Mary Ann Zierden


Mary Ann Zierden, 92, of Melrose, formerly of New Munich, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family March 20, 2024, at CentraCare-Melrose Care Center in Melrose. Mary Ann was called to heaven 29 years to the day that Edzie passed. They are together again, at last.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.  

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 10-10:45 a.m. March 27 at the church. Parish prayers were at 4 p.m. March 26 followed by a rosary at 5 p.m. by the St. Anne’s Christian Women and Catholic United Financial. 

Mary Ann Zierden was born June 17, 1931, in New Munich, Minnesota, to George and Mary (Raeker) Koenig. She attended school through eighth grade. She married Edzie Zierden Oct. 5, 1957, in New Munich. Mary Ann was a housekeeper and cleaned the church and various businesses and homes in New Munich.

Mary Ann was an avid gardener, taking care of her many vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed Sunday drives to view the fall colors and traveling to Arizona, Florida, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Mary Ann loved to play Yahtzee and 500 Rummy with family. In her years at Pine Villa, she enjoyed playing bingo, 6-5-4 dice game and embroidering pillowcases and kitchen towels until arthritis was too much for her to keep going. But, above all, Mary Ann loved her family and friends most. 

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Catholic United Financial and St. Ann’s Christian Women.  

Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Zierden of Brainerd; grandchildren Doug (Erin) Zierden of St. Cloud, Tony (Heather) Zierden of Bemidji, and Amy (Josh) Meyer of South Haven; and great-grandchildren Riley, Mady and Carter Zierden, Brionna and Lily Zierden, and Donovon, Arianna and Courtney Meyer; sisters-in-law Theresa Koenig of Sauk Centre and Sister Geraldine Zierden, O.S.B. of St. Cloud; and brother-in-law Rich Hoppe of New Munich. 

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Koenig; husband Edzie Zierden March 20, 1995; son Kenny Zierden Feb. 6, 2011; daughter-in-law Mickey Zierden June 8, 2020; daughter Lori Zierden Feb. 18, 2024; brother Ed Koenig July 7, 2022; and sister Flossie Hoppe Sept. 22, 2023. 

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.