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Anna Zeien

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Anna Zeien age 96 of New Hampton, Iowa died Sunday morning, April 14, 2013, at the Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday April 20, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington with Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Jane Karels will be the organist accompanying the Immaculate Conception Men's Choir in song. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, North Washington with Roger Ries, Lonnie Ries, Jerry Reiss, Ed Reiss, Jim Albrecht and Norman Zeien as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 4 - 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2012, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 4:00 p.m. Rosary. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service, Saturday at the church. 641-394-4334 Anna Marie Zeien was born June 16, 1916, the daughter of Frank and Rosa (Dumelle) Reiss. She attended country schools in Chickasaw County, followed by St. Mary’s School in New Hampton where she completed eighth grade. She then held several jobs as an “in-home helper” for various families in the area. She married George T. Zeien, Jr., on May 22, 1946, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Washington, and to this union two daughters were born. The couple lived and farmed near North Washington. Anna was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Rosary Society. She enjoyed outdoor activities, particularly gardening (both vegetables and flowers). She was involved in several farmers markets in the area over the years and most recently was the manager of the New Hampton Farmers Market until her entry into the nursing home forced her “retirement” at the end of the 2009 season. Anna loved the changing seasons and holidays and always made sure appropriate decorations were in place. Although her grandchildren lived several states away, Anna enjoyed watching them grow up via videotapes, audiotapes, photos, and phone calls. She was very proud of their accomplishments and the fine young adults they have become. Anna is survived by two daughters, Linda Schmickle of New Hampton and Phyllis (Tony) Kombol of Kannapolis, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Thomas Kombol and Katherine Kombol of North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Rosella Reiss of Alta Vista; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; five brothers, Tony Reiss, John Reiss, Paul Reiss and Joseph Reiss and Frank Reiss Jr. in infancy.

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  1. The family of Anna Zeien: We would like to express our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. We first had the opportunity to meet with Anna several years ago when I was doing genealogical research on the family. We were always impressed with how friendly and helpful she was. Such a wonderfully nice lady. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. – Dick and Judy Jessen

  2. To Linda and family. I am sorry for your loss. I know how you and Anna enjoyed doing things together. Anna is tending a bigger garden now. Remember the good memories and the wonderful times. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jay and Jean Greentree

  3. to Anna’s family….We here at Farm Service Agency (old ASCs/FSA) have worked with Anna for many years. I have always enjoyed her spunk and love of the land and it was a sure thing that she was a hard worker. Enjoy your memories…she was one of a kind……

  4. My heartfelt sympathy to Linda and Phyl. Thank you for letting me send get well cards to your Mom. They brightened my day as well as your Moms!!! I’m here for you always. Jayne

  5. Anna Zeien was a very nice person. She alway made friends feel welcome. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jean Gillpatrick

  6. To honor your mother. I enjoyed visiting with her at the farmer’s market; she always had some unique items for sale. Linda, know that your friends are here for you. Your mother will always be guiding you from above.


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