Victor Zweber

June 12, 1934 ~ June 4, 2021 (age 86)


Memorial services for Victor Zweber, 86, of Aberdeen will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.  Pastor Diane Hoines will officiate.   Inurnment will take place in Homer Cemetery, Pierpont.

Victor Marvin Zweber was born on June 12, 1934 at his parents’ home at 323 South Boyd Street, Aberdeen.  He was the ninth child born to V.M. and Mary (Kunert) Zweber.  Although he lived in several cities and small towns throughout his lifetime, he claimed that a chunk of his heart always belonged to Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Vic was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Church in Aberdeen.  In 1973, he became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen and later transferred his membership to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Pierpont, S.D.

Vic attended Catholic and public schools in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1952.  Following graduation, he attended Business College in Minneapolis, and then returned to Aberdeen to work as a carpenter.  Vic built grain elevators for his father’s business, the V.M. Zweber Construction Company.  As a young man seeking adventure, he lived and worked in California, Salt Lake City, Utah and Minneapolis before returning to Aberdeen which was always “home” to him.

On July 30, 1970 he was united in marriage with JoAnn Stolsmark of Pierpont.  Their first home was in Aberdeen.  Later they lived at Pierpont and rural Groton.  They were currently at home in Aberdeen.

Vic worked a variety of jobs and occupations, but found his niche when he discovered his talent in salesmanship.  He sold farm equipment – red, yellow, orange & green as a salesman for Implement Dealerships in Claremont, Langford, Pierpont and Aberdeen. He enjoyed equipment sales and getting acquainted with farmers throughout the area, but he simply LIVED for each new day selling cars.  His career in automobile sales was with Harr Motors, Aberdeen, S.D.  He was often referred to as the “guy who never met a stranger” and he never forgot people he met nor which vehicle he sold to which customer.  

Vic had a wonderful singing voice, which he exercised during his two favorite activities -- in the kitchen where he spent a lot of time cooking up some very wonderful gourmet meals or at a piano bar, particularly the Piano Bar at the Super City Rhine Lounge, with Evie Lord at the piano.  Another favorite pastime for Vic was dancing, especially waltzing – waltzing across the world would have made him happy.  Vic and JoAnn traveled in many areas of the world, starting with their first trip to Niagara Falls.  They visited most of the United States but missed some the of the New England states, which remained on the “to do” list.  They made four trips to Japan, traveled to Canada, Mexico, Monte Carlo, France, Italy, Jamaica and Monaco. 

Vic is survived by his wife JoAnn, two daughters from an earlier marriage, Catherine Moncrieffe, Karen Berry and husband Tony Broom all of Portland, Oregon, three granddaughters, Lauren Modica, Rachel & Alice Modica Russell and Naomi Modica, one grandson, David Moncrieffe III, two great-grandsons, Cassius and Quincy, a sister-in-law, Alma Zweber of Yankton, his Stolsmark in-laws, Brad, Rod & Roger and many Zweber and Stolsmark nieces and nephews. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, 4 brothers, Girard, Gerald, Raphael and Joseph and 5 sisters, Susanne Morris, Amalia Poets, Catherine Zweber, Carol Schwab and Mary Gonsior, his parents-in-law, Joe and Irene Stolsmark and brother-in-law, Orlo Stolsmark.

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