Donald D. “Don” Ziska
June 4, 1939 – February 8, 2022
Preceded in death by parents; grandchild, Derek Michael Busch; brother, Gene Ziska; sister, Marilyn Breiner. Survived by wife, Teresa Ziska; children: David Ziska (Lori), Scott Ziska, Mary Busch, Laura Symons (Geoff); ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Dennis Ziska (Susan).
VISITATION: Friday, February 11th from 5pm to 7pm, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, February 12th at 10am at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 “S” Street. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery Saturday, February 12th at 1:30pm. Memorials are suggested to Conception Seminary and St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church.
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Donald “Don” Ziska is survived by wife, Teresa; children: David Ziska (Lori), Scott Ziska, Mary Busch and Laura Symons (Geoff); ten grand-children; two great-grandchildren; brother, Dennis Ziska (Susan); brother-in-law, Russ Breiner; numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Agnes Ziska; brother, Gene Ziska; sister, Marilyn Breiner (Russ); grandson, Derek Michael Busch.
Don was born in Stuart, Nebraska on June 4, 1939. He spent his early years on the family farm near Stuart and Atkinson, Nebraska. Don attended grade school at a country school and went to St. Joseph High School in Atkinson for two years before transferring to a seminary in Carthage, Missouri to complete high school. He then attended Conception Seminary where he received his degree in Philosophy. After graduation, Don moved to Omaha, Nebraska and worked at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital before joining the VA Health Care System. Don enjoyed working with veterans for 35 years. He moved throughout the country working in nine different cities in several roles including recreation therapist, human resources specialist and management analyst before he retired as a VA Director in Knoxville, Iowa in 1999. While working for the VA in Pittsburgh he took time out to complete his Master’s Degree in Hospital Management.
Don’s family was the joy of his life. He enjoyed family get-togethers most of all. Photography was a hobby that he pursued with a passion right up until his final days. Don enjoyed travelling and made several trips overseas where he was always able to indulge his passion for photography.
He never met a stranger. His love of people and travel gave him fodder to enhance his talent for telling stories which were always interesting and usually amusing. Don was a kind and gentle man who encouraged pursuits of family and friends ever celebrating accomplishments be they big or small. His kind support was an inspiration to many.
Don passed away peacefully at home on February 8, 2022.