In memory of

Zola Damm

March 1, 1919 - May 12, 2019
From: Sac City, IA
Zola Damm

Zola Damm

Born: March 1, 1919
Died: May 12, 2019
Age: 100
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   Zola Damm, age 100 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City. Zola Fern Von Ahn was born on March 1, 1919, to parents Walt and Sarah (Basler) Von Ahn in Yetter, IA.

   Zola and her siblings were raised in Yetter, IA, until a house fire moved them to Sac City.  She attended school in Lake City and graduated with the Class of 1937.

   On August 28, 1940, Zola married Clarence Ollie Damm in a double wedding with her cousin Margaret at St. Marys Catholic Church in Sac City.  This union was blessed with a son, Monte.  Zola and Ollie resided on the family farm in Breda, IA.  She moved to Sac City in 1984.  In her earlier years, Zola taught country school and would later work at Neumayer Locker for 29 years in Breda, IA.  Her love for sports (avid Iowa Hawkeye fan) also had her running the concession stand in the summers at the Breda baseball fields and the concession stand at the annual Von Ahn rodeo in Sac City.  She was a very hard worker and was not afraid to get her hands dirty.  She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda and later St. Marys Catholic Church in Sac City.  Zola was amazing with a ball of yarn and either knitting needles or a crochet hook.  Over the years, she made numerous items to sell or give as gifts for her family and friends.  Any wedding she attended was gifted an afghan and newborns, a baby afghan.

     Zola recently celebrated her 100th birthday at a gathering that was organized by her family at the church.  She was delighted to see everyone that came to help her celebrate this special milestone.  She was a kind, warm-hearted and loving person who will be missed dearly by her family and all who knew and loved her.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her son Monte (Zelda) Damm of Sac City, IA; grandchildren: Mitchel (Beth) Damm of West Des Moines, IA, and Marissa (Leszek) Marczewski of Sac City, IA; great grandchildren: Andrea Rubendall (Tyler Shipman), Alec (Evelina) Damm and Austin Damm (Maddie Minske); many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

   Zola was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Damm (1972); parents Walt and Sarah Von Ahn; twin sisters Zelfa and Zelda Von Ahn; brothers Rex (Lois) Von Ahn and Duane (Miriam) Von Ahn.

The family has requested that memorials be directed to the Sac County Fair.


Mass of the Christian Burial
11:00 a.m., Thursday
May 16, 2019
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa

Father Joe Dillinger
Father Larry McCarty
10:00 a.m., Thursday
May 16, 2019
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
10:00 a.m., Friday
May 17, 2019
St. Bernard Cemetery
Breda, Iowa


Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:21 AM
“Monty and Zelda and Family.
I am so sorry about Zola. My deepest sympathies. I will be in Iowa soon and would love to visit.
Love Jane”
- Jane VonAhn Pace
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:24 AM
“I have such fond memories of Ollie and Zola visiting at my Grandma Emma Steinkamp's farm in Arcadia, Iowa. Both of their smiles were contagious; and , Grandma loved having them come. Family was so important to Zola and she and Monte made an effort to come to all of the events we planned in recent years for my Mom and Dad (Bud and Bernie Steinkamp). Was always so fun to see them. Some people just make the world a better place; and, Zola was definitely one of them.
Much love and sympathy to Monte and family. Diana and Tom Hoogestraat”
- Diana Hoogestraat
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 12:38 PM
“Thoughts and prayers with all Zola's were so blessed to have her as long as you did...she was such a kind lady”
- Cindy Williams
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:35 AM
“My sincere condolences at the passing of Zola. Some of my earliest fond memories are of times on the farm in Breda. I hold one of her potholders in my hand as I write this. Monte and family you are in my thoughts this week.”
- Danny Oswald
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:35 AM
“Zola always made me feel special maybe because she was my Godmother, but I think she treated everyone that way! She will be missed.
- Joan VonAhn McDonnell
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 6:29 PM
“My heart is just shattered. I'm in tears as I'm typing this. She was a wonderful and amazing woman. Fly high with Angel's. Your not in pain anymore. RIP”
- Jessica Anderson
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