Rosa M. Zingsheim, 70

Rosa  M. Zingsheim, 70 , of Port Washington died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee from complications of pancreatic cancer.

She was born Dec. 2, 1940 in Nandaime, Nicargua, to Victor Romero and Josefana Sandino de Romero. She left home at age 14 to train as a nurse in hospitals operated by Carmelite nuns in Bluefields and Puerto Cabezas.  She came to the United States  on July 4, 1960, and worked at Carmelite orphanages and nursing homes in Michigan, Indiana, Missouri and Milwaukee.  On May 24, 1960, she married Joe Zingsheim at St. Vincent De Paul Church, Milwaukee, and moved to Port Washington in 1975.  She worked at St. Luke’s Medical Center for nine years and retired from Simplicity Manufacturing after 24 years.

She became a U.S. citizen and was proud that after completing the citizenship course at Shorewood High School night school, she was more knowledgeable about U.S. government and civics than many native-born citizens.

She was an excellent cook/baker and avid crafter in sewing, embroidery, crochet and knitting. She was a very vocal presence at her granddaughter’s soccer games. She was a member of the Port Washington Women’s and Garden clubs and special friends with the Grafton Yarn Store Knitters. She is survived by her husband, Joe; daughters, Ana (Rich) Farnsworth of Grafton and Yolanda (Paul) Horwich of Milwaukee; granddaughters, Gabriella, Olivia, Mercedes, Marcella  and MariAna; her sister, Milena (Tom) Thelen of Milwaukee; and brothers in California and Nicargua.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Mercedes.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1619 Washington St., Grafton, with Father Mike Barrett officiating.  Friends may call at the  church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the services.

Special thanks to doctors, nurses and staff at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee, Aurora Grafton and St. Luke’s Medical Center 3EF, MRICU and 12th floor oncology.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mary’s Parish Honduras Twinning Project, 409 Jefferson St., West Bend, WI  53090, are appreciated.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at