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Gladys Zahs

October 18, 1928 — September 17, 2013

A celebration of life for Gladys A. Zahs, 84 of rural Riverside, will be held Friday, September 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  Visitation will be held Thursday, September 19, from 3-5 and 6-8 PM and before the service on Friday, at the funeral home.  A general memorial fund has been established.  Gladys Anne Zahs died Tuesday, September 17 at the Univeristy of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, following a lengthy illness.

Born October 18, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of Frank and Myrtle (Payne) Marek.  She worked at various times for Amphenol Steel,  the railroad and Wiebolts Department Store.

She was united in marriage to George Zahs September 11, 1949 in Cicero, Illinois.  The couple lived and farmed in rural Riverside until George's death June 7, 1984.  Mrs. Zahs continued to live on the family farm until her death.

Mrs. Zahs spent most of her married life as a housewife, assisting her husband with the farm and raising their three children.  She also worked in the sewing room at the University of Iowa Hopstials and Clinics.

She enjoyed sewing, reading and spending time with her family, most recently her great granddaughter, Adlei.

Mrs. Zahs is survived by three children, Mary and husband James Marek of Kalona, Patricia Zahs of Riverside and Robert and wife Marta Zahs of Iowa City; five grandchildren, Callie and husband Adam Shalla of Riverside, Nicholas Gruwell Zahs of Iowa CityCody and wife Tammy Marek of Washington, Shane Zahs and Kate Zahs, both of Iowa City; one great granddaughter, Adlei Lynne Marek of Washington; one sister, Charlotte and husband Walter Bock of Lombard, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Marek of Elgin, Illinois and Elaine Zahs of Kalona; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Zahs in 1984; two brothers, Robert L. Marek and Leonard F. Marek; two sisters-in-law, Helen (Zahs) Harden and Nancy L. Marek; and two brothers-in-law, Dean Zahs and Louis Harden.
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