Norman Zimmerman

Norman Emil Zimmerman

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September 17, 1917 – April 12, 2020

Norman Emil Zimmerman, formerly of Slinger, entered into eternal life at the age of 102 on April 12, 2020 at the Gardens of Hartford Assisted Living.

Norman was born to Emil and Katherine (nee Becker) Zimmerman on September 17, 1917 in Slinger, WI. He was baptized into the Christian faith as an infant and confirmed in that faith at St. John’s Evangelical United Church of Christ in Slinger on May 1st, 1932.

He grew up in Slinger and went to Slinger Elementary School. On May 19, 1945, he married Virginia M. Klahn of Greenbush, WI at Zion Lutheran Church in Glenbeulah, WI. In 1950, Norman and Virginia joined St. Paul Lutheran Church in Slinger where they have remained members for the rest of their lives. After years of working on his family’s farm he started working for the Washington County Highway Department in 1950 until his retirement in 1983.

Norman enjoyed spending time taking care of his large garden, doing yard work, tinkering in his garage, sitting on the patio, and playing cards with family and friends. He also loved watching basketball and baseball games, including attending Rock River hardball games that his son and later grandson played in. Norman loved decorating for Christmas and put up thousands of Christmas lights inside and outside his house for which he won the Slinger Advancement Association Christmas light contest more than any other homeowner. He continued to decorate up to the age of 100.

Norman is survived by his loving daughter, Darlene (John) Collins of Hartford; loving daughter-in-law, Jolene Zimmerman of Pardeeville; cherished grandchildren, Lisa Granum, Laura Zimmerman, John Collins Jr., Stephanie (Matt) Sheahan, Daryl Zimmerman, and precious great grandchildren, Austin and Ashton Granum, and Stella, Mya, and Dylan Sheahan. Norman is also survived by a sister-in-law, Geraldine (Calvin) Moths, of Arizona City, AZ and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Norman is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, who recently passed on October 26, 2019, his son, David “Butch” who passed on December 24, 2019, as well as his parents and eight brothers and eight sisters.

A Private Interment will take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Due to CDC restrictions, a Church Service and luncheon will be held at a later date at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Slinger.

Memorials are appreciated to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church (799 St. Paul Dr. Slinger, WI 53086).
Norman’s family would like to express a heartfelt “thank you” to the staff at the Gardens of Hartford for their care, compassion, and loving support as well as to the Kindred Hospice that helped in the last days of Norman’s life. The family would also like to extend a special “thank you” to Pastor Golisch and Pastor Fleischmann.
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    Pleasant Hill Cemetery
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    Hartford, WI 53027
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Posted at 01:22am
Grandpa, you will be missed by all of us but never forgotten. I don't think a day will go by when I don't think of you or grandma. I'll always think of us sharing a birthday for 45 years and the chocolate birthday cakes grandma would make for us. I'll remember you reading the Sunday paper and smoking your pipe. I'll remember going into your garden and seeing everything imagineable planted. I'll remember how you liked watching basketball especially when the high school state tournaments came on. I'll remember you sitting out on the porch listening to the Brewers on the radio or watching them on tv. I'll remember how you were my Euchre and Five Hundred partner for over 30 years. Whenever we weren't getting good cards you new the reason why - your glass of beer was empty! A refill worked almost every time! I'll always remember how great the Christmas lights looked not only on the outside of the house but on the inside too. Grandpa, you always said life is what you make it. I'd say you did a pretty good job of it.
John Collins Jr.

Cindy & Joe Zimmerman

Posted at 05:45pm
Our deepest sympathies for all of you. Norman was a great man and will be missed by all he touched.
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Sherra Burg

Posted at 11:51am
Norman was an amazing neighbor! And we miss him so much already. My prayer's got out to the family. Who has lost so much in such a short time. But, we know Norman is at peace with the lord. And of course the love of his life.
Tim, Sherra & Tommy Burg

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