Phyliss Zwiefel

Funeral services for Phyliss Zwiefel were celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Titonka United Methodist Church with the Rev. Todd Hartsock officiating. Burial was in the Buffalo Township Cemetery.

Phyliss Lorraine Zwiefel was born Dec. 30, 1925, in Hayfield, the daughter of Sabo and Anna (Spieker) Hillenga. She attended school in Hayfield and later began working as a housekeeper.

Phyliss married Merrill Zwiefel on March 18, 1945. They lived and farmed southeast of Titonka and later moved into Titonka. She was a devoted farm wife and mother. Phyliss was later one of the original employees of the Titonka Care Center, which opened in 1973. She was a true caregiver working for 28 years at the care center.

She dearly loved all her grand- and great-grandchildren, who enjoyed sitting on her lap. She was known as Grandma Phyliss to some and “Foof” to other relatives. Phyliss liked to play cards, golf, cook, bake and laugh. She was an active member of Doan Methodist Church and later the Titonka Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and MYF.

Phyliss died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at the Westview Care Center in Britt. She was 92.

She is survived by four children: M. Jane (Philip) Seaberg of Garner and their children Douglas (TJ) Seaberg, LaRae (Chad) Quick and Michael (Heidi) Seaberg; Barbara (Gary) Ludwig of Forest City and their children Jaclyn (Scott) Heiser and Nathan (Jill) Ludwig; Alan (Duly) Zwiefel of Ankeny and their children Alexandra (Alex) Buck and Traci Richardson Harre; Eugene (Jody) Zwiefel of Rock Island, Ill.,  and their children Sam, Sarah, Jake and Anna Zwiefel; and 22 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers-in-law Cletus, Gary and Brian (Donna) Zwiefel, sister-in-law Patsy Mugan, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Merrill on July 14, 2011; sister Mae (Matt) Platt; sisters-in-law Darlene and Thelma Zwiefel; and brothers-in-law Donny (Carol) Zwiefel and Don Mugan.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Titonka handled arrangements. Condolences may be left at

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