Lorraine Zieser Obituary

Lorraine W. Zieser
Lorraine Zieser
Lorraine W. Zieser

February 5, 1927 - September 5, 2020
Born in Audubon, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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This tribute was written by Lorraine’s daughter, Liz, a few days before she died.

Mom’s picture sat on our sofa table for more years than I can remember. It was not just any picture, but a portrait taken over 70 years ago, when she was 17 or 18. Big smile, long brown curls, flawless skin, pale blue eyes and beautiful—not just pretty—but beautiful, glamorous by even today’s standards.

But watching you now sleeping now, close to death, with your gray hair, long because of the virus, body tiny, wrinkled and hunched, withered by Parkinson’s and osteoporosis, I wondered about your life, your hopes, your dreams, or maybe your regrets. As I looked at you, knowing those pale blue eyes were hidden somewhere in your dreamless sleep, I realized that I knew very little about you except for who you were to me and to our family.

I remember that you would speak about high school friends from time to time, but you never lingered there. Old photos of you as a young woman on the farm came mostly without stories. And a great sadness filled me, recognizing that the time had passed to learn more from you. I wondered had we ever probed those times in your life, would you have opened up and told us more. Somehow, I don’t think so. Because your life, as we knew it and heard about it, began with our family. That was and has always been where your heart was. But for one or two rare bittersweet memories from long ago, the memories you shared were built on us, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who you loved deeply and unconditionally. It was this same kind of love that you wanted us to feel for each other.

There were so many things you could have done. You were so creative. You could have been an artist or a designer. You could have turned your talents into a lucrative profession, but you chose, instead, to be our mom. And we are forever grateful.

Your deep and abiding goodness was so freely given. Love came easily for you. You never sought the limelight. It wasn’t necessary or important to you. It was never about you. It was always about us, your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We may never know much about your life before us, but I do know that 93 years ago, you were born with a purpose to love and nurture and teach and guide the family that God was going to give you. You are now face to face with Him. I can only imagine that when you stood before Him and accounted for your life, He lovingly responded, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

My prayer for us, your family that you leave behind and loved so dearly, is that we live our lives as well as you did and carry your legacy of love for God, for family and for others, throughout the next generations.

There are many that will feel the loss of your encouraging words, your humor, your kindness, compassion and love, but your absence will be felt the most by your family : Marcy (Jim) Schulze, Liz (Marty) Willis, John (Adele) Zieser; grandchildren: Meggan (Jonathan) Bauer, Ben (Julie) Schulze, Jodi Kincaid, Natalie (Cory) Cason; John Zieser, Philip Zieser, Allison Zieser; great-grandchildren: Kaeli, Miles, Preston, Kian, Cassidy, Lucas and Reese; your sister, Betty, and many nieces and nephews and friends. Lorraine was preceded in death by our beloved dad, Bud Zieser.

Private family graveside services will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Iowa.







Food Bank of Iowa
P.O. Box 1517
Des Moines, Iowa 50305