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Lucille Zeien

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Lucille Julia Zeien age 90 of New Hampton, IA, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington. Friends may greet the family from 11:00- 1:00 p.m. at the church. PLEASE JOIN THE ZEIEN FAMILY 1:00 p.m. TUESDAY VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE HUGEBACK JOHNSON FUNERAL HOMES FACEBOOK PAGE, IF UNABLE TO ATTEND. Funeral arrangements are with Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Lucille Julia Zeien was born Feb. 7, 1930, on the Tilkes family farm near North Washington, Iowa, to Fred and Susan (Rohe) Tilkes. She was the fourth of the couple’s five children and grew up on the farm, helping her parents with chores. She attended Catholic school in North Washington through the ninth grade, and then helped her mother on the family farm. Lucille’s best friend was a cousin to a young man named Louis Zeien, and the cousins and their friends would often go to dances together. Lucille and Louis hit it off, began dating, fell in love and were married on Oct. 15, 1952, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington. They farmed together and welcomed five children — Madonna, Elaine, Tom, Robert, and Peter — who remember growing up in a home with a mother who taught them the value of hard work. They also remember that mom always had fresh baked items. If it wasn’t cakes, it was bars and cookies. No one ever left Lucille’s house without having their sweet tooth filled. The Zeiens worked together on their farm, and Lucille worked side-by-side with Louis for more than 40 years. Lucille raised broilers and geese. She had a number of laying hens and sold a lot of eggs over the years and she farrowed a lot of pigs in her lifetime. She also always had two big gardens that grew the best vegetables one could find. Lucille and Louis loved to go dancing and they belonged to a card club with about a dozen of their neighbors. When they retired from the farm and moved into New Hampton, they began traveling by taking bus trips that took them all over the United States. Her family grew to include 23 grandchildren and 44 great-great grandchildren, and Lucille adored them all; in fact, young children always had a way of finding themselves into her heart. Lucille’s husband died on Oct. 12, 2012, and his funeral was held on the day Louis and she would have celebrated their 60th anniversary, but she continued to persevere. Well into her 80s, she delivered cookies to businesses and people in New Hampton who had helped her or had shown kindness to children. Lucille lived a long and productive life, and as sad as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are over her loss, they know she is dancing with Louis in Heaven and playing a game or two of cards. Survivors include two daughters, Madonna Hughes of Grimes, IA, Elaine (Dale) Glaser of Ionia, IA; three sons, Tom (Cindy) Zeien, Robert (Nancy) Zeien, Pete (Dixie) Zeien, all of New Hampton; 23 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Carmen Tilkes of Elma, IA; brothers in law; Francis (Rita) Zeien of New Hampton and Vincent Zeien of Waverly. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louis on October 12, 2012; two grandchildren, Michael Zeien, Amber Zeien; great-granddaughter, Gabriella Lippert; three brothers, Henry Tilkes, Edward Tilkes, Leo Tilkes; one sister, Monica Geerts.

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  1. I loved this lady. Got to know her pretty good at the treasure chest. She was so nice. Fly high sweet angel!

  2. So sorry for your loss! She was a great lady! Cherish her memories! Prayers to all of you! Jeanne and David Roder

  3. Thinking of Lucille’s family during this difficult time, my heart goes out to you. I love this photo of her smile matches her personality, I’m guessing she had the same smile when she was reunited with Louis in heaven.

  4. Sorry to hear of her passing. She was such a sweet lady and a good neighbor to mom. Always had a smile and time to visit. No doubt her and Louie are reunited in heaven.

  5. Pete and Dixie and families, Our deepest sympathies go out to you at this time. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you face the days ahead.

  6. Pete and Dixie and family. So sorry for your loss… You and your family are in my prayers 🙏 🙏🙏 God has gained another special ANGEL in heaven.

  7. Our sympathy to Lucille’s family. She was such an energetic lady, always smiling. I remember buying several of the greeting cards that she and her group made at the Senior Center..

  8. So sorry for your loss, she was such a kind and caring person. Thoughts and Prayers are with her Family and Friends..🙏🏽💗🙏🏽

  9. Regards to the entire Zeien family on the loss of your mother and grandma. I remember her beautiful smile.

  10. Tom and Cindy, Pete and Dixie and the rest of the Zeien family, so sorry to hear about Lucille. You are all in my prayers!

  11. So very sorry for your loss of Lucille! I always enjoyed talking to her at church. We usually sat quite close to where she was. Lucille was a very kind and faith filled woman. I loved her smile!!

  12. My sympathies to the family. Lucille was a great neighbor & it was always a pleasure if I happened to see her when I was back home. She was an amazing lady. ❤️

  13. Pete, Dixie and families sending our deepest heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. Lucille was such a sweet, loving and caring lady. I will miss her as all those that knew her will. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Our sympathy to the Zeien family.She was a sweet lady. Louis & Lucille were good friends & card players of my folks.


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