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Esther Barbara Zinda, 97

Esther Barbara Zinda, age 97, of Stevens Point, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at North Crest Assisted Living.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Esther at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 800 4th Ave., Stevens Point. Rev. Arul Joseph Visuvasam will officiate. Friends and family may gather to share memories from 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday in the St. Faustina Room at church. A general rosary will be prayed for Esther at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at church. Burial will be held at Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Esther was born in the town of Stockton on June 1, 1922, the daughter of Ben and Martha (Krudzicki) Wanta. She attended St Peter Catholic School until 8th grade. On November 16, 1942, Esther married Albert Zinda at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point. 

Esther worked in food service at UWSP and was a wonderful housewife, seamstress, and baker with everyone asking for her delicious poppy seed torte and lemon pie. Her baked bread was heavenly. She was a member of many organizations: St. Peter Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of America, and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.

Esther is survived by her two sons, Jim (Connie) Zinda, and Lewis (Chris) Zinda; three daughters, Judith (Clarence) Blaskowski, Cathy (Leonard) Guzman, and Pat (Paul) Schultz; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert; parents; son Jerome; two sisters, Gertrude Ziolkowski, and Johanna Meronek; and three brothers, Ernie, Stanley, and Dennis Wanta.

Esther’s family would like to give a special thanks to all the staff at North Crest Assisted Living for their love and support, and to Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.