The Ottumwa Courier


February 26, 2013

Mary Lou Zesiger, 71, Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — Mary Lou Zesiger, 71, of Portage, Mich., formerly of Ottumwa, passed away peacefully Feb. 21, 2013, at home with her sons at her side. 

Mary Lou was born Feb. 2, 1942, in Ottumwa, the daughter of Willoughby and Pauline (Adams) Davis.

On March 25, 1961, she was united in marriage to her loving husband, Jim. Mary Lou spent the next 20 years traveling the United States and the world as an Air Force wife and mother, residing in Mississippi, Alaska, Texas, Florida, North Dakota, Australia and Wyoming. A final assignment led the family to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. Following Jim’s retirement from the Air Force in 1980, the family relocated to Portage, Mich., where Mary Lou was employed for the next 25 years with the W.L. Molding Company.

Mary Lou was an avid reader and enjoyed growing African Violets, crocheting, bowling, garage sale shopping, bird watching and caring for stray cats and tropical fish. Mary Lou cherished time and trips taken with her family and was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Battle Creek, Mich.

Surviving family includes her brother, Jim Davis of West Des Moines; two sons, Richard (Deb) Zesiger of Galesburg, Mich., John (Mary) Zesiger of Portage, Mich.; and four grandchildren, Amy, Andrew, Jessie and Jimmy.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, in 2006. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Raymond Baker.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Center Ave.; Pastor Adam Metzger officiating. Inurnment will be in Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Kalamazoo Animal Rescue.

Please visit Mary’s personalized guestbook at

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