Patricia June Zwetzig, 83, of Gering, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Heritage Estates in Gering. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Reverence Funeral Parlor in Scottsbluff with Pastor Andrew Griess officiating. The family invites everyone to dress casually as Patty would want everyone to be comfortable at her memorial and celebration of life. Cremation has taken place in accordance with her wishes. The service will be livestreamed and recorded to Patty’s obituary page viewable at www.reverencefuneralparlor.com. Memorials may be made in care of the family.
Patty was born June 24, 1939, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Emanuel and Edna (Schleicher) Frank. She attended school in Scottsbluff graduating with the class of 1957.
She married Howard W. Zwetzig on August 24, 1958. They shared a life together on the farm in Minatare, Nebraska. Howard worked for the Lockwood Corporation before enlisting in the Air Force in 1962. The couple was stationed in Lubbock, Texas and later Fairfield, California. It was there they welcomed their only daughter, Kelly, into the world. They returned to Scottsbluff and Howard again worked for Lockwoods, getting transferred to Othello, Washington in 1967. Howard passed away unexpectedly while in Washington and shortly after Patty moved home to Scottsbluff to raise their daughter.
Patty attended some college classes before eventually finding her passion within the insurance industry. She worked for several small agencies before settling with J.G. Elliott Insurance Company. She served hundreds of individuals with their insurance needs during her tenure. Patty was in her 70s when she retired from J.G. Elliott after 40 years in the industry. Never one to let the grass grow beneath her feet, she was always willing to acquire new skills and held many side jobs throughout the years in a range of industries. One of her closest friend’s family owned a beauty school and you could find Patty doing nails on weekends at the family-owned salon. She learned to do bonds during her time in the insurance field and applied her college classes in accounting as a side business for select trucking clients.
She was excited to announce the birth of her granddaughter, Jordyn, in 1990. On any given day you would find her cooing, reading, playing a game, pitching a ball, and generally having fun with what she considered the best last half of her life. Patty went to every concert, game, musical, and was Jordyn’s biggest cheerleader. She especially loved her great-granddog, Dakota, and had a special picture of her made for beside her bed. She asked about Jordyn and Dakota every day until the end.
She was a voracious reader and at one time had over 2000 books in her collection. Patty was overjoyed when she learned she could access nearly any book she wanted from her iPad. She always tried to stay up to date on technology as she got older just so she had the ability to read new books. She also learned how to Zoom and navigate other social media outlets to keep in touch with family and friends, especially when her granddaughter moved away. Patty was reserved, but those closest to her received the pleasure of her fun and goofy personality. She liked making those she loved happy with her humor.
Survivors include her daughter, Kelly (Jonathan Schubauer) Zwetzig; granddaughter, Jordyn (Bryan Rose) Zwetzig; sister, Eldrie Frank; brother, Emanuel (Sharol) Frank; brother-in-law, Rodney (Christine) Zwetzig; sister-in-law, Sandy (Steve) Margheim; nieces and nephews, Clint Laeger and Teri Laeger, Jon Frank, Lori Frank, Shawna (Gary) Krause, Amy Zwetzig, Heather Beck, Craig (Michelle) Zwetzig, Jill Zwetzig, Stacy Margheim, and Scott (Kathy) Margheim; close family friends, Gail Hobday, and Tammy, Bill and Paris Green.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother-in-law, Ellis; her mother-in-law and father-in-law; and special family friends, Paul Hobday and Larry Hobday.