Gertrude G. Zinn, 91, formerly of Legacy Point in Iowa City, and a longtime Le Mars resident, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at Windmill Manor in Coralville after a lengthy illness.
Gertrude was born Feb. 8, 1914, in Sioux Center, the daughter of Wietse and Anna (Vander Haak) Oordt. She graduated from Hull Western Christian Academy in Hull, and later received her registered nursing degree from St. Luke's Nurse's Training in Sioux City. Gertrude married Everett Zinn in 1940 in Storm Lake. The couple lived in Storm Lake for a short time and then in Le Mars for over 50 years. Gertrude served as a registered nurse in Storm Lake and Sedalia, Mo. After Gertrude and Everett raised their son, she returned to her career as student health nurse at Westmar College in Le Mars. She was an accomplished gardener, skilled seamstress, a faithful supporter of music in the schools and a longtime member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Le Mars.
Gertrude is survived by her son Jerry Zinn and his wife, Barb of North Liberty and two grandsons, Nathan Zinn and Tony Zinn, both of Chicago. Gertrude is also survived by many nieces and nephews of whom she was very fond. She shared a special bond with the Wolfswinkel family of Le Mars and the Fiscus family of Cedar Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband and 13 brothers and sisters.
Gertrude chose to be cremated. Her family will host an open house celebration of her life on Saturday, April 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, in Iowa City. Burial will be at a later date in Le Mars.
Instead of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorials be directed to Lutheran World Relief.
On line condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com