Phyllis J. Zinkula

  • Born: January 16, 1927
  • Died: November 7, 2015
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Phyllis J. Zinkula, 88 longtime resident of Iowa City died Saturday, November 7, 2015, in her home surrounded by her family with the support of Iowa City Hospice.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until services on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in her memory to Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @

Phyllis Jean Coulter was born on January 16, 1927, in Clarinda, Iowa the daughter of William and Grace (Gilmore) Coulter. When at the age of 5 her family moved to Iowa City where she attended Iowa City schools graduating from City High School. Phyllis married William K. Zinkula on July 12, 1947, here in Iowa City. For over 30 years she worked in the secretarial field for the University of Iowa , many of those in the Institute of Public Affairs Office.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Church Circle. Phyllis was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary, she enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, and spending time at the Casino. But most dear to her heart was her family, she loved them dearly and her life was devoted to them!

Her family includes her husband, Bill; children, Steve and his wife, Vicki Zinkula of Marion; and Jan Zinkula of Iowa City; grandchildren, Lynnette Poula (Mitch), Wendy Bream, Todd Zinkula (Lisa); and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Lisa Bream; and 2 brothers, Richard and Jerry Coulter.

Phyllis's family would like to thank everyone at Iowa City Hospice for their compassionate care of not only Phyllis, but all of our family too!