Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ziemkiewicz, Ernest A.

Ernest A. Ziemkiewicz, 69, of Lambertville, MI, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 10, 2008. He was born December 11, 1938, in Toledo, to Anthony and Mary Ziemkiewicz. Ernie was a retired printer for the Toledo Blade where he worked for 36 years in the composing room. A respected musician/ percussionist, Ernie played drums with such groups as the PNA Band, the 555th Air National Guard Band, and many local polka, jazz and big bands as well as the Toledo Symphony. He taught Applied Music at the University of Toledo and was well respected as a teacher as well as a musician. He was a member of the Sylvania Moose Lodge and the Masons. Ernie enjoyed golfing and fishing with family and friends and was known for his humor and friendly way. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Mary Ziemkiewicz. Ernie is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Shirley Ziemkiewicz; his children, Pam (Tom) Rumpf, Ernie Jr. (Carla), Denise (Mark) Lykowski, and Marie (Chuck) Nichols; grandchildren Liz and T.J. Rumpf, Rachel and Lindsay Lykowski, Adam and Haley Nichols. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Norma (Roman) Zawodni; aunt, Lottie Schmidbauer; cousin, Dorothy Mioduszewski; niece, Bonnie (Eric) Johanssen; nephews, Ken Zawodni and Rick (Denise) Zawodni; as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to visit from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, in the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 Sylvania Avenue, (between Douglas and Secor Roads), where Collingwood Lodge will conduct Masonic Services at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, from the funeral home. Interment will be in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Polish American Concert Band. Online condolences may be made at

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