Zeleta M. (Shaw) Biegler 1916 – 2013
Zeleta Marie (Shaw) Biegler, age 96, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Avista Hospital in Louisville, Colorado.
She was born on September 20, 1916 to Mayme Anastasia (Anderson) Shaw and James Edward “Ed” Shaw in Virgil, S.D.
Her early years were spent in Wessington, S.D., where she graduated from Wessington High School in 1934. She spent two years at Huron College before marrying Malcolm Eckert. After living in Seattle during the war years, they divorced in 1946 and Zeleta returned to Wessington.
She cared for her older brother Ed when he became disabled by multiple sclerosis, and moved to Rapid City, S.D. after his death.
She worked at the Ford dealership as a bookkeeper and married Robert W. “Bob” Biegler in 1955, continuing to work until she became a mother in 1956.
In 1968 Zeleta returned to work as a bookkeeper, finally retiring from Courtesy Lincoln Mercury in Rapid City in 1982. After her husband’s death she moved to Louisville, Colo. in 1999 to be near her daughter’s family.
Zeleta was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John Edward “Ed” Shaw and Harold E. “Tut” Shaw; a granddaughter, Cara; and by her husband, Bob, in 1997.
She is survived by her two daughters, Sharon (Jim) Askew of Louisville, Colo., and Gloria Biegler of New York, N.Y., and by two grandsons, Johnny (Nina) Askew of Seattle, Wash,, and Danny Askew of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Services were held in Louisville. Burial will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D. later in the spring with another gathering to be held at that time in Rapid City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society.