending their care and understanding to my "Stoic old German". To my son, Ryan, for coming to my rescue. To my Amy for calling everyday just to let Poppa Ziggy know he was loved. To Becky and Dave for making our trip to Kentucky so special, he really wanted to come back. To anyone who reached out to us, thank-you. To our grandbabies, all eight of you filled this once lonely man's life in a way you will never know. Because of you he has a legacy!
There will be no services, per Ziggy's wishes. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA.