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Ethel M. Zenner Munz, age 94, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:38 p.m., on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Ethel's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Ethel's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., on Wednesday, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ethel was born on August 31, 1922, in Dubuque, daughter of Bernard and Christina (Terfruchte) Osterhoff.

Ethel received her education at the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1940, and would remain a proud member of the Alumni throughout her life. She would discover love for the first time with Henry M. Zenner, and the couple would be united in marriage on October 14, 1945, at St. Patrick's Church in Wisconsin Rapids. They would be blessed with only 13 years together, and 2 beautiful children, before Henry was called home much to early on February 18, 1959. Ethel would find her second opportunity for loving companionship with Arthur W. Munz. They would be united in marriage on February 2, 1985, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Ethel and Arthur would enjoy over 22 years together before he was also called home ahead of her December 5, 2007. Ethel was truly a woman of faith who joyfully devoted years along her earthly journey to St. Mary's Church, St. Mary's Rosary Society, the Auxiliary Legion of Mary and St. Patrick's Church. Ethel was also a woman of business who was not only a loyal member of the American Business Women's Association for years, but also diligently invested over 15 years of her time and talents, first with Spensley and Gallogly Insurance, and finally with Bisanz, Drozda and Evitts Insurance Company, before eventually retiring in 1987. But let's also remember the wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend who strived to make the world around her a better place each and every day. Whether sitting down to watch her Cubbies hit the field, playing a friendly game of cards with the ladies, or simply some valuable family time with loved ones; Ethel never missed an opportunity to brighten the day. Ethel was surely blessed with the gift of 94 years to spread her love among those who knew and loved her and we are forever grateful for the abundance of beautiful memories she leaves behind. May God continue to bless you Ethel until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Ethel's memory include

her 2 adoring children,
Ann (Richard) Thill, Norwalk, IA
and John (Jane McCall) Zenner, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 loving grandchildren,
Jennifer (Troy) Taylor, Norwalk, IA,
Steven (Azure) Thill, Geneva, IL,
Nicole (T.J.) Wernimont, Dubuque, IA
and Rachel (Matthew) Dougherty, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 precious great-grandchildren,
Alex and Lucas Taylor, Hannah Thill, Dakota, Dylan and Drew Wernimont and Evan and Ava Dougherty;

and a few nieces and nephews.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Henry W. Zenner; her 2nd husband, Arthur W. Munz; her brothers, Arnold (Rita) Osterhoff, Aloysius Osterhoff and Joseph (Louise) Osterhoff; and her twin sister, Evelyn Osterhoff, who was called home shortly after birth.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Muir, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional, sincere and compassionate care of Ethel and her family.