Pauline Marie Zerr, 89, Oakley, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at her home.

She was born Nov. 24, 1927, in Ness County to Frank and Catherine (Dinkel) Pfeifer.

She married Clem A.J. Zerr on May 20, 1947 in St. Peter. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage together until he preceded her in death in 2014. She was a farm wife and mother always singing or humming church hymns while she went about her day.

With her children at her side learning from her, she grew a large garden, raised chickens, milked cows, cooked and baked lots of goodies as well as always ready to help her husband on their farm whether driving silage truck, wheat truck, changing irrigation pipe, feeding the pigs, or taking hot meals and lunches to the harvest fields. They retired in April 2009, when they moved to Oakley.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Daughters of Isabella, and in her younger years she was an active member of St. Mary Altar Society, Go-Getters EHU and Gove County Farmers Union.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Zerr, Grinnell and Duane Zerr, Pittsburg; five daughters, Geraldine Zerr, Hays, Marietta Plummer and husband, Tom, Oakley, Ruth Miller and husband, Donnie, Dighton, Ella Dankenbring, Kearney, Neb., and Elaine Jones and husband, Dale, Council Grove; three brothers, Clarence Pfeifer and wife, Thelma, Allen Pfeifer and wife, Alfreida and Lloyd Pfeifer and wife, Linda; two sisters, Caroline Flax and Catherine Heier and husband, Felix; a brother-in-law, Jake Zimmerman; a sister-in-law, Anna Pfeifer; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Duane Zerr; two sons, David and Leroy Zerr; a grandson, Marvin Miller; two brothers, Albert Pfeifer and wife, Jennie, Alvin Pfeifer; and a sister, Helen Zimmerman.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oakley; burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Grinnell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Baalmann Mortuary, Oakley.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic School, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Grinnell, or Grinnell V.F.W. Auxiliary in care of the mortuary.

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