After a long and happy life, Edward J. Zimmers, 95, found peace on July 10, 2009. Born in Racine, Wisconsin, on July 11, 1913, son of the late Hubert and Lucy Zimmers, Ed graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1931 and the University of Notre Dame in 1935.
After working at S.C. Johnson’s for several years, he invested in his own wood molding company, DeLuxe Woodcraft. Throughout the years, thousands of children have worn themselves out riding Giddy-Ap hobby horses created and manufactured by the company. Ed’s favorite leisure activities included golf, bowling, playing the horses and the clarinet and… a good martini! He looked forward to a weekly game of golf with friends up to the age of 90.
He played clarinet in the N.D. orchestra and later with the Racine Park Board Band for nearly 40 years. As a young couple, Ed and Julia, his beloved wife deceased in 1999 and originally from Oklahoma, loved to dance to the tunes of Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller and others. Ed and Julia also enjoyed traveling to distant parts of the globe. After retiring, when Ed wasn’t bending metal in his workshop creating metal sculptures, he was selling them at local art fairs in Racine, Milwaukee and Madison, as well as exhibiting in Paris, France.
What he treasured most in the world was his family, and he is survived by his three children, Malilee Elis of Paris, France, Herbert (Mary) Zimmers of Fox Point, Wisconsin, and Tighe (Noreen) Zimmers of Chicago, Illinois. A first son, Hubert, died in 1939. Ed is also survived by his grandchildren, Julien, Alexander (Sylvia), Emily, Neal (Yumiko), Colin and Therese, and his great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Lucy and Honoka.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Ron Gramza at St. Richard’s of Chichester Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Ave., on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Kinzie Avenue. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at St. Richard’s between 9 and 10 a.m. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center for their compassionate care this past year and a half.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine, (262) 634-7888