A Mass of Christian Burial for Aimee Elizabeth Ziegler, 40, Lawrence will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence. She died on April 2, 2012.
She was born on November 11, 1971 in St. Louis, MO the daughter of David Robert and Kathleen Mary (Cullen) Ziegler.
Aimee graduated with a Bachelors from the University of Missouri, Columbia and later graduated from the University of Kansas with her Masters in Social Work. Aimee helped start the WRAP program through a partnership between Bert Nash and the Lawrence School District. She was originally placed as a WRAP Social Worker at Free State High School. For the past three years she served as a guidance counselor at Free State High School. She also coached Soccer and Basketball. She was a volunteer youth sports coach for Kaw Valley soccer. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was a volunteer at the Rummage House.
She married Aaron Allen Polson on June 16, 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include her parents, St. Louis, MO; three sons, Owen Polson, Max Polson, Elliot Polson; brother, David Ziegler, St. Louis, MO; sister, Sara May, St. Louis, MO; grandmother, Eleanor Ziegler, St. Louis, MO.
A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary followed by a visitation until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Aimee Ziegler Children’s Education Fund, Aimee Ziegler Scholarship Fund through Free State High School, or Headquarters Counseling Center, and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
To all of Amy’s family and especially to Aaron, Owen, Max and Elliot, how can we ever begin to express our condolences to you. Amy was always such a joy to talk with and we will miss her dearly. May you find strength in the love and protection of your family.
I’m so sorry to hear this. Aimee did so much for so many people. Any time I sought her help at Free State she was ready to do whatever needed to be done.
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss. Aimee was such a wonderful person, inside and out. May her contagious smile and loving personality live on through her three beautiful sons. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear of your loss. If we can help in any way please let us know.
We were so sorry to hear this tragic news. Please know your whole family is in our prayers.
Words cannot express our shock and heartbreak for your family. Aimee was a beautiful person inside and out. May you come to find strength and rest in the Lord. Love you all.
Aimee was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I had the honor and priviledge of being her friend 20 years ago. I pray the boys will know what a wonderful gift their mother was.
our heart breaks for your loss and suffering.we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers daily.
May the Lord comfort her and her family
Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.
There are no words to express our true sadness. I know the pain in your heart is also inexpressible. We pray that you will ALL feel our loving Lord’s embrace and compassion during these days and the months ahead. Our hearts hurt for all of you. You are in our constant prayers.
To Aimee’s Family:
Our deepest condolences. I cried when the prinicipal sent our his message. Aimee helped my daughter and walked her through entrance into FreeState and this year, she helped her to get a full scholarship to KU. She helped with accomodations, and gave direction for my daughter’s future. I have such gratitude for her, and her work. She would always take time, even while talking to us, to share her love for her family.
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.
My deepest condolences to the Ziegler family. My grief has been rehashed all over again with previous deaths. Ms. Ziegler you have helped me so much through my early high school days and I can only thank you for sticking with me and helping me. You helped tremendously with other students and you have a gift. You loved to help people, which is a gift always to be cherished.
May your sons get through this rough time and may they always remember their mother and keep her in their hearts forever. May they always be strong and have faith in themselves.
I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of Aimee. We were childhood friends in the mid 70’s…but as most childhood friends do, we parted ways when we moved out of the neighborhood. Reading all of Aimee’s accomplishments here lets me know she took advantage of her gift of life and helped as many people as she can. She spread the seeds of love. May the entire family find peace and be comforted during this very trying time.
My heart was breaking when I heard the news about Aimee. There are no magic words,just my thoughts and prayers for the famly. My daughter, Heather played sports with Aimee in grade school and were friends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Our hearts are saddened to hear of such a great loss. Ms. Aimee will be greatly missed. She was a that special star among many at Free State High School. May God continue to heal all who knew and loved her.
I can’t express my sympathy for your family enough. I had the privilege of knowing Aimee from MU, as a good friend. You’re in my prayers.
We share sorrow at the loss of Aimee. She was important to all of us, and I love her. I wish many things for her family, but most of all I will pray for Peace for each person who was touched by her life, and especially for Aaron, Owen, Max, and Elliot.
So Sorry to here this about Amy. Dave my Prayers and Thoughts are with you and your family
My memories of Aimee and Sara were babysitting them when they were young; living in St. Louis. I had the pleasure of connecting with Aimee on Facebook about a year ago. I was so happy to make that contact and seeing how her life turned out. She was truly a beautiful person who had so much to offer. I am so saddened by this tragedy. My prayers go out to the entire Ziegler/Polson Family. God Bless you all.
My heart is with Aimee’s children and family. She has a tremendous spirit and will always be with you.
Our prayers and sympathy to the Ziegler/Polson families and friends. May God see you all thru this time of sorrow.
I’m truly sorry for you loss, Aimee was a wonderful woman and will truly be missed by many. She was kind and thoughtful and understanding to all who attended Free State from 1999-2012 and offered help all the time. You could always see her smiling through the hall ways and we loved to see that smile. My thoughts and prayers and with you in this troubling time.
The news of Coach Ziegler’s death hurt. She was an amazing person. I was lucky to have her coach me in both basketball and soccer throughout high school. She was always patient, kind, and had a positive attitude about everything. I feel fortunate to have someone like her help me through my high school years. She not only taught me about sports, but she taught me how to be a good person, as well. She is greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Amy’s husband, sons, and especially Dave and Kathy. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this most holy season.
My deepest sympathy to Aimee’s family. I used to work with her in the WRAP program and she always found a way to infuse joy and laughter in to our work. I know she will be deeply missed in our community. I trust she is at peace and looking over her boys even now. Take joy where its found.
Please accept our deepest sympathy. May God comfort
you and all your loved ones.
Bill & Shelia, Aimee was a wonderful niece to you.
Kathleen, Dave, Sara, and family – I’m so very sorry to learn of your loss and to know that Aimee suffered so. My heart goes out to you. I pray that God gives strength. May our merciful and loving Lord comfort you with His promises of peace for Aimee, her husband and boys, and you. God bless you. Peggy
Deepest condolences to the Aimee’s family. I have many wonderful memories of playing with Aimee as a child. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Her life’s work seems to have positively impacted so many people. May you all find peace in this time of tragedy.
Kathleen and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Aimee sounds like she was a beautiful person. You all are in my prayers.
What a shocker! My heart and prayers go out to you all. Be assured of my prayers for Aimee and all who mourn her passing. May your faith in God and memories of good times shared be a source of strength and comfort to you all now and always. Lean on God a lot! We never get over the loss of a loved one but in time learn to cope better.
My heart is with everybody who knew her.
Aimee was my RA when I was an undergrad living in Douthart Scholarship Hall. A kinder, more giving person would be hard to find. I was delighted to reconnect with her this past year as our kids were in the same third grade class. I send my deepest condolences to the family, and pray for you all daily.
My beautiful, beautiful friend. I will miss you. Aaron my heart breaks for you and the boys. I am thankful for the community, friends, and family that surrounds you, because you and your children will always know love. I pray that you and your entire family find peace. My love will always be with you.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Ziegler/Polson families.
Sincere condolences to all who were touched by the life of such an amazing woman. Aimee will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to the family and close friends.
Your family is in my prayers. I knew Aimee through Douthart Hall and Mrs. (Juanita) Strait and have enjoyed being acquainted these years. We had such a good time at the baby shower Saturday together. I know you will miss her.
What a terrible shock. Aimee was a beautiful spirit. She touched many lives and I am glad to have known her. Prayers for peace and comfort to her family.
Deepest sympathy from some distant Irish cousins
Words cannot express how saddened I am to lose you, Aimee. I often think back about our time working together in Lawrence, and I remember your kindness, compassion, humor, and most of all your smile. You will be truly missed. My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time.
I will always remember Aimee’s zest for life and how she made all the young women at Douthart Scholarship Hall belong in our “home away from home!” This is just heart wrenching. My thoughts are with Aimee’s family and friends.
I’m so very sorry. I pray that your soul rests in peace. I pray your family finds peace and feels your spirit each day. My nephew was recently killed in a car accident, I hope you meet him in heaven (try the baseball fields there) and share a moment and feel your families’ love. I pray your sons feel your love every moment and that your parents can find a moment of peace in the huge sorrow of losing a child.
Aaron, We’re so sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons.
Linda and Bob Gilmore
Deepest Condolences to the Ziegler family. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you all during these trying times.May Gods love and peace be with you all.~Tom, Michelle, Chelsea, Ashlyn, and Brenna DiBello
My prayers are with your family! I had many great memories growing up with Amy. My condolences to everyone for the loss of such a wonderful person.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ziegler/Polson Families. May God look over you at this most difficult time.
My deepest coldonces on your loss. Aimee and I were classmates at Nerinx. Please be assured of my prayers for your strength at your time of loss. may you be comforted by the hope of the risen Christ as we celebrate Easter this weekend. God bless eash of you.
Aimee just remember the good ole’ days when we won the south county champs in cyc soccer! I will never forget you or the presence you had in my life when we were young, God loves you and my prayers are with you and your family right now. Love Chrisy
I am so sad to hear of your loss Aaron. You and your sons are in my prayers.
I was blessed to have known Aimee even for a short time. She was a lovely person and I am so very sad for her family. Hugs and Prayers to all of you. She will be so missed.
Aaron, Owen, Max, & Elliot, there are no words to express the saddness that has come into your lives. Please know that all of us who have loved you and Aimee for so long will always be here for you. My love and prayers.
We are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you and your boys in this time of pain.
Rest in peace sweet Aimee
Love your big brother
~ David ~
We are so sorry for your loss. Aimee was a lovely and wonderful person and we both felt lucky to know her and work with her. She was so great at what she did!!
My condolences to all of you. May God bless you all with memories.
Even though I briefly knew Aimee through friends at KU, my prayers and heart go out to her family. May God bless you and peace be in your hearts. Godspeed.
Aimee was a bright light in the lives of so many young people. She lives on in the hearts of those who knew her and were graced with her smile, twinkling eyes and laughter. May God bring strength to all who loved her and miss her.
We met Amy and Aaron through Owen and our daughter Addison. At three, Addison was sure she was going to marry Owen some day. Amy and I joked that we would tell any boyfriend/girlfriends we didn’t like when they got older that the two of them were in an arranged marriage. I will miss Aimee’s spirit and enthusiasm and the accidental meetings where we always caught up with each other’s lives. My heart and prayers go out to Aaron and Owen an Max and Elliot. I do hope that someday you’ll look down from Heaven and see Owen and Addison walking down the aisle! From Wicked, “Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better. Because I knew you, Aimee, I have been changed for good.” Thank you for your presence in our lives.
I am a colleague of Mrs. Ziegler in the St. Louis Public Schools. Although I never met Aimee,I know she’s a beautiful person same as her mother. Please accept my deepest sympathy. My God continue to bless you and your family.
We are so saddened by the loss of Aimee. Our prayers for Dave and Kathy are that God lifts them up and comforts them through this difficult time.
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, niece, and friend. I am a good friend to Mary and Tom Grant, and know Aimee’s parents, David and Kathy, and grandma Eleanor. May the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Savior help us to believe we will one day see our loved ones again.
I met Aimee on the soccer field while our children were playing. She was such a friendly person who loved her family, kids and soccer. She will be missed.
I feel such unutterable sadness for you and the boys. At all of the speech meets you have been such a bright light in the tab room–may you find a way not to lose that light although you have lost your love. We grieve with you. Know that the forensics community offers you support.
My deepest condolence to the Ziegler family on the passing from this live to enternal life in heaven with our lord.Aimee is now at total peace with our Lord and now is experiencing His Joy.My prayers and the community of Mary Mother of the Church be with the families.Deacon Dick Coffman
I had the privilege of working with Aimee at Free State. What a beautiful person she was and will always be. Her smile, fabulous sense of humor, and laid back persona will forever remain in the halls at Free State. Prayers, comfort, and love to her family.
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. My oldest daughter is a student and Free State and knew Aimee from school. But we also knew and worked with Aimee when she coached my son’s soccer. I pray that the family will have the strength to make it through this and see God’s hand with them every step of the way.
There are simply no words to express our sorrow for the pain you must be feeling. We join our hearts with you at this sorrowful time. You will all be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers, now and in the days, weeks and months ahead.
I was a high school friend of Aimee and am shocked and so incredibly sorry for her loss. The world was a brighter place with Aimee in it, she will be missed. Prayers to you and your sweet little boys.
We are so sorry to hear about Aimee. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kathy, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. I can only imagine your grief. I will keep you in my prayers.
To all of Aimee’s family, Aimee and I worked together years ago as volunteer mediators with families and it seems so difficult to believe she is gone but I do realize that in the greater power of love and her spirit will continue through the works of her family and friends. Accept my condolences and thanksgiving. Linda
No words can express our feelings. Our prayers go out to you and your family.
We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Polson family especially to Aaron and his children. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in this very difficult time,know that God is with you and take comfort knowing that your Aimee is wrapped in his arms and is at peace watching over all of you always. May God’s Blessings be with you. John Sarah Alaura & Katy Short.
Aimee would always come into the clinic, with her sinus medication, and hang her head over the edge of my cot. She called it her Bat Woman routine. I’ll miss her. My deepest sympathy to all of her fammily.
Aaron, My sympathy to your family. You and Aimee bought my house. I’ll remember her fondly. Linda Tuttle, Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
So sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll keep you all in my thoughts.
My dear Joy: I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of your loss. All of us at CCMC who knew you send you our thoughts and prayers. I know from reading the other condolences that Amy was very special and I know you and your family will miss her deeply.
I worked with Aimee at Douthart. She was my first boss and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. She had such respect for everyone and always pushed me to see the other side of things. My heart aches for Aaron and the boys and her parents. I pray you somehow find peace in the weeks and years to come.
Aimee was one of the first people at Free State to extend empathy and kindness to a new teacher and a new parent. She is in my heart and your family is in my prayers. May your memories be a comfort during this time of loss.
Mrs. Ziegler was my counselor at Free State. She was very helpful and very nice. I was very sad to hear about her death and I am so very sorry for her whole family.
In thirteen years as a colleague of Aimee’s at Free State, I never left with anything but a smile on my face after having a conversation with her. She did more to be of assistance to those around her than any person I’ve known in all my years as an educator. She will sorely missed by so many at Free State and in the community.
Mrs. Ziegler was a wonderful person. She helped me so much through my years at Free State and i feel so lucky to have had met her and have her help me plan my future. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Ms. Ziegler was one of my favorite mentors in high school. I remember the times she would give me advice when I was on the Cultural Heritage Panel. I remember the times she would ask me stay after my practices so that I could help the girls basketball team scrimmage. And I will always remember how she has helped me and has made a lasting impact on my life. I wish I could thank her again for making my years at Lawrence Free State High School great. She will be missed.
LFSHS Class of 2004
Amiee was a friend,a coach,a mentor,and my favorite person in the world to talk to. Ill miss her deeply,condolences to Mr.Z and their 3 beatiful little boys. May she Rest In Peace.
Being the assistant sophomore girls bball coach was truly a great experience because I got to work with Aimee. She showed me a whole new outlook on life and taught me about compassion, tolerance and understanding! Also, thanks to her I know about soda, bottled water, comfortable shoes and seats with backs! 🙂 Aaron, my heart is breaking for you and your boys!
With the news of Aimee’s death came a barrage of memories. Every memory included laughter and her voice which was so unique. I missed her presence with my change in location and would think of her when I sang the Happy birthday song, look at my stained glass location, my earring making supplies, and the plastic skeletons. She always made me feel that laughing at ourselves was the greatest thing on earth. I loved her laught and her sparkling eyes. If I miss her this much, I can not imagine the depth of loss you, the family , feel. I am so very sorry for your loss. And I am sorry for the loss the world is enduring with her death. I have faith that your faith will help you through this. Keep a “frog” to remind you to Forever Rely On God. My love to you all.
On this Holy Thursday we picture Aimee at the Lord’s Table. We pray for all who loved her so greatly: her light continues to shine in the hearts of all who were touched by her goodness and grace.
Coach Ziegler was one of those people you meet and walk away thinking to yourself, “She’s one of the good ones”. Thank you for the memories, the support, the compassion and the laughs throughout those difficult high school years that everyone struggles with. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
My deepest sympathy to the Zeigler and Polson families. I was fortunate to have met Aimee and know what an amazing mother and person she was from all I have heard about her from her loving family.
I am so sorry for the loss of Aimee, my childhood teammate and friend. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Please know that our prayers are with the Ziegler and Polson families. Words are not enough to express our sympathy, just as words are not enough to express your grief. We pray that God’s loving arms hold you close to Him.
Mrs. Ziegler helped me so much in my 3 years at Free State High School. I still remember sitting in her office in September as she helped me fill out all of my college applications with just as much excitement as I had filling them out myself. I would always see her in the hall and she would always say hi to me, by name. She has and will continue to be missed around Free State. May she rest in peace.
Aimee, We miss you.
Aaron, I was saddened to hear of your loss and no words can express the depth of sorrow I have and know you must feel. Know from the depth of my heart, that you and your family are loved- that you are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Still thinking of you Ziegler! You are oh so loved. I’m keeping your boys and husband in my prayers. The 11th of every month is marked on my calendar as a reminder of your life. You lived well! Your delayed, huge laugh will always be remembered and cherished. It will never escape my memory of you. Thank you for being the best of friends, truly. I’m sorry I didn’t know about your struggles. I couldn’t have solved your problems but I could have prayed for you. There’s something about prayer that actually takes the weight off one’s shoulders. I thank God that you are in my life. What fun we had together for a time. May God bless you FOREVER!