Theresa H. (Zeiner) Kreifels, age 89; formerly of Nebraska City, NE passed away on Sunday; June 5, 2016 at the Pleasant View Lutheran Home in Ottawa, IL.


Theresa Helen (Zeiner) Kreifels was born on March 23, 1927 at the family home south of Nebraska City, NE; the daughter of Carl and Theresa (Ramold) Zeiner.  She attended school and graduated from St. Bernard‘s Academy (Lourdes Central Catholic) with the class of 1945.


Shortly after graduation, Theresa was united in marriage to Donald J. Kreifels on August 1, 1945 at St. Benedict‘s Catholic Church in Nebraska City, NE and to this union three children were born:  Carleen, Donna and Les.


Donald and Theresa farmed near Nebraska City for many years.  She was a housewife and homemaker and member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.


She is survived by her children:  Carleen Plog of Frisco, TX, Donna Burns and husband Jim of Skiatook, OK and Les Kreifels and wife Annette of Marseilles, IL; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; a sister Monica Prim of Overbrook, KS; brothers and sisters in law:  Vernon Kreifels, Kenny Kreifels and wife Pauline and Mildred Schreiter all of Nebr. City; Pat Kreifels of Bennett, NE, Rosita Kreifels of Falls City, NE, Darlene Kreifels, Jim Kreifels and wife Pat and Alvin Czeschin all of Lincoln, NE; other family and many friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband Donald on May 28, 2002, and sisters:  Irene Beccard and Rosemary Scharp.


A Memorial Mass will be held Friday; June 17, 2016 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City with Fr. Mark Cyza celebrating the Mass.  Inurnment will follow in St. Benedict’s Cemetery.


Memorials may be given to the Nebraska City Rescue Squad.


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Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City is in charge of arrangements.