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Zelda Helen Marie Bower

September 20, 1939 October 26, 2017
Zelda Helen Marie Bower
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Obituary for Zelda Helen Marie Bower

***DUE TO STRUCTURAL CONCERNS IN THE SANCTUARY AT PRAIRIE CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH, FUNERAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE FUNERAL HOME. THE LUNCHEON WILL REMAIN AT THE CHURCH.***
Zelda Helen Marie Bower, 78, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, at her home in Vinton due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Rev. Kurt Brubaker officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Zelda will be laid to rest next to her husband in Bear Creek Cemetery in rural Vinton. Following burial, a luncheon will be provided for family and friends at Prairie Creek Christian Church, rural Vinton.
Zelda was born September 20, 1939, in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of Ray Merle and Hazel Fern Edmonds Geater. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton and Iowa State Teachers’ College in Cedar Falls. She received her Master’s degree in Orientation Mobility from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Zelda worked at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton for 33 years, first as an orientation mobility teacher and later in administration.
On December 31, 1969, Zelda was united in marriage with William Franklin “Bill” Bower in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He preceded her in death on April 27, 1992.
Zelda is survived by her children, Blaine Bower and Valerie (Adam) Bearbower, both of Vinton; one brother, Lyle (Lillian) Geater of Vinton; one sister, Mary Ellen Rogers of Vinton; and five grandchildren: Tyler, Liam and Jonathan Bower and Ayden and Ava Bearbower.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; two brothers: John and Don Geater; and two sisters: Betty Linsey and Dorothy Yerkes.
A memorial fund has been established.

Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

1

Nov

4:00 PM 11/1/2017 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/1/2017 7:00:00 PM
Van Steenhuyse Funeral Home

1212 1st Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349

Van Steenhuyse Funeral Home
1212 1st Avenue Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Visitation

Thursday

2

Nov

9:30 AM 11/2/2017 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 11/2/2017 10:30:00 AM
Van Steenhuyse Funeral Home

1212 1st Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349

Van Steenhuyse Funeral Home
1212 1st Avenue Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Service

Thursday

2

Nov

10:30 AM 11/2/2017 10:30:00 AM
Van Steenhuyse Funeral Home

1212 1st Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349

Van Steenhuyse Funeral Home
1212 1st Avenue Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Bear Creek Cemetery Final Resting Place

52nd Street and 26th Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349

52nd Street and 26th Avenue Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

A fund has been established.

1212 1st Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349
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