Wrightstown's oldest citizen, former Ariens employee, passes

Posted at 11 a.m. on September 24, 2021

Ervin Zittlow, a lifelong member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Wrightstown, passed away at age 101 on Thursday, September 23. He was resident at an assisted living facility in Wrightstown. He farmed near Wrightstown, and then later in life, worked for the Ariens Company in Brillion.

The BRILLION NEWS profiled Ervin Zittlow in a front page story on September 3, 2020. We are offering that story again, here, because of the many lessons Mr. Zittlow offered about life.

Ervin Zittlow is ready for his 100th birthday

Wrightstown’s oldest resident watched Ariens grow

By Ed Byrne

The Brillion News

WRIGHTSTOWN – Married guys who live to be 100 years old say the secret to longevity is being married. But Ervin Zittlow, who turns 100 on Sunday, September 6, has proven that theory wrong.

He is Wrightstown’s most senior citizen.

The lifelong bachelor has led a good and holy life, as a lifelong member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Wrightstown. His life has been marked by hard work, first as a farmer, and then as an employee of the Ariens Company.

Ervin Zittlow was the third and youngest son of Albert and Bertha Zittlow. His older brothers were Melvin and Harvey. With three boys, there were a lot of hand-me-down clothes.

“I was the youngest,” he said. “We wore hand-me-downs in the 1930s, I can tell you that.”

[Zittlow just before his 100th birthday/BN]

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