Thomas Walter Zieler

Published 1:44 pm Thursday, April 15, 2021

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COLUMBUS– Thomas Walter Zieler, age 80, died Friday April 9,2021 at Mission Memorial Hospital. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Tom and his family settled in Polk County in 1978. A landscape artist by trade and passion, he loved the natural beauty of the South. Tom’s profession brought him incredible joy and he often would say that “playing in the dirt and watching things grow makes me feel close to God.” 


A devoted family man, Tom married his longtime sweetheart 58 years ago. Tom and Janice relied upon each other in the good times and bad.  Their bond helped them survive the devastating loss of the son, Tom in 2011. 

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Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Cecelia Zieler, brother-in laws Franck Pconka and Bob Wiora and his beloved son, Thomas Edward Zieler.


He is survived by his loving wife, Janice, sister, Viven Pconka, sister in law Gerri Wiora, daughter Susan Zieler Duffy, daughter in law Jenny Zieler, grandchildren Julianna Robinson (Robby),Tom Zieler (Becky), Andrew Youngerman, great  children River and Olivia Zieler and Mary Jane Robinson and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.


A memorial service will be held 3:00pm, Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Petty Funeral Home Chapel.


Condolences may be left at


Petty Funeral Home & Crematory

Landrum, SC