Amy L. Ziegler

March 19, 1934 ‒ May 19, 2017

Ashley, Ohio

Amy Louise (Long) Ziegler 83 of Ashley passed away Friday May 19, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born March 19, 1934 in Cardington, Ohio the daughter of the late Murray & Margaret (Morris) Long.

Louise graduated from Scioto Valley High School in 1953. She was a member of the Kilbourne United Methodist Church. Lousie was a Cub Scout leader in Ashley for troop 94 for 4 years. In 1975 she helped create The Ashley Apple Butter Festival for the town’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, it ran till 1997. In 1992 Lousie started The Buckeye Dulcimer Festival at Recreation Unlimited. She started and operated Amy Lou’s in Ashley until its closing.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Robert Ziegler, son Rodney, her parents, brother Harry Long, sisters Avonne and Sister David Marie (Esther).

Left to cherish her memory are daughter Jan (Ruso) Silva Sanchez; grandson David Hall; step grandkids Vanessa and Efren Silva, and Matthew (Heather) Hall; brother Donald (Sandra) Long; sister Doris Martin; sister in-law Joyce Long; many nieces & nephews, great nieces & great nephews, great great niece& nephews.

A celebration of life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday June 10, 2017 at 232 W High St., Ashley, Ohio 43003.

The family will observe private graveside services in Ashley Cemetery at a later date.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Marion for their wonderful support during this time.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Marion 1713 Marion Mount Gilead Road, Marion, Ohio 43302 or Kilbourne United Methodist Church 5591 State Route 521, Kilbourne, Ohio 43032.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Ziegler Family.

  • Louise gave me my first mountain dulcimer. Working at Recreation Unlimited was such a blessing because there is where I was introduced to Louise at the 2005 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival… I would not even know what a dulcimer was if it was not for the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival which Louise was in charge of for so many years…
    Thinking of you- Sandee, Don, and all the rest of your family. So many loving memories of Louise are in my thoughts and I am sure all of yours as well. I will cherish those times spent with such a lovely lady.

  • Amy Louise Zigler was my teacher, friend, and confidant. Her heart was as big as they come, and her love of music was more than contagious. I will miss her hugs, her sweet smile, and her unending joy of life. No matter what she had to deal with, she always kept a positive attitude and had compassion and interest in those she loved. We will be reminded of her beautiful spirit every time we hear the sweet sound of the dulcimer. Thank you for sharing your gift with us all. Until we meet again!

  • Always enjoyed working with Bob and Louise during the Apple butter Festival.
    She often insist I (Helen) fill the jars. Then there was the store…Amy Lou’s.
    Our condolences to all the family.

  • Louise was my neighbor will I was growing up. I watched Bob carry her over the threshold. She taught me how to drive. Neighbor hood kids were at their house a playing outside games. I baby sat for Rodney and Jan. Ashley was blessed to have such a civic minded person. Louise will be greatly missed. Sorry for your loss Jan and brother and sister.

  • Jan, so sorry to hear about the passing of you mom. I’ll never forget helping your parents in the video store, your mom would always bring me dinner if I worked late. I will miss her dearly. May you find comfort in knowing she will be truly missed. May she Rest In Peace.

  • So sorry to hear about Louise . I worked with her and had some good times. We also played euchre with Bob and her in their beautiful home. our prayers and sympathy are with all of the family. May God bless all of you.

  • Weezie was a very special person. I feel privileged to have known her at the Kilbourne United Methodist Church and at the Ashley Library.


  • So shocked to hear of Louis’s passing. She was like the “ENERGIZER BUNNY” she just kept going and going! I hadn’t seen her in probably 8 years but always such a delightful time. Louise gave my MOTHER lessons on the Dulcimer also . Such wonderful memories I will always cherish! ♡

  • Louise will be remembered fondly as a pillar of the community of Ashley. I can’t tell you when I first met Louise, as I am sure I was very young. My memories of her span through my whole life. A few years ago we enjoyed listening to the concert at the Delaware 4th of July concert. She also occasionally attended the Ashley Methodist church and we sat together for the worship service. She will be sadly missed by the whole congregation at Ashley United Methodist Church.

  • Bob and Louise were among the first to welcome me to Ashley. There are not words to fully describe the wonder of their souls. I’ve never met anyone kinder. I can’t tell you the hundreds of times we’d pass each other – and I was always met with a kind word, a smile, maybe an offer of a free movie, or a piece of candy for one of the kids. I enjoyed the few times I got to help make noodles, work at the Apple Butter Festival, etc. The Ashley community was a much better place because of Bob and Louise. As a youngster I thought I knew a lot, but they took the time to share history, experiences, and made a gentle nudge towards calmer wisdom at times. There was plenty of laughs, too – some of which prompted Louise to order me a special pair of left handed scissors. Being right across the street, sometimes I’d misplace mom. I’d walk over and they’d tell me with a big smile that mom was off to this place or that. They watched after us, like friends and neighbors do. They both are truly missed. Peace and blessings to you all.

  • Louise was my classmate and friend. She most certainly made the most of her caring, productive and giving life.

  • Our sincere condolences to the remaining family.
    Louise was one of those lovely, unforgettable people, who when they pass, leave such a big hole in the world. I’m sure she’d feel uncomfortable thinking of herself in those terms. After all, all she did was be kind and caring to everyone she met…sharing her love of the dulcimer, music, family and all her other favorite things. But she was a loving catalyst who changed people’s lives for the better. We’ll miss her smile, her cheerfulness, her kindness and concern, her hugs…..and her simple goodness. A great spirit in a small package.
    Gosh, we’ll miss you, Weezie. And as we all age, we say goodbye to friends more and more. But we know you’re in that Heavenly Jam, playing away with friends and family who have gone before, keeping the music going until it’s our turn to join in…. xox

  • Sorry to hear this I always liked Louise ,her and I worked together in VBS at Kilbourne church she played and taught the kids how to play the dulcimer .She will be missed 🙁 I knew and talked to her husband Bob as well in Video shop in Ashley and at church ,I knew of son Rodney too.