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Bernetta "Toddy" Zeien

Bernetta "Toddy" Zeien age 82 of New Hampton, IA, formerly of Ionia, IA, died Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will be at the St. Boniface Cemetery, Ionia, with Tudy Kaune, Willie & Lester Glaser, Rosie & Allan Busta, Monica & John Davis, Ken & Jackie Zeien serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Dustin & Tabitha Davis, Estelle & Layne Davis. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton where there will be a 6:30 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday. Bernetta Marie “Toddy” Zeien was born April 30, 1936, in Charles City, IA, the only daughter and youngest child of Edward and Katherine (Rennier) Holzer. She received her education at Immaculate Conception Schools in Charles City, graduating in 1954. Bernetta achieved first place in a state-wide typing contest and was in a singing trio competing in the All State Choir during high school. Bernetta also took some courses at NIACC in Mason City. On a blind date, she was introduced to her future husband, Vincent Zeien. He proposed to her while on furlough from the Army and the couple was married on September 24, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. To this union six children were born; Tudy, Willi, Rose, Michael, Monica, and Ken. The couple initially lived south of Charles City until moving to a farm near North Washington and to their Ionia home in 1990. She also worked many years at First Security Bank & Trust in Ionia, later becoming the office manager. She retired from the bank in 2001. Toddy enjoyed making cakes for many graduations, birthdays and other special occasions over the years. She loved St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia where she had taught religious education for many years and also helped with the rosary society. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Vincent; five children, Tudy Kaune of Rochester, MN, Willi (Lester) Glaser of New Hampton, Rose (Allan) Busta of Rochester, MN, Monica (John) Davis of Byron, MN, Ken (Jackie) Zeien of Waverly, IA; twelve grandchildren, Amanda, Sylvia and Hannah Glaser, Lydia (Berto) Uribe, Olivia & Emma Glaser, Ann (George) Wilcox, Paul Busta, Dustin (Tabitha) Davis, Brandon, Bryce and Brady Zeien; seven great-grandchildren, Amelia, Henry, Gabriella and Matthias Uribe, Wayne Wilcox, Estelle and Layne Davis; sisters-in-law, Lucille Zeien, Agnes Brincks, both of New Hampton, Cec Holzer of Charles City, Lillian Holzer of Kenosha, WI; brother-in-law, Francis (Rita) Zeien of New Hampton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her nine-day-old son, Michael E. Zeien; son-in-law, Steve Kaune in 1999; brothers, Cletus Holzer, Gilbert (Dorothy/Harriet) Holzer, Eugene (Rena) Holzer, Kenneth Holzer, Melbert “Swede” (Shirley) Holzer, Francis Holzer; brothers-in-law, Louis Zeien, Guido Brincks; sister-in-law, Romana (Joe) Ryant.

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  1. May the memories of your loved one console you in the next days. All our thoughts and prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

  2. Ken Jackie & family,
    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Roger & Lynette Vohsman

  3. Our deepest sympathy to Toddy’s Family. Toddy was one of our volunteer bakers
    and a loyal player. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless.

  4. Willi, and all,
    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother ,may you and your family keep your memories of her close and know she is at peace in heaven.
    Ken & Jeanine Douglas

  5. To family and friends of Bernetta Zeien,

    We extend our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please be assured of Jehovah God’s enduring love for you, his concern for your well-being, and his willingness to help you endure this difficult time. (1 Peter 5:7) We pray that God’s promise at Revelation 21:4 will provide you comfort in the days to come. For further comforting thoughts, please visit https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-no3-2016-may/when-a-loved-one-dies/.

    Our sincerest sympathies,
    The Guillory Family
    Covington, LA

  6. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to Toddy’s family. Vince and Toddy were wonderful friends & neighbors to my Mom and Dad in Ionia and they all enjoyed getting together and playing cards. I always enjoyed talking to Toddy if I saw her in Ionia when visiting my folks. My deepest sympathy to Vince & the rest of the family.
    Sharon (Blocker) Gordon

  7. We would like to express our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.
    Isaiah 25:8

  8. Toddy and her family welcomed me to the Charles City area when I started working with her at First Security Bank in 1980 . I was a young man at the time, that just moved to the area from Colorado, and Toddy and her family became like part of my extended family. Toddy’s family and my family had many enjoyable times together and so many laughs . . . and also the concerns and sorrow we could share, as good friends do. We shared dinners, going to fish fries, playing cards, singing songs, and many stories. I will always wear a smile when thinking of Toddy as she has a special place in my heart. Our heartfelt sympathies go to Vince and her family. May your memories provide you some comfort during this time and afterwards.

    Randy and Vicky Burrack

  9. Dear Family,
    My sincere condolences to Vince, children and grandchildren on the loss of Toddy. I remember her as being a very friendly cousin, interested in us growing up – a very caring person.
    Blessings to you all during this sad time.
    Jane (Jenn) Mumm

  10. To Vince & family: very sorry to hear about Toddy. I know Mom & Dad always enjoyed visiting & playing cards with Vince & Toddy. Always enjoyed talking with Toddy if I saw her when I was home visiting Mom & Dad. I bet there’s a heck of a card game going on right now in heaven!
    Diane Blocker

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