Theresa M. Biwer
May 16, 1910 ~ November 16, 2008
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.