Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. Friday, October 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will follow the lunch at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Elrosa.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Rueben Joseph Zenzen was born June 24, 1949 in Melrose, Minnesota to George and Ernestine (Ritter) Zenzen. On September 14, 1973 he married Jean Schmidt at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Rueben retired on July 29, 2011 after 35 years working as an electrical lineman at Stearns Electric Association. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and the United Steel Workers Union #8392. Rueben enjoyed outdoor activities including, hunting, fishing, driving four-wheeler, and spending time at the new cabin. He was a people person who loved being around others, especially playing with his grandchildren. Rueben also enjoyed his morning cup of coffee.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Zenzen of Melrose; children, Jamey Zenzen of Barnesville and Briana (Carl) Worms of Melrose; grandchildren, Taylor Swenson, Hunter Zenzen, Kaden Zenzen, Carsyn Worms, and Kendra Worms; brothers and sister, Donna (Paul) Jenc of Long Prairie, Harold (Carol) Zenzen of Elrosa, and Donald (Judy) Zenzen of Elrosa.
Rueben was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Lindsey Marie Zenzen on August 5, 1982; and infant sisters, Dorothy Zenzen and Doreen Zenzen.
Serving as casket bearers will be Michael Zenzen, Harry Zenzen, Rick Schroeder, Kevin Seifermann, Perry Schmidt, Charlie Eisenreich, Tyler Schroeder, Sam Schmidt, and Donald Zenzen. Cross bearer will be Hunter Zenzen and scripture bearer will be Taylor Swenson. Gift bearers will be Kaden Zenzen, Carsyn and Kendra Worms. Honorary bearers will be Stearns Electric Lineman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.