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!


Condolence & Memory Journal

Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. (James 4:8)

Posted by Mario    November 24, 2015

Bill and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Alice Passmore - Plymouth, MA - old friend   November 16, 2015

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes the treasure. Please watch over Lisa and may you both rest in peace.

Posted by Renee Glaspie Bane    November 11, 2015

It comes with great sadness after reading of the passing of one of my mother's best friends. Our thoughts and wishes to all the family. All-though no relation, I always considered Phyllis to be part of my mother's family! Peace to all at this time!

Posted by John & Donna Reichardt - Solon, IA - Friend   November 11, 2015


Steve & Jan,

We are sorry to learn of your Mother's passing and we send our sympathy to you and your family. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during the difficult days ahead.

John and Dawn Soukup Eckrich

Posted by John & Dawn Eckrich - Iowa City, IA   November 10, 2015

Bill, Steve and Vicki
Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Posted by Steve and Lynda Hayslett - Iowa City, IA - Friends   November 10, 2015

When I would stay with My Uncle Eldon and Aunt Margaret Kesselring, Steve and my cousins and myself were always riding bikes, playing football and just hanging out in the yards. It was a memory that has stuck with me all these years. I know Don's sister, Donna thought very highly of Phyllis when they worked together at the Institute of Public Affairs. She was a good Boss to her. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Posted by Marcia Kesselring Steckly - Wellman, IA - friend   November 10, 2015

I remember Phyllis as one of mom's oldest/long-time friends (they met at City High)--also, a photo, long gone now, of them acting silly for the camera as high school girls.

Posted by Bill Russell - Minneapolis, MN - friend   November 10, 2015


Jan and family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Love Sara

Posted by Sara Sanger - Davenport, IA   November 09, 2015

Dear Jan and Family
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, she was one of my favorites! I remember the time I went on your summer vacation for a whole week with you and your family, what a great time. I still remember going into that stately hotel and having catfish, just your mom, you and me. I too loved her laugh and I never saw her angry, what a wonderful lady and now you have great memories of her. I loved how devoted she was to your Dad, it was very sweet and they were great role models for this young teenager growing up. Thank you Mrs. Zinkula for all the memories! May God bless you and your family in this sad time and may He bring you comfort.

Posted by Linda Burkett-Kron - Iowa City, IA - Friend   November 09, 2015

Bill, Steve and Janice

So sorry for the loss of you wife, mother and grandmother. She was and always will be a special Lady. Our prayers are with you

Posted by Dale and Alicia Bream    November 09, 2015


Zinkula Family:

We are very sorry to hear of your recent loss .. I have many great memories of playing cards and watching her beloved Cubs at their Iowa City home.. I know that she will be missed but you had many great years with a great mother and grandmother. RIP Grandma Z

Bill Nash Family

Posted by Bill Nash Family - North Liberty, IA - Friend   November 09, 2015

Stevie, Todd, Lynnette and your families--I am sorry to hear the news of Phyllis' passing. I know she meant a lot to you and your kids. Take solace in each other, and knowing she is at peace. --Shannon and Deirdre

Posted by Shannon Hubler - Portland, OR - family friend   November 09, 2015

You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you struggle with the lost of your wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Phyllis was a lovely lady and we feel blessed to have known her. May you find peace with the memories you hold in your hearts of all those special times.

Posted by Bob and Betty Bream - Coralville, IA - friends   November 09, 2015

Please except our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts and may God hold you in his arms and heal the sorrow that you feel.
I will always remember Phyllis by her infectious laugh. What a wonderful and caring woman who will be greatly missed!

Posted by Becky (Reichardt) Bergmann - clarence, IA - my mothers friend   November 08, 2015


My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. My childhood memories include the times our parents would get together. (John and Betty Russell from Coralville. My brothers are Steve, Bill and Allan). I miss those times which seemed less complicated and full of good times! Your Mom's laughter always made me smile. She was always such a positive person! Be well family and know you are in prayers this day.

Posted by Jim Russell - Cedar Falls, IA - Friend of Family   November 08, 2015

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