William Zeien

William Edward Zeien

Saturday, August 8th, 1936 - Friday, March 27th, 2020
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William “Bill” Edward Zeien age 83, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Friday, March 27, 2020, at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant.

Bill was born on August 8, 1936, in Beal City Michigan. He was the son of Edward and Helen (Hauck) Zeien. He married Marilyn Thering on August 27, 1966.

Bill’s passions were his family and farming with his brothers. He loved his land, was proud to be an American farmer, and he also worked for Dow Chemical retiring after 35 years of service. Bill also served in the United States Army from 1961-1965.

Bill was a devoted Catholic and was loved by all who knew him. If you ever ate a meal with Bill you could be certain that he was going to pay for everyone at the table. If you ever came to visit his family at home, he was certain to make sure you were offered a drink. Bill never sat idle, he worked harder than most, and he always put his family first.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Carmen (Randy) Bierschbach of Mt. Pleasant, Bradley Zeien of Mt. Pleasant, Jennifer (Rick Pang) Zeien of Houston, TX, and Nicole (Kelly) Rau of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren, Aleah Bierschbach, Lilly, Nolan, and Charlie Rau; siblings, Fred (Mary) Zeien, Steve (Joyce) Zeien, Tereasa (Ron) Lorenz, and Gerald (Chris) Zeien; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Edward and brothers, Joseph, Herman, and Richard Zeien.

Because of the ongoing “Stay Home, Stay Safe," executive order for all Michigan residents, a private service with immediate family only will be held for Bill with Fr. Loren Kalinowski officiating. Bill will be placed to rest at Calvary Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to join the services via a live broadcast of the Funeral Mass on Monday, March 30, at 11 a.m. To do so please visit the webcasting page on Bill’s Book of Memories at or FacebookLive.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor/memory of Bill Zeien:

Sacred Heart Academy

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church

Isabella County Commission on Aging

The Woodland Hospice House
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    Monday, March 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, March 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Because of the ongoing “Stay Home, Stay Safe," executive order for all Michigan residents, a private service with immediate family only will be held for Bill with Fr. Loren Kalinowski officiating. Other family and friends are invited to join via a live broadcast. On the service date and time, you will be able to click on the Webcasting icon below, or you may also attend via our Facebook page
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Gerald Sutterfield

Posted at 06:37am
The Story of Bill Zeiein as told by his family and friends

Bill Zeien was a man many would say was worth his salt. Hard working, industrious, a man who knew the
importance of providing for his family by laboring hard on the floor of Dow Chemical or in the golden fields of his farm North of Mt. Pleasant. Day after day getting up with the dawn and working until late evening, hardly taking a lunch break he’d ask his kids to drop off his lunch in the field where he worked. His energy seemed endless. With God’s grace, Bill made sure his family had what they needed.

But there was more, in addition to spending time with his brother and nephew in the fields he made sure to take his family on vacations across the country he loved, the hills of Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Sunny Florida and the thrill rides of Cedar Point Ohio.

He also found time for his friends and extended family. He and his friend Norm went hunting in the Michigan woods. When you were invited to his home, Bill always made you feel welcome and was full of hospitality. Reach into the cooler for a beer or pull up to the table for a cup of coffee, whatever you were in the mood for... His smile and wry joking were so infectious, whatever cares you had that day, seemed to melt in Bill’s presence. Whatever you had on your mind, Bill wanted to know about it, giving you his full attention and maybe a helpful suggestion or two.

Later in life, Bill found joy in hanging out with his grandchildren, taking his nieces to see the jolly old elf himself at the Midland Santa’s workshop.

And of course, throughout his life, Bill’s beloved wife Marilyn always stood beside him. When God called Bill home on March 27th, Marilyn was there by his bedside holding his hand to make his journey easier. A testament to what we all knew already, how deeply in Love they were..All of us who knew Bill are truly saddened and already miss his presence. Lord we ask that you take him into your Heart.


Gerald Sutterfield

Posted at 02:03pm
Our Love and prayers to the Zeien family, from the Sutterfields.
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Posted at 01:10pm
Good old Uncle Bill, I got to know Bill at a young age because Uncle Bill, my Dad and Uncle Fred farmed together. When I was 9 or 10 Brad and I's job was to watch the Dryer and unload the wagon loads of corn as they brought them in. I loved it, it taught me responsibility and Brad taught me about Ozzy Osbourne, I was hooked, I was a farmer. When harvest was complete that fall, Uncle Bill handed me a box and inside was a watch. Dad got mad at him and said, I thought we agreed we weren't going to pay the boys. I think they wanted to teach us at a young age you don't have to work for money, well Bill couldn't live up to this end of the bargain, I treasured that watch. He was such a kind Man always putting everyone else first. Bill worked at Dow Chemical during the day, when he got home he would rush out & see if you needed any thing and say I'm going to change my clothes, but he didn't change his clothes, he would run in the house and make me a sandwich instead. In turn if we were at my place he would not let me feed him. Uncle Bill loved farming, even in the later years when you knew he was getting tired, he kept working. He would come to the shop, sit in his supervisor chair and jump at the chance of running after parts just to have a chance to have a few laughs with the guys behind the parts counter, even if he just met them, he acted like he knew them all their life.
Bill would always ask me about my kids, how they were doing and what they were up to. Bill was a family man, when someone would ask him about his family, he would light up and tell about how Carman was a school teacher teaching at a catholic school (even though it was Beal City he came to accept it) and when Brad was in the Service, he would tell about where he was stationed and was doing. Jenny starting out as a traveling nurse and climbing that mountain of schooling and knowledge. Nikki on how she landed her big job in the Detroit area and how he was so proud of his grandkids. We all know how much he loved his Marilyn. I always loved his saying, "hey Marilyn" and we all know how much Marilyn loved Bill, her famous saying "that d*mn Bill". Bill Was such a good man and Marilyn's love for him was so strong, most of us would have said sorry about your luck Bill but you are going to a nursing home, but not Marilyn, she kept him at home and took care of him. She is an amazing Woman.
I have been lucky enough to work with what I consider the 3 Wise Men. I have lost one of my Wise Men but God has gained one. We all know Bill is going to Heaven, if not we are all in trouble. I'm going to miss my farming buddy.

Bernie & Amy Bierschbach

Posted at 09:34am


Margo & Mike Merchand

Posted at 06:52pm
Marilyn and family, we are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He truly was a great guy and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. R.I.P. Bill.

Bernie & Amy Bierschbach Posted at 09:34am

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our condolences to the entire Zeien family. Bernie and Amy Bierschbach

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