In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in her name to the United Methodist Church in Titonka; United Methodist Church in Forest City or to the Hospice of North Iowa.
Phyliss Lorraine Zwiefel was born December 30, 1925, in Hayfield, Iowa, the daughter of Sabo and Anna (Spieker) Hillenga. She attended school in Hayfield and later began working as a housekeeper.
Phyliss was united in marriage to Merrill Zwiefel on March 18, 1945. They lived and farmed southeast of Titonka and later moved into Titonka. She was a devoted farm wife and mother. Phyliss was later one of the original employees of the Titonka Care Center, which opened in 1973. She was a true caregiver working for 28 years at the care center.
She dearly loved all her grand and great-grandchildren, who enjoyed sitting on her lap. She was known as Grandma Phyliss to some and "Foof" to other relatives. Phyliss liked to play cards, golf, cook, bake and laugh. She was an active member of Doan Methodist Church and later the Titonka Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and MYF.
Phyliss died Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Westview Care Center in Britt. She was 92.
She is survived by four children, M. Jane (Philip) Seaberg of Garner, their children, Douglas (TJ) Seaberg, LaRae (Chad) Quick, Michael (Heidi) Seaberg; Barbara (Gary) Ludwig of Forest City, their children, Jaclyn (Scott) Heiser and Nathan (Jill) Ludwig; Alan (Duly) Zwiefel of Ankeny, their children, Alexandra (Alex) Buck and Traci Richardson Harre; Eugene (Jody) Zwiefel of Rock Island, IL, their children, Sam, Sarah, Jake and Anna Zwiefel; 22 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Cletus, Gary and Brian (Donna) Zwiefel and sister-in-law, Patsy Mugan and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merrill on July 14, 2011; sister, Mae (Matt) Platt; sisters-in-law, Darlene and Thelma Zwiefel; brothers-in-law, Donny (Carol) Zwiefel and Don Mugan.
We would like to thank the Westview Care Center and North Iowa Hospice for being there for our Mom, you are special people.
Eugene, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. It makes it especially hard around the holidays. I watched the video before leaving this comment. I remember your mom from around our high school years but not after we all left Tyke. I looks like she has had many years to enjoy and lover her grand and great-grand children. A memory I am looking forward to in the years to come! My heart goes out to you and your family and I hope you are able to find the strength, love, or what ever it takes to help you get through this tough time and get to the point where you can smile when someone mentions her name or you see her picture. I assure you, that time will come. Hugs and love from a long ago classmate! Kathy Dautremont (Higgins)
It was always a pleasure to visit with Phyliss at Al & Duly’s home. Her smile was quick & genuine. The love for her family always shown through too. Our thoughts & prayers for the entire Zwiefel family during this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time. Phyliss was a kind and generous soul.
One of the sweetest women I have ever known. Her smile was beautiful and always sincere. Heaven has gained another of God's angels! Bless you Phyliss!
I really got to know Phyliss when I started working at the Care Center. She was a very sweet woman with a heart of gold! I enjoyed our chats and am thankful for all of the wisdom she shared with me! I will miss her terribly, but am glad she is with Merrill again. Heaven gained another angel! RIP Phyliss!
My sympathy to all of you. Mom loved her very much.
Liz (Friis) Wehrmacher
It was always important for me to stop and see my dear cousin when I came to Iowa. I have not been able to do that for a couple of years and I've missed our visits. So many great memories. Much love. Janice Johnson Haan
Pictures of Grandma Z.
Phyliss, 90th Birthday, with her children, Jane, Barb, Al and Eugene
Phyliss, 90th Birthday, with children and their spouses
Phyliss, 90th Birthday, with grand-children
Phyllis 90th Birthday with great-grandchildren
Phyliss and Gary Zwiefel, Clete Zwiefel, Brian Zwiefel and Patsy Mugan
So sorry to hear of your loss--I remember visiting with her parents when I was a child with my parents Agnes (Schutter) Christ and Paul Christ. Wonderful family--my sympathies to all your families.
Grandma Zwiefel making Christmas divinity with Emma, Chandler and Betsy Kate.
Always welcoming at the farm and at the house in town. You'll be missed.
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