Elias Zweisamer

Elias Zweibahmer

 

Elias Zweibahmer, age 99, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Accura Healthcare in Cresco, Iowa.

Elias Arnold Zweibahmer was born at home on July 6, 1922 to Clem J and Walburga (Huinker) Zweibahmer in rural Calmar.  He attended St. Aloysius School in Calmar through the eighth grade.  In later years, he worked as a hired hand for many families in the area.  During that time he met the love of his life, Dorothy Rothmeyer.  

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1944.  He trained as an infantry soldier, and soon found himself in the jungles of the Philippines, carrying a rocket launcher, known as a bazooka.  He was discharged in 1946 and returned to the Ossian area.

Three short months later he married his sweetheart, Dorothy.  The couple lived in Ft. Atkinson, Iowa where they welcomed their first daughter.  They then moved to a farm near Ossian, Iowa where their second daughter was born.  Later they moved near Cresco, where they farmed for eight years.  After that time, they moved near Kendallville, Iowa continuing to farm for a number of years.  Following retirement they made their home in Cresco, until his death. 

Elias had a strong work ethic.  He was always ready to help his friends and neighbors and had a heart of gold!  During his 57 years of marriage to Dorothy, the couple enjoyed going to casinos and had the opportunity to take various trips together.  Elias also liked reading the newspaper and visiting with family. 

Survivors include his two daughters Cynthia-Ptacek Voves (Ed) of Elma, Iowa and Susan (Jerry) Patterson of St. Ansgar, Iowa, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, three step granddaughters and five step great-granddaughters, brothers and sisters in-law; Donald Huinker, Richard (Lou) Rothmeyer, Norma (Norbert) Holshbach and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, a sister Ruth in infancy, mother and father in-law, Florian and Kathryn Rothmeyer, son in-law, James Ptacek, brother, Cyril (Ruth) Zweibahmer, sisters; Iona (Bob) Kubesh, Dorothy (Frank) Ludwig, Catherine Huinker and brothers and sisters in-law; Jerome (Katie) Rothmeyer, Alice (Robert) Elfner, Kenneth Rothmeyer, Dale Rothmeyer and Mary (James) Hosek.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Howard County Hospice or the charity of your choice. 

A funeral mass were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Notre Dame Catholic Church.  Friends may call from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco on Sunday, July 18, 2021 and again one hour prior to services at the church on Monday morning.  Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery in Cresco, Iowa.  Lindstrom Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  

 

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