Mary Zinkula, 89, of Mount Vernon, died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at Keystone Cedars, Cedar Rapids, surrounded by her loving family. She died as she lived, with faith and acceptance. Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mount Vernon, with Bishop Thomas Zinkula presiding. Visitation: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, at church, with a vigil service at 6 p.m. Visitation also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial: Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Mount Vernon.
Mary Elizabeth Volz was born on Feb. 18, 1929, in Norway, Iowa, to Frank and Katherine (Sevening) Volz. She graduated as valedictorian from Norway High School in 1946 and then worked at Benton County Savings Bank. Mary met Robert Zinkula at Danceland and they married on May 15, 1952, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Norway.
Mary was a longtime dedicated member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. She worked part time at Hertz Farm Management. While Mary enjoyed these activities, the work closest to her heart was caring, nurturing and providing for her family. Mary was well-known for her award-winning kolaches. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and children. Mary was also interested in gardening, puzzles, and dancing. Her children loved watching their parents on the dance floor.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Diane Zinkula, Donna (John) McKay, Bishop Thomas Zinkula, Sandy (Keith) Moore, Ken (Penni) Zinkula, Jerry (Connie) Zinkula, Sharon Zinkula (Joseph Flowers), JoAnn (Bob) Kintzel and Mark (Theresa) Zinkula; grandchildren, Alexandra (Tyler) Benware and Kaitlin Moore, Elizabeth (Ernie) Yoder, Mathew and Jason Zinkula, Jacob, Ryan and Anna Zinkula, Lauren Flowers, Shelby and Courtney Kintzel, and Sarah, Erin, Kyle and Tyler Zinkula; great-granddaughter, Haylie Zinkula; brother-in-law, Raymond (Sheryl) Zinkula; sister-in-law, Alberta Volz; and many extended family members.
Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 64 years, Robert; parents; brothers, Vernon, Clarence, Wilbert and David Volz; and sisters, Lorene Oberreuter, Hazel Stallman and Loretta Schmidt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mount Vernon.
Please share your support and memories with Mary's family on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.