Bernetta Zeien -- New Hampton, Iowa

October 29, 2018 GMT

Bernetta “Toddy” Zeien, age 82, of New Hampton, Iowa, formerly of Ionia, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton, Iowa. Burial will be at the St. Boniface Cemetery, Ionia, Iowa.

Bernetta Marie “Toddy” Zeien was born April 30, 1936, in Charles City, Iowa, 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 statewide 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 Sept. 24, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. The couple initially lived south of Charles City until moving to a farm near North Washington and to their Ionia home in 1990. Bernetta also worked many years at First Security Bank and 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, Willi (Lester) Glaser of New Hampton, Rose (Allan) Busta of Rochester, Monica (John) Davis of Byron, and Ken (Jackie) Zeien of Waverly, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lucille Zeien and Agnes Brincks, both of New Hampton, Iowa, Cec Holzer of Charles City, Iowa, and Lillian Holzer of Kenosha, Wis.; and 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; and son-in-law, Steve Kaune in 1999.