June 13, 2023 at 1:21 p.m.

Wayne R. Zenzen

Wayne R. Zenzen
Wayne R. Zenzen


Wayne R. Zenzen, 69, of Melrose, passed away June 11, 2023, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Arockiya Newton officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. June 16 at the church.

Wayne Richard Zenzen was born Oct. 4, 1953, in Melrose, to Edwin and Selestia (Enneking) Zenzen. Wayne graduated from Melrose High School in 1971 and graduated from Alexandria Technical College in 1973 in the field of accounting. Wayne farmed all his life, taking over the family farm, which was in the family since 1890. He took pride in his crops and his dairy/beef cows.

He married Shirley Habiger Sept. 9, 1978, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Wayne was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Wayne enjoyed traveling out west, reading, especially when it came to history, and drawing up plans for building projects.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Shirley Zenzen of Melrose; children Matt (Missy), Mark, Beth and Ashley (Jens); granddaughters Julia and Amy; brother Art (Marilyn) Zenzen; sister Carla (David) Peschel; sister-in-law Sharon Slack; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Selestia Zenzen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Catholic School or cancer research.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.




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