THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Patricia A. Zimmerman
Issue Date: March 15, 2019
Patricia Ann Lewis Zimmerman, 82, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 at a local Green Bay nursing home.
Born March 13,1936 in Green Bay, to Lawrence and Zelda (Verheyden) Lewis, as a child she moved around a lot. She attended schools in Oconto, Oconto Falls, Duck Creek, Morgan and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1954. In 1955, she moved to Green Bay and married Wayne Zimmerman on July 28,1956 and they shared 62 years together. They had four children, two of which preceded her in death.
She worked for the Green Bay school system at the "Old" Norwood elementary school and then at Brown County Library where she was known as the "Mending Doctor". She will be remembered for her dill pickles, her never empty cookie jar and the many crafts she shared with family and friends.
They retired in 1997 and were never home after that, traveling to Civil War battlefields, Presidential museums and libraries, to Minnesota and Michigan to visit children and grandchildren and to all the casinos in between. A highlight was their tour of Alaska to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Even after her stroke in 2005, they still were on the go, by car, bus, plane, train and ship and in the end by wheelchair.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; a son, Bruce (Brenda) Zimmerman; a daughter, Carol (Keith) Oelke; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Gloria Murphy and many nieces and nephews who always included them in their family celebrations.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, W.C. Van; a brother, Roger; two sons, Daniel in 1957 and Fred in 2002; a sister-in-law, Colleen Swenby; three brothers-in-law, Darwin Zimmerman, Howard Murphy and Paul Swenby and special traveling friends, Cy and Jackie Krajewski and Sandy and Harold DeMoulin, both of Green Bay and Chuck Erler and his late wife Pat of Hemet, Ca.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay from 2 p.m. until time of a funeral service at 4 p.m., with Rev. Paul Pett officiating. A memorial fund has been established.