Esther Mary Zweibohmer, 91

Esther Mary Zweibohmer, 91, Ossian, died Sunday, Dec.1, 2013, at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian with Monsignor Cletus Hawes as the celebrant.

Interment followed in St. Francis DeSales Catholic Cemetery.

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, assisted the family with the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left with at

She was born on July 16, 1922 to Daniel and Evelyn (Grabau) Murray in Bonair, Iowa. Esther graduated from Crestwood High School in Cresco in 1939.

On Nov. 21, 1940, Esther was united in marriage with Gregory Frederic “Greg” Zweibohmer Sr. at St. John Catholic Church in Independence. 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 #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.

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