Larry L. Zielke Monday, April 7, 1941 - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Larry Zielke, 76, of Eau Claire, passed on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, surrounded by family at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 7, at SS John-Bernard Catholic Church in Benton Harbor. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m., with a prayer service at 2 p.m., on Sunday, August 6, at Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire, and online messages may be left at Memorials may be made to the church or to Catholic Family Services. 

Larry was born April 7, 1941, the son of Julius Jay and Mary Alice (Burton) Zielke. He was a lifelong resident and farmer on the Zielke family farm in Pipestone Township. He worked at Industrial Rubber in St. Joseph, welded at Clark Equipment in Benton Harbor, and retired from the Painters Union at Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman. Larry belonged to SS John-Bernard Catholic Church and volunteered for the Lions Club of Eau Claire. He stayed close with school friends, meeting for lunch every Thursday at the Pour House in Coloma. He enjoyed going to local festivities and fairs. Larry and his wife spent their winters in Stuart, Florida. He was a devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and brother-in-law. He brought great joy to those who loved him.

Larry is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jean (Culver) Zielke; children: Dr. Susan (Michael Balmes) Lentz, Elaine (Douglas) Rohdy, Kenneth (Laura) Zielke, Cherie (Randy) Schriner, and Andrea (Cal) DeVries; sister, Linda (George) Dohm; grandchildren: McKenzie (Matthew) Bronson, Matthew Rohdy, Jeremy Rohdy, Nathan Rohdy, Ashley (Dane) Nelson, Robert Seageren II, Aimee (David) Veldt, Scott (Diane) Schriner, Kyle Schriner, Derrick Schriner, Steve Glavach and Connor Glavach; one great-grandson and five great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Join us on August 6, 2017, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Prayer service at 2 p.m.

Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 East Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111

Join us on August 7, 2017, 10 a.m. Monday

St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 East Delaware Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Our sincerest sympathy to the Zielke family. Larry was a great neighbor and friend. Loved his smile! He will be missed dearly.

A difficult loss for such a great family. Our thoughts are with all of you. So sorry for your loss.

So sorry to hear this. Prayers to all of Larrys families. Growing up on Oxbow Rd,  I knew Linda & Larry.  RIP my friend!! 

Prays to Mary and the rest of your family. Will miss you at family gatherings. Rest in peace big man.

Dear Mary and family - Ken and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family.  Sincerely with love, Kenny and Margie Karn

My deepest condolences to the entire Zielke family, I will miss running into Larry at the most unexpected places... I consider myself fortunate for being a part of his family. Love always,  Stacy (Cobb) Rathgeb

Andrea, I am so sorry for your loss.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  God Bless, Steve Heilig



So sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family. Ed and Cindy Maloney

What wonderful memories we have of Mary and Larry! Faithful friends, dedicated family man. The world is better,and so are we for having known him.