Theresa M. Biwer

theresa biwer
Theresa M. Biwer, age 98, of Elma, died on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Theresa Marie Biwer was born on May 16, 1910 to Stephen and Mary (Brinks) Rosonke in Alta Vista, IA. She attended school at Immaculate Conception School in Elma, graduating in 1929. Theresa worked for families in the Elma area. Theresa was united in marriage to William Biwer on November 19, 1935 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma. The couple farmed near Elma until they moved into town in 1974. She was employed by People Savings Bank in Elma for 15 years. Theresa enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, quilting, playing cards and games with her grandchildren and family. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Rosary Society and Friends and Neighbors Club. Theresa is survived by her five children Marie Biwer of Eau Claire, WI, Elaine Schmitz of Waterloo, IA, Dorothy Schmitz of Ionia, IA, Rose Marie (Chuck) Hickey of Rochester, MN, Dan (Judy) Biwer of Elma, IA; one daughter-in-law Judy Biwer Zumbrota, MN; 20 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William Biwer on August 25, 1995; one son William; son-in-laws Robert Schmitz and William Schmitz; a grandson Michael Schmitz; two grandsons and a granddaughter in infancy; three great grandchildren; three brothers Joseph, Henry, and Lawrence (Fritz); a sister Elizabeth Biwer. Cemetery: Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Elma with Theresas grandchildren and great grandchildren serving as casketbearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00PM to 8:00PM on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 with a 4:30PM rosary and a 5:00PM scriptural wake service at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30am, Thursday, November 20, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma with Father Kenneth Glaser as officiant. Barb Boyle will be the organist and the congregational hymns will be Only a Shadow, Precious Lord Take My Hand, Be Not Afraid, Prayer of St. Francis and On Eagles Wings.

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  1. What a long life! May she take god’s hand and walk directly into heaven! Our sympathy is with all the family!

  2. My prayer is with Theresa and the family at this time. I hold many memories of our visits as youth and treasure the stories of our heritage that Theresa shared over the years. Truly her reward shall be great in Heaven. My sympathy to the family. Sr. Rose Zita

  3. Theresa was a beautiful person and we sincerely loved having your parents as long-time neighbors and friends. I am truly grateful for all the time I spent with Theresa learning how to quilt, be a better gardener and the baking of cinnamon rolls. Billy was a joy, he would always dance a jig, cuss a few words, share amusing stories and use his spitoon. I especially like the time Theresa got mad at Billy for constantly missing his spitoon, took the spitoon out to the driveway and ran it over with the car, then she put it back on the livingroom floor by his chair. When Billy went to spit the next time he noticed it was flattened, he asked Theresa what had happened and she said he couldn’t hit the hole before so she made a bigger target for him.

    We loved your parents. How blessed you were to having two such caring individuals.

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