Phyllis May Zeimet

  • Born: February 24, 1939
  • Died: June 10, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Phyllis May Zeimet, 80, passed away June 10, 2019, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Memorial Services of Iowa in Ankeny. A visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., prior to the service.

Phyllis was born on February 24, 1939, in South English, Iowa to Willard and Mable Morris.

She attended high school at Des Moines Technical High School. She married John "Jack" Zeimet on October 31, 1959, and they were blessed with four children. After Jack's tragic death while serving in the US Army in 1966, Phyllis went on to raise her children alone. It wasn't until 2014 that she met the second love of her life, Clair Wepel. They enjoyed many hours at the Senior Center in Ankeny with friends, driving around the countryside, and lots of meals together in the evenings chatting about their favorite things; for Phyllis, they were her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her faith.

Phyllis is survived by her children; Matt (Vicki) Zeimet, Mark (Kris) Zeimet, Suzanne (Randy) Brekke, and Alicia Flemmens. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, Clair Wepel, and two sisters: Alberta Brannen and Carol (Roy) Rouse.

She was preceded in death by her husband (John), son (Michael), her parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Polk County Senior Center in Ankeny, Iowa, in her name.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We have know Phyllis for years. She was a regular at our restaurant. We immediately realized we shared the same faith in Jesus. Years later, we ended up worshipping at, and belonging to the same church. Also, spending Winter months in Texas. We just saw her two weeks ago and said I love you. While yet sad that she is gone I know she loved Jesus and is in Heaven. You will be missed dear friend.

Posted by Greg & Cheri Smith - Des Moines, IA - Friend   June 17, 2019

I worked with Phyllis at Ruan she was very good to work with an became a friend. May God bless her family as they go through this hard time .

Posted by carlene reece - summerville, SC   June 16, 2019

Losing and old friend once again gets no easier. Thank you, Alicia for contacting me even though it was to share such sad news. Loved your mom and consider her my oldest but most wonderful friend. We had some good times and I will treasure those memories always. We laughed a lot and we cried together when Jack was killed and when she lost her youngest son, Mike. I like to think both were there to welcome her home. My heart breaks for you and all that knew and loved her. Miss you ,my friend, see you again one day.

Posted by Bobbi Danforth - Smith River, CA - Friend   June 15, 2019

I knew her well. We lived next door to each other and always enjoyed early morning talks with coffee at the end of the driveway. She was a very nice lady and will be missed.

Posted by Kristi Finney - Des Moines, IA - Friend   June 13, 2019

We had the privilege of meeting Phyllis only a few years ago, but immediately fell in love with this beautiful lady. What a thrill it was to discover that we found a long lost sister in law! Even though we got together only a handful of times, we felt we've known Phyllis for decades. Her passing will leave a huge hole in our hearts. Prayers to her lovely children & their families in the days ahead. God bless you all.

Posted by Monica & Kirby Clark - Spirit Lake, IA - Family   June 13, 2019

I worked for Phyllis back in the mid-'80's I think when she was in the Driver Trip reports section at Ruan Transportation (not sure of the department name now). It always amazed me how a driver went from Nebraska to Illinois and have no miles in Minnesota, Missouri or Iowa to get into Illinois.

Then I joined the Ruan A/P team in 2001 and worked closely with her there. She became a beloved friend and co-worker. We had many laughs in the lunch room during break, having our "popcorn break" parties.

God bless you, Phyllis May Zeimet. RIP. You will be missed. I wish I had kept in touch a bit more, but isn't that always the case? You were a fine, young lady.


Posted by Len Hall - Knoxville & Des Moines, IA - Coworker   June 13, 2019

Phyllis was a great friend who will be greatly missed at the Ankeny Senior Center. I will miss all our talks at the Senior Center and will miss one of my new found friends.

Posted by Dale Bayliss - Ankeny, IA - Friend   June 13, 2019

Alicia, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of your precious mother. I have wonderful memories of visits with you and her back at Des Moines Baptist. Those were the good ole days! Keeping you and your family in my prayers! Love, Karen

Posted by Karen Ramsey - DES MOINES, IA - Friend   June 13, 2019

Keeping the family in prayers. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kris Parks - Friend   June 13, 2019