Former La Crosse mayor Zielke passes away at age 85

Former Mayor Zielke Passes Away

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse's longest-serving mayor has passed away.

Former mayor Pat Zielke died Wednesday at the age of 85.

Zielke was first elected mayor in 1975 and served in City Hall for 22 years before retiring in 1997.

In 2014, he was one of four former mayors to unveil a display of every mayor in the city's history, alongside current Mayor Tim Kabat.

"I never think of myself as history, but I guess it's something you should be proud of," Zielke said at that event.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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