Mary Eva Zenishek, 79, of Solon died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Memorial Services were held Feb. 8 at the Brosh Chapel, Solon. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Mary Eva Zenishek was born 1934 in Humboldt. She graduated from Des Moines High School in 1953. She met Jerry Dean Messinger in Des Moines where they married in 1956. Mary and Jerry moved to Solon because of work opportunities, the beautiful lake area and their love for the outdoors. Solon became their home where they raised three children Gary, Connie and David Messinger. Jerry and Mary divorced in 1981. In 1989 she married Williard (Bill) Zenishek and they lived on his farm in Solon.
Mary is survived by her husband Bill Zenishek, her son Gary (Janet) Messinger, daughter Connie (Duane) Kunkel all of Solon, and son David (DaNette) Messinger of Cheyenne, Wyo. Her children have given Mary the joy of 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mary has one surviving sister, Emily Sawyer and many other family members, all of Des Moines. On Bill’s side her stepchildren are, Pat (Toni) Zenishek, Theresa (Dave) Wilford, Mike (Sue) Zenishek of Solon, and Debbie Zenishek of Waterloo, and Gary (Sherri) Zenishek of Missouri; 16 grandchildren and eight great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her father, Martin, and her mother, Dorothy Wallukait; and two sisters, Clara Dunlap and Alice Ellis and her husband Lyle Ellis.
Mary’s been a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church