Death of Zelda Morse
Mother-In-Law of the Rev. Jean Morse
In Memory of
Zelda Morse
April 22, 1925 - Nov. 5, 2019​​​​​​​

We received news of the death of Zelda Morse, mother-in-law of Western Iowa Synod rostered leader, Rev. Jean Morse.  Pastor Jean serves Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

Zelda Lucille (Gutz) Morse, age 94, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona.  Zelda was born on April 22, 1925 to Theodore and Louise (Ripke) Gutz. She grew up with two brothers and five sisters in Buena Vista County, Iowa, where her fondest childhood memory was riding a horse and buggy to school in the snow.

At just eight years old, she met the love of her life, Norton Morse. He won her heart by simply offering her a stick of gum. They were married ten years later, on June 27, 1943, shortly before Norton shipped out to join the war in the United States Army.  Together, they raised eight sons on a farm in Storm Lake, Iowa.

 A memorial service was held Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, with burial at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake.