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Nancy J. Zillig, age 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:50 a.m., on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nancy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Nancy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 3, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy was born on August 4, 1931, in Dyersville, daughter of Joseph and Charlotte (Ernster) McInerney.

Nancy would gain her primary education from St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Academy before eventually meeting the love of her life, Charles "Chuck" Zillig. The two would be united in marriage on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1950 at St. Patrick's Church. They would be undeniably blessed with 66 wonderful years of marriage, and 8 deeply adored children. Nancy worked as a switchboard operator with the telephone company until the Lord presented her and Chuck with their first child. Nancy would proudly stay home to raise all 8 of her children and happily invest countless hours nurturing her family through each passing day. She did return to the working world once the kids were older and generously gave another 10 years of her time and talents to the Dubuque Community School District as a teacher's aide until her final retirement in 1992. Nancy was a lifelong and faithful member of St. Patrick's Church and would graciously sing to her heart's content from the choir loft for decades. Music would also find its way into her personal life; a little time around the piano, or with a violin in hand, were always pleasant ways to pass some time in her day. Nancy also enjoyed any opportunity to gather at the bowling lanes with friends, join her ladies league for a round of golf, spend her early morning hours working her daily crossword "in ink", or even a friendly venture of chasing points with her friends in their 60 years plus of Card Club. Nancy was truly a rare and kind faith-filled woman who has surely left a positive imprint on the world she leaves behind. Her humble nature was always on display and the legacy she leaves behind in her children, and all so precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will be evident for all to witness for generations. Sadly, we realize today that we have taken our last girls shopping trip with Mom and our hearts are torn today with a pain and sorrow which only God and time can heal. But thankfully we know and trust that the memories which remain, from the 85 years we shared together, will gratefully carry us through until we are all reunited once again with an eternal hen party in progress and all the cute puppies any angel could desire. "When you hear music from up above, it will be me singing to you" - Love, Nancy

Those left to cherish Nancy's memory include

her husband,
Charles "Chuck" Zillig, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 children,
Kathi (Dan) Kelly, Asbury,
Kris (John) Richey, Asbury,
Vicki (Charlie) Glab, Dubuque,
Mary (Ted) Runde, Cuba City, WI,
Patti (Jim) Luksetich, Dubuque,
Julie (Ray) Small, Iowa City, IA,
Dave (Sandie) Zillig, Dubuque
and Rick (Linda) Zillig, Asbury;

her 28 grandchildren,
Jason (Kim) Kelly, Nicole (Kristian) Rondeau, Jenny (Brian) Herting, Sarah (Justin) Sinning, Ryan (Betsy) Richey, Tricia (Alex) Baum, Addie (Kevin) O'Connor, Nick Glab, Sam Glab, Gus Glab, Zoa Glab, Holly (Jeff) Johns, Camy (Dan) Berntgen, Kyle (Jackie England) Runde, Katie (Ben) Varley, Adam Luksetich, Michael (Kathy) Luksetich, Jenna Luksetich, Missy (Shawn) Stewart, Mary (Chris) Grant, Emily (Scott) Kaalberg, Vicki (Jason) Berg, Libby Small, Charlotte (Patrick) Carr, Hailey Zillig, Drew Zillig, Ben Zillig and Becca Zillig;

her 36 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Patricia Griego, Dubuque
and R. Bruce McInerney, Niles, OH;

and her four-legged faithful companion,
Charlie.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law, J. Michael Griego.

A Nancy J. Zillig memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Nancy's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, and the University of Iowa, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Nancy and her entire family.