Zelma Burr


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Henderson Barker Funeral Home West Liberty
205 E. Third St, PO Box 46
West Liberty, Iowa, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Monday, May 7, 2018
St. Joseph Catholic Church
109 West Sixth St.
West Liberty, Iowa, United States


Oak Ridge Cemetery
North Calhoun St.
West Liberty, Iowa, United States

Memorials may be made to:

St. Joseph Catholic Church or Pioneer Park Care Center

Obituary of Zelma Burr



West Liberty, Iowa

Zelma Mary Burr, age 101, died May 4th 2018 at Lone Tree Care Center after a kind and generous life.

Funeral mass will be held 10 A.M. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church or Pioneer Park Care Center.

Zelma was born September 27th, 1916 in Riverside Iowa to parents Mary Heitzman Schnoebelen and Theodore George Schnoebelen. The eldest of nine children, Zelma attended school at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Riverside. She was united in marriage to Lorren Kenneth Burr on February 2, 1940 and they made their home in rural Johnson County. To them were born five daughters.

Zelma made a loving home while being active civically and in her church.  Zelma’s devotion to her family led her to many hours supporting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – whether it be in 4-H, sports, music or plays.  An accomplished seamstress, she could hand stitch an heirloom quilt, create a prom dress, design Halloween outfits or patch Lorren’s overalls all with ease.

Zelma will be remembered lovingly by her five daughters Barbara (Larry) Wise, Virginia Miehe, Donna (Jerry) Kaalberg, Phyllis (Michael) Selby and Rhonda (Kevin) Case. Also surviving are four sisters Delores Kempf, Dorothy Johnson, Frances Self and Anita Mehaffey, seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. 

Preceding her in death were her husband Lorren Burr, son-in-law Douglas Miehe, great granddaughter Kylen Miehe, brothers Alvin, Herb, Verne and sister Colletta. 

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