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Willmar Zitzow

December 14, 1923 — October 1, 2022

Willmar L. Zitzow, Fargo, ND entered his Heavenly Home peacefully on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Eventide Nursing Facility with his wife and daughter by his side. 

Willmar was born December 14, 1923, to William & Frida (Thom) Zitzow in Vergas, MN. He attended school in Vergas, Edna Township and Perham, MN. He was inducted in the US Army January 1945 and served 1 ½ years. He married the love of his life, Marie Riewer on March 31, 1945, at Fort Hood Texas. After completing his service, they moved to Minnesota where he joined his father in construction. In 1949, they moved to Fargo, ND where he and Marie owned and operated W.L. Zitzow Construction for 40+ years until his retirement. 

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling, and music: Playing his harmonica, keyboard, yodeling & singing! Willmar & Marie loved to dance! On one trip from Florida to Arizona, they found a place to dance in every state along the way! They spent many winters in Lake Havasu, AZ. One of Willmar's top priorities was spending summers with his family at their lake cabin at West McDonald Lake, outside of Vergas, MN. 

He is survived by his loving, caring wife, Marie, of 77 ½ years; three daughters & two sons: Janice (Keith) Bakke of St. Louis Park, MN; Michael (Chris) Zitzow of Chesterfield, VA; Janelle Sahr of Polson, MT; Mark Zitzow of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and Jo Ann Zitzow of Bloomington, MN; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Elmer (Pat) Zitzow of Big McDonald Lake, MN.
He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; one sister, one son-in-law, Doug Sahr; and infant son, James.

A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 905-1st Ave. S., Fargo, on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation at 10:00. Military Honors & Lunch following the service at the church. Internment at Weimann Cemetery, Vergas, MN at 3:30 following lunch. The service will be live streamed. Please coordinate floral deliveries with the church.

Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service, Perham, MN (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com

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Public Visitation

Saturday, October 29, 2022

10:00am - 12:00pm (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

906 1st Avenue S, Fargo, ND 58103

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Cremation Memorial Service

Saturday, October 29, 2022

11:00am - 12:00pm (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

906 1st Avenue S, Fargo, ND 58103

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Graveside Service

Saturday, October 29, 2022

3:30 - 4:00pm (Central time)

Weimann Community Cemetery

44916 County Road 35, Vergas, MN 56587

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