Lue (Lucille) Morf Zurbriggen passed away April 16, 2015 of cancer just two weeks before her 90th birthday, with both her children at her bedside. Born on May 6, 1925 and raised in Sumner, Iowa, she lived in Cedar Falls, IA, Darien, CT and Rockport, TX before spending her last 11 years in Waverly and her final days in assisted living at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Home, also in Waverly.
She is survived by her sister Arlene Steege of The Villages, FL; two children, Susan Taiber (Tom Taiber) of Waverly and Dave Zurbriggen (Teresa Zurbriggen) of San Antonio, TX; seven grandchildren Julie Taiber (Adam Candeub)of Okemos, MI; Joey Taiber (Stephanie Taiber)of Chicago, IL; Anthony Taiber (Molly Miller)of Petersburg, AK; Jonathan Taiber, and Nicholas Taiber (Molly Taiber)of Cedar Falls, IA; Susan Grombacher (Isaac Grombacher)of Austin, TX and Lara Zurbriggen (Justin
Giles) of San Antonio, TX; and thirteen great-grandchildren (Jonah, Lucy and Georgia Candeub; Louis and Miles Taiber; Libby Taiber, Allaire, Gil and Egan Taiber; Julian and Roman Taiber; Nathan and Lily Grombacher. She is preceded in death by her parents, Felix and Etta Messerer Morf, her adoring husband of 62 years, Gordon Zurbriggen and her sister Mae Bigelow.
Lucille attended Iowa State University before marrying WWII naval ensign Gordon Zurbriggen. Together, with love, humor and patience, they navigated their way through the post-WWII world, contributing twice to the baby boom in 1946 and
1949, buying a bakery (she did the books), taking care of her two young children while her husband was working in Greenland, and following him (or was she really leading?) up the corporate ladder at Cedar Falls-based J.S. Latta and Sons school supply , finally retiring in 1978. However, that retirement didn't stick, so she agreed with her husband to open Z's Seven Seas Restaurant and Lounge in Waterloo, IA,
and despite their inexperience with the fickle restaurant business, the hard work paid off and it became successful. A few years later, the retirement bug bit again, so they sold the restaurant and retired to City by the Sea in southern Texas where they ate jumbo shrimp, fished in the Gulf of Mexico, sunbathed by the palm trees, and thoroughly enjoyed a 21 year long vacation.
In every conceivable way, even though she didn't have the titles or the W-2s as was typical for women of her generation, she was Gordon's partner in life and co- responsible for his successes and for raising two well-adjusted, loving, hard- working children. She was an organist, a golfer, an accomplished baker, an active bridge player in several clubs, Trinity United Methodist Church, a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter BC, and a member of the VFW and Amvets. She was a woman of the Greatest Generation, exemplifying sacrifice when needed, fun when earned and hard work always.
Her baking pans, particularly for ground cherry pie, cheesy potato casserole, and oatmeal maple bread, never once left their destination with a single bite remaining. She enjoyed ice cream nearly every day of her life -- which judging by its long length and overall happiness is a remarkable testament to the power and psychological health benefits of ice cream.
Visitation will be held at Kaiser Corson Funeral Home from 5-7PM Sunday April 19th, and a memorial service will be held at 11:30AM Monday April 20 at the Good Shepherd Chapel at Bartels in Waverly. In lieu of flowers or plants, contributions can be made to Linden Place Assisted Living at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Home, Cedar Valley Hospice, or a charity of your choosing.
For her large family and her many friends, she will forever be deeply loved, revered, and admired.