AJ Zingsheim of Sheboygan died Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Sheboygan Senior Community with his family by his side. He was 89 years old.
Arthur John Zingsheim was born in Manitowoc on January 19, 1922, the son of Arthur and Ellen Zingsheim. He married Marilouise Pauly of Manitowoc in 1946. She preceded him in death in 2008.
AJ graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc in 1939 and received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Marquette University. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy, graduated from Midshipmen’s School in New York and was commissioned to the USS Hemminger. He spent three and a half years in the Pacific during World War II and also served during the Korean War. He was sent to Sheboygan aboard the USS Ely, achieving the rank of Commander. He remained in the Navy Reserves and trained sailors at the Naval Reserve Center, retiring after 37 years. His Naval service was his proudest accomplishment.
In 1953, he founded Northland Plastics in Sheboygan. He retired in 1981.
For many years, AJ and Marilouise spent winters in Carefree, Arizona. Carefree became a second home for them, they are missed by many friends there.
AJ was a member of St. Clement Parish and the Knights of Columbus. He served on Marquette University’s President’s Council, on the Board of Directors of the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce, on the Security Financial Services Board, the Southwest State Bank Board of Directors, and the United Way. AJ was a member of the Sheboygan Yacht Club, Pine Hills Country Club, Desert Forest and Desert Mountain Country Clubs in Carefree.
AJ is survived by four children, Marijo (John) Van Der Vaart, Nan (Clarke) Ross, John (Mary) Zingsheim, and Kurt (Sue) Zingsheim; 17 grandchildren, Anne (David) Murphy, Johnathan (Mandi) Van Der Vaart, Tim, and Carolyn Van Der Vaart, Erik Ross, Meg (Jeff) Coleman, Ann Ross, Beth (Jason) Crye, Michael, Jake and John Ross, Maria (Adam) Rivera, AJ and Jacqueline Zingsheim, Matthew, Murphy and Maura Zingsheim. He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, his sister, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A Memorial Mass for A.J. will be celebrated on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church (522 New York Avenue, Sheboygan) with the Rev. James Connell officiating. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Captain Berry P. Fleming Scholarship, a scholarship fund for the Navy ROTC at Marquette University (P.O. Box 1881 Milwaukee, WI 53210-1881), or to the charity of your choice.
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Zimmer’s Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center is assisting the family.
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