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Mildred E. Zinda

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
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Mildred E. Zinda

APPLETON, Minn. – Mildred Edith Zinda, 96 years, 8 months, and 21 days, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck, Minn.

Mildred was born Feb. 21, 1917, to her parents, Fred and Clara (Forschler) Hallaway, on the farm southeast of Holloway in Edison Township, Swift County, Minn. She was baptized in May 1938 in Appleton. She went to country school in District 69 until the age of 10, when her mother died. She went to live with her aunt in Brownsville, Minn., for 2 years. She returned to Holloway and stayed with her sister, Hazel Holzheimer, and went to high school. Mildred graduated from Holloway High School in 1933 and then attended Normal Training in Appleton. She taught school for 3 years before marriage, and then taught 1 year after her marriage.

On June 6, 1938, she was married to Ignace Frank Zinda at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edison Township. They farmed in Edison Township for 56 years, retiring in 1974. After retiring, they spent many winters in Weslaco, Texas. After Ignace’s death on March 8, 1994, Mildred moved into Westview Apartments in Appleton. In September 2011, Mildred became a resident of Minnewaska Lutheran Home.

She is survived by four children: Nancy Gronholz of Starbuck, Daniel (LaVonne) Zinda of Alexandria, Minn., Bonnie (Arlan) McClain of Dixon, and Judy (Pat) O’Byrne of Littleton, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Michael (Meg) Zinda, Bryan Zinda, Andrea (Darren) Griese, Roxanna (Kevin) Gapstur, Randi Norby, Rob (Marlise) Gronholz, Jill (Chris) Maida, Nathan (Calli) McClain, and Hayley O’Byrne; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Evelyn Ramseth, of Forest Lake, Minn.; sister-in-law, Marie Zinda, of Appleton; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ignace; two sisters, Hazel Holzheimer and Beth Dezotell; three brothers: John Hallaway, Sr., William Hallaway, and Herbert Hallaway; nine sisters-in-law, and 10 brothers-in-law.

The Mass of Christian Burial was Monday at St. John Catholic Church in Appleton, with the Rev. Brian Oestreich officiating. LuAnn Rheingans served as organist and Cantor was Pat Krebs. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” “On Eagles Wings,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was at Appleton City Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home –Vaala Chapel in Appleton, Minn., is handling arrangements.

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