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Ellen Zarnstorff

Cedar Rapids

Ellen Schuette Zarnstorff, 90, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Tom Stanczyk, and previously of Genoa City, Wis., entered eternal peace at her home surrounded by family on Nov. 14, 2017. Services will be at St. John's Lutheran Church, Slades Corners, Wis., at 11 a.m. Nov. 18. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. The family invites everyone to stay for a luncheon at the church. Interment will follow at St. John's Cemetery.
Ellen was born in Genoa City on June 1, 1927, the youngest child of George and Ida Becker Schuette. She graduated from Lake Geneva High School in 1946 and then married Donald Gordon Zarnstorff on April 12, 1947, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Slades Corners. Don and Ellen built their house with their own hands and remained there until Don's death in 2000.
Survivors include her children, Paulette (Jim) Roth of Phoenix, Ariz., Claudette (Dan) Stohr of Twin Lakes, Wis., Kathy (Pat) Ring of Trempeleau, Wis., Gregg (Nola) Zarnstorff of Raleigh, N.C., Dean (Toni) of Genoa City and Amy (Tom) Stanczyk of Cedar Rapids; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Zarnstorff; parents; brothers, George and Reuben; grandson, Donald Stohr; and great-grandson, Finnegan Ringdrowski.
Ellen's faith and family were her focus. She was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church and all six children were baptized and confirmed there. She was a member of the Ladies Aid for 70 years.
Ellen loved baking, gardening and canning, and she leaves behind her needlework handiwork for her family and church. She was the general leader of the Bloomfield 4-H Club for many years and a member of the B12 Homemakers Club. Every Wednesday night for over 50 years, Don and Ellen played cards with friends at their home and enjoyed snowmobiling when the family was young. She was a diehard Cubs fan and was happy to see them win the World Series.
Ellen will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her humor and silly sayings will live on through all those who knew her.
Please leave a message or tribute to Ellen's family on the website, haaselockwoodfhs.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or Hospice of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home of Genoa City is serving the Zarnstorff family.