Erma K. (Wiest) Zier

Erma K. (Wiest) Zier, 88, died at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., on April 28 from natural causes.

Her body has been donated to the University of Washington, School of Medicine, for education and research.  Her cremated remains will be buried at a later date with graveside services to follow.

Erma was born in Conrad on Jan. 18, 1926 to Jacob and Rosa Wiest and grew up on the family farm east of Brady.  She attended Rock Coulee, a country school, until its closing.  Starting in the fourth grade, she attended Brady schools, graduating from Brady High School in 1943.  Following high school, she worked in Stockton, Calif., in the Ordinance Depot during World War II.  She moved back to the family farm to help harvest the fall crop and then moved to Great Falls and worked at the East Airbase.  In the fall of 1945, she enrolled at Montana State College, now Montana State University.  Majoring in nursing, it was her dream to become a registered nurse. Unfortunately her funds ran out and she moved to Conrad to work.

At 21, Erma married the love of her life from age 15, William Zier, on June 8, 1947 in Conrad.  They were happily married for 66-1/2 years before her passing.

Erma was a very talented seamstress.  She learned to crochet at a very young age.  She also enjoyed knitting, embroidering, tatting, quilting, and various other hobbies.  She loved gardening and working in her rose bed.

In 2005, Erma and Bill moved to Renton, to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband Bill, daughter Kathy Rosse, son-in-law Steve, all of Renton, Wash., one granddaughter Dr. Stephanie Rosse, future grandson-in-law Keith Bien of Snohomish, Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


She is preceded in death by her three brothers Albert, Otto, and Ted Wiest.