Lillian Zink, 97, of Sioux City, and formerly of Le Mars, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City.
Lillian Margaret Zink was born Nov. 2, 1909, in Le Mars, the daughter of John and Margaret (Pageler) Willms. They lived on a farm north of Le Mars located in Elgin Township. She was baptized on Dec. 12, 1909 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Lillian attended country school until the third grade and then in 1918 her family moved to Le Mars and she attended Le Mars Public Schools. She was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church on April 13, 1924 and was a member most of her life.
Lillian and her sister Verna operated the Needlecraft Shop in Le Mars for several years until 1930. On July 16, 1930, she married Charles H. Zink in Craig. The couple lived in Chicago, Ill., for a short time after their marriage but, because of the depression, moved back to Le Mars and later to a farm near Le Mars. In 1940 they moved into Le Mars where she would live for many years. For the past few years she has resided with her daughter Lois in Sioux City.
Lillian will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Lois Lubben of Sioux City; a daughter Janet Traufler and her husband Richard of Denison; sons Charles Zink and his wife Nancy of Springfield, Va., Robert Zink and his wife Dorothy of Omaha, Neb.; 10 grandchildren: Steven J. Lubben, Mark A. Lubben, Jacqueline A. Surprenaut, David C. Traufler, Douglas J. Traufler, Kimberly L. Curtis, John K. Zink, Linda A. Whitmire, Debra S. McCaslin and Diane C. Cary; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother Dick Willms and his wife Delphine; and five nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Richard V. Zink; two sisters, Verna S. (Mrs. Walt) Schilling and Edna E. (Mrs. Ray) Jones; as well as an infant brother.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Greg Gabriel officiating. Burial was at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation began at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family was present from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. There was also one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.