In an era that way too many people are constantly complaining about how other people interact with them...what they deem as negative - I admire all the great interactions I find Manning people had during their lives with so many of the other citizens around them.
Even with the limited amount of pictures I am able to feature in these tributes to people who have passed away, they give a good idea of how many lives these people touched.
Then consider the family members of that deceased person...they interacted with hundreds more people. This basically defines what a community is like and I see a tremendous amount of POSITIVE interaction and community involvement in the pictures I'm able to feature for the various tributes.


Rita Zerwas
June 7, 1928 - July 23, 2019


Rita with her daughter, Jennifer


Mass of the Christian Burial for Rita Zerwas, age 91, of Manning, will be 10:30 AM on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Sacred Heart Church in Manning with interment in Sacred Heart Cemeter in Manning.
Visitation will be from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning, with a Prayer Service at 7 P.M.


Fourth Grade Teacher: Rita (Theobald) Zerwas
Back: Delores Ahrendsen, Darlene Eckholdt, Ruth Ohde, Carol Vollstedt, Patty Sextro?, Susan Paulsen, Shirley Venteicher, Priscilla Hiatt, Susan Jansen, Barbara Vollmer
Front: Judy Wegner, Linda Fisher, Janice Jensen, Marcia Martens, Marilyn Bogatzke, Berneil Antone, Marilyn Sonksen

1951 Fifth Grade Teacher: Rita (Theobald) Zerwas
Back: Miss Rita Theobald, Ron Bromert, Phil Knaack, Larry Rix, Ron Mohr, Sharon Schrum, Nancy Loftus, Donna Mundt
Middle: Mary Frahm, Linda Paulsen, Linda Warner, Shirley Beckman, Mary Jentsch, Julia Johnson, Dave Sextro
Front: Paul Hass, Joel Grundmeier, Edward Neubaum, Sandra Dammann, Linda Heithoff, Ron Vogl

Twin sisters

Rita & Theresa Theobald

Between 1948-51

Theresa Theobald - 5th, Rita Theobald Zerwas - upper elementary combination, possibly Myra Hansen


Rita Zerwas 6th grade, Theresa Theobald 5th grade (1949-50)

From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book.


Francis J. and Rita Zerwas were married on July 8, 1952, at St. Mary's Church in Mapleton, Iowa. Francis "Frisco" James was born November 27, 1922. He was the youngest of four sons and two daughters born to Philip and Agnes (Brunnier) Zerwas of Manning. Rita Marie was born June 7, 1928, to John and Mary (Hupke) Theobald of Mapleton, Iowa.
Francis spent most of his life in Manning except when he attended Iowa State University and was a pilot in the Navy Air Corps during World War II. The Zerwas family was in the telephone business that they sold in 1967, to United Telephone Company. Francis continued to work as area manager until his retirement in 1982. He was active in community affairs: fire department (chief), Rotary Club (president), city council, county ambulance board, golf course board, director of Manning Trust and Savings Bank, charter member and director of the Development Corporation, and Sacred Heart Church council. Francis passed away February 5, 2004.
Rita grew up in Mapleton, Iowa, and attended Wayne State College in Nebraska. In 1949, she came to Manning and joined her twin sister, Theresa, teaching in the Manning School District. Rita taught full time for one year in Ida Grove and four years in Manning. She was a substitute teacher in the Manning schools for over 35 years. Rita belongs to several clubs and does volunteer work in the community. She also sang in the Sacred Heart Church choir and taught CCD for many years.
Four children were born to this union: Jennifer, Jessica, Bradley, and Joanna.
Jennifer married Robert Beck, son of Harold and Alice Beck, in Manning on October 12, 1974 and was the recipient of the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999. They currently reside in Omaha, Nebraska, where Bob is a barber and Jennifer teaches in the Omaha Public Schools. The couple has three children. Stephanie is a teacher in Omaha. Brian is working toward his master's degree in geology at the University of Iowa. Katie is a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in business. She was a member of the 2002 U.S. Junior Curling Team that captured the world championship in Canada.
Jessica married Gary Graner, son of Ross and Darlene Graner of Manning, on August 14, 1976. Jessica is a CPA and works at Creighton University. Gary teaches in the Omaha Public Schools and is the head basketball coach at Burke High School. They have four children. Matthew attended the University of Iowa and is now a senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha studying engineering. Steven is a sophomore at Loyola University in Chicago. He is studying pre-med and plays on the soccer team. Michelle is a junior at Burke High School, and Allison is a sixth grader at St. Pius/St. Leo School.
Brad graduated from Iowa State with a degree in architecture and from Drake University with his masters in business. He lives in San Diego, California, where he works as project manager of construction at General Services Administration (GSA).
Joanna married Jim Wanninger son of Billy and Lue Wanninger of Manning, on May 28, 1988. Both graduated from the University of Iowa. Joanna works for Central Financial Group. Jim works at General Casualty Insurance Company. Jo and Jim have two children: Scott a sixth grader and Rachel a third grader; both attend school in Johnston, Iowa, where the family lives.


Jennifer Zerwas MHS 1972


1966 Deb Schroeder, Jessica Zerwas - (MHS 1974)


Bradley Zerwas - (MHS 1977)


Joanna Zerwas - (MHS 1984)

Children of Phillip and Agnes (Brunnier) Zerwas

1980s Sister Agnese FSPA (Alice Zerwas), LeRoy, Eugene, Sister Mary Philip (Phyllis Zerwas), Frances


Francis Zerwas - MFD 1954


Francis Zerwas - WWII


Francis Zerwas & LeRoy Zerwas - WWII


Francis Zerwas - WWII


Francis Zerwas (right) Manning Telephone Company 713 Third Street owned by the Zerwas family
Telephone switchboard installation January 1956
Kellog Switchboard & Supply Company, Des Moines, Iowa

Francis Zerwas standing upper right
Phil Zerwas kneeling lower right


Phillip Zerwas


Frances Zerwas - Save More grocery store in background (now Plastico)


Frances Zerwas, Rita Zerwas, Mildred Joens (Ben's wife), Martha Hagedorn
Bowling party in Saunder's Steak house north room


Brian Joens 34, Brett Monson, Brad Zerwas 44 - MHS vs Denison 1977

1951 Fifth Grade

Back: Miss Theresa Theobald, Dave Peters, Bernard Jones, Dennis Grimm, Barb Johnson, Jeanette Fink, Glen Ahrendsen
Middle: Beverly Dalgety, Hans "Junior" Bonnesen, Sharon Niederfank, Susan Rowedder, Sam Musfeldt, Gary Monson, Marilee White
Seated: LaVina Seals, Roger Reinke, Betty Hoffman, Larry Handlos, Sylvia Vollstedt

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