Beverly J. Ziegenbein
Date of Birth
July 16, 1932
Hartington, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
February 23, 2024
Salina, Kansas
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Monday, March 4, 2024 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Mary Catholic Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

*The funeral will be live streamed on the Marcy Mortuary Facebook page.

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Sunday, March 3, 2024
Visitation ~ 3:00 – 5:00  p.m.
Rosary ~ 5:00 p.m.
St. Mary Catholic Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


Memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church, 1625 Adams St. Ashland,NE  68003 or Eaglecrest Retirement Community, 1501 E. Magnolia Rd., Salina, KS  67401.

Beverly J. (Sullivan) Smith Ziegenbein, age 91, passed away peacefully in her home at Eaglecrest Retirement Community in Salina, KS on Friday, February 23, 2024. She lived in Ashland for 65 years before moving to Salina in 2019.

Beverly was born on a farm near Hartington, NE on July 16, 1932 to Floyd and Clara (Miller) Sullivan. She graduated from Concord High School in 1950 and later that year she married her high school sweetheart, Neal Smith of Laurel. In 1953, Neal accepted a position as Parts Manager at Laune Chevrolet and they moved to Ashland, where they raised their three children. Neal passed away in 1980. In 1983, Beverly married Jim Ziegenbein and became a farmer’s wife.

Bev enjoyed working in the public for most of her life. Her first job while in high school was a candy striper at the hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. After moving to Ashland, she worked at Reece Pharmacy for many years before taking a job at City Hall as the Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer. She retired in 1989 after 14 years and later was elected to the City Council. In recognition for her many contributions to the Ashland community, she was honored to be chosen Stir-up Queen in 2002.

Bev was a “doer”, always busy in her kids’ activities. She was a scout leader, PTA officer, band parent, and ran the concession stand at the baseball field for many years. She loved music and made sure her daughters received piano and voice lessons. She served on the Saunders County Election Board, was involved in the Junior Women’s Club and the St. Mary’s Altar Society where she was in charge of many church dinners and events. Beverly was a member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas and also volunteered with Hospice – a role which she found very rewarding. But most of all, Bev enjoyed cooking, baking and entertaining. German chocolate and red velvet cakes, and pies of all varieties were her specialties.

She was a fun grandma – fishing, roller skating, bike riding, playing cards, riding roller coasters, and baking cookies with the grand kids. She loved it all and there’s nothing she wouldn’t try at least once!

Bev had a huge heart for serving others. Her warmth and kindness were gifts to us all.

Bev is survived by her children Tim (JoAnn) Smith of Scottsdale, AZ; Deb (Bill) Scheef of Salina, KS; and Valerie Sullivan of Gardena, CA. Stepchildren Judith Reid of Lincoln, NE; Jennifer (Rusty) Welch of CO; Keith (Ardith) Ziegenbein of Ashland; and Kevin (Mary) Ziegenbein, of Ashland. Grandchildren Jen (Alan) Carlson; Katie Whelchel; Julie (Cody) Dick; and Andrew (Whitney) Scheef. Step-grandchildren Brian (Shelli) Reid; Aaron (Lori) Reid; Anna Haney; Zak (Jenny) Ziegenbein; Zebadiah (Amanda) Ziegenbein; Amy Lu (Adam) Anderson; Alex (Ashley) Ziegenbein; Austin (MariBeth) Ziegenbein; sister-in-law Myrna Sullivan; 10 great-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-great-grandchildren and 20 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husbands Neal Smith and Jim Ziegenbein; parents Floyd and Clara Sullivan; brothers Norman and Gary Sullivan, daughter-in-law Bonnie Smith; son-in-law John Sullivan; and stepson-in-law Butch Kenney.

Condolences for Beverly J. Ziegenbein
  1. Michael J Vance
    • February 27, 2024 - 2 months ago

    While I’ve been away from Ashland for many years, I remember Bev fondly and am sure her family is grieving now. Always direct and warmly friendly, Bev was a lovely person.
    You have my sincere condolences,
    Michael Vance

  2. Margo Bailey
    • February 28, 2024 - 2 months ago

    Val, Deb, Tim,
    I am so very sorry for your loss of your mom! I know how much you loved her and she was such a fine lady! I pray the Lord lifts you up and eases your pain and sorry. Know that she is only that one breath away.

  3. Vickee Siemers
    • February 29, 2024 - 2 months ago

    Deb, Valerie, and Tim, so sorry for the loss of your Mom. What a beautiful life with children she was so proud of. You and your families are in my prayers.

  4. Alice Woodard Shelby NE
    • March 2, 2024 - 2 months ago

    My sympathy to the whole family of Beverly. She was definitely a lady. I only spent one year with her at Concord High School and we were the only 2 gals in the class and graduated with 8 fellows. We had fun time, especially at our alumni get gatherings. Prayers for your family.

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