Bernetta 'Toddy' Zeien, 82

Bernetta "Toddy" Zeien age 82 of New Hampton, IA, formerly of Ionia, IA, died Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, IA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will be at the St. Boniface Cemetery, Ionia, with Tudy Kaune, Willie & Lester Glaser, Rosie & Allan Busta, Monica & John Davis, Ken & Jackie Zeien serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Dustin & Tabitha Davis, Estelle & Layne Davis.

Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton where there will be a 6:30 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday.   Online condolences for Toddy's family may be left at

Bernetta Marie “Toddy” Zeien was born April 30, 1936, in Charles City, IA, 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 state-wide 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 September 24, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. To this union six children were born; Tudy, Willi, Rose, Michael, Monica, and Ken. The couple initially lived south of Charles City until moving to a farm near North Washington and to their Ionia home in 1990. She also worked many years at First Security Bank & 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, MN, Willi (Lester) Glaser of New Hampton, Rose (Allan) Busta of Rochester, MN, Monica (John) Davis of Byron, MN, Ken (Jackie) Zeien of Waverly, IA; twelve grandchildren, Amanda, Sylvia and Hannah Glaser, Lydia (Berto) Uribe, Olivia & Emma Glaser, Ann (George) Wilcox, Paul Busta, Dustin (Tabitha) Davis, Brandon, Bryce and Brady Zeien; seven great-grandchildren, Amelia, Henry, Gabriella and Matthias Uribe, Wayne Wilcox, Estelle and Layne Davis; sisters-in-law, Lucille Zeien, Agnes Brincks, both of New Hampton, Cec Holzer of Charles City, Lillian Holzer of Kenosha, WI; 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; son-in-law, Steve Kaune in 1999; brothers, Cletus Holzer, Gilbert (Dorothy/Harriet) Holzer, Eugene (Rena) Holzer, Kenneth Holzer, Melbert “Swede” (Shirley) Holzer, Francis Holzer; brothers-in-law, Louis Zeien, Guido Brincks; sister-in-law, Romana (Joe) Ryant.

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