Esther Mary Zweibohmer, 91, Ossian, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 3-7 p.m., with a Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary at 3 p.m. and a Scripture Service at 5 p.m. at the Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian. A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, with Monsignor Cletus Hawes as the celebrant. There also was a one hour visitation before Mass. Interment followed at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the De Sales School or the Ossian Ambulance Fund in Esther's honor. Schmitz - Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian is helping the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left with graufuneralhomes.com.
She was born July 16, 1922, to Daniel and Evelyn (Grabau) Murray in Bonair. Esther graduated from Crestwood High School, Cresco in 1939.
Esther was united in marriage with Gregory Frederic "Greg" Zweibohmer Sr. at St. John Catholic Church in Independence Nov. 21, 1940. Nine children were born to this union. Esther worked in Waterloo as a waitress, where she met Greg. She then worked on the family farm raising her family for 50 years. Presently, she was the grand regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court No. 983 and served as the district deputy for many years. Esther loved playing cards, quilting, reading, gardening and crocheting
Esther is survived by seven of her children: Lois (Lee) Meinert of Ankeny, Louise (John) Heying of Calmar, James (Carol) Zweibohmer of Sherrill, Lawrence (Connie) Zweibohmer of Charlotte, N.C., Patricia Larson of Ionia, David (Sharol) Zweibohmer of Cresco and Norma Glass of Oelwein; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and her sister, Rosetta Statelman of Evansdale.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Greg Zweibohmer Sr.; a son, Greg Zweibohmer Jr.; a daughter in infancy, Catherine Zweibohmer and a grandson, Bryan Meinert.