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Susan Zimmer

Obituary of Susan Mary Zimmer

Susan Mary Zimmer of Libertyville passed away peacefully on the night of Tuesday, October 20th at home, in the company of her husband, her son and her daughter. Sue was born on January 9th 1950, the daughter of Norbert and Juliana (Hanke) Klapperich. She grew up on her parent’s farm in “the Holy Land” in rural Chilton, Wisconsin. She attended St Charles School, New Holstein High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh with a bachelor of science degree. After further training, she began a forty-year career as a medical technologist, serving medical facilities in Fond du Lac, Rice Lake and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But the majority of her career was served as a med tech in the laboratory of Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville. Sue was devoted to fitness. She was a charter member of the Centre Club of Libertyville, where she followed a rigorous, daily fitness routine. She was a strong and determined runner and swimmer, which she turned into her avocation as a triathlete. She was a regular competitor in triathlons across the Midwest and routinely finished at or near the top of her age group. Sue has been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libertyville, where she was active in a number of Parish ministries and served on the Parish Council. The St Joe community was her spiritual home, a home she loved and cherished. Sue leaves behind her husband Tom. They were married on January 14, 1978 at St. Charles Church, Charlesburg, Wisconsin. She is survived by her son Ben and wife Stephanie, their sons Eli and Emmett of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, and by her daughter Liz and her husband Jeff Schmidt and their sons Sam and Lucas, of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. They were and still are, her greatest source of joy. She is further survived by her sisters, Doris Trimberger of Green Bay, Wisconsin and Linda Jo Klapperich of Wasilla, Alaska and brother John, also of Wasilla, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Janice Casper. The Libertyville community has been her home for 35 years, a community she loved. Her smiling face, her determined athletic spirit and her take charge attitude will be missed by her many friends, especially those at the Centre Club. Visitation will be held on Tuesday morning, October 27th at the McMurrough Funeral Home, 101 Park Place in Libertyville. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30am at St Joseph Church, 121 East Maple Avenue in Libertyville. Advance registration is required on the St. Joseph website: https://stjoseph.ivolunteer.com/funeraloctober_027 Due to the COVID restrictions, a celebration of Sue’s life and spirit will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the All Are Welcome Foundation, 1209 Lisa Circle, Libertyville, IL 60048. Sue was an avid reader and writer. Included in her many notes, Sue wrote this encouragement, maybe to herself, but perhaps to those she knew best: “Today is not the day to give up or quit. This is the turning point. The darkness means you are one step from enlightenment or despair. ‘Choose wisely my child; I am here. Call on me. You are not alone. You have everything you need to crossover. My grace is sufficient. You are about to cross a bridge in which you will see that someone or something got you to the other side.’” Friends and family may live stream the funeral mass at https://youtu.be/YrrCV9ldAbM
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Tuesday
27
October

Visitation

9:00 am - 10:15 am
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
McMurrough Funeral Chapel
101 Park Place
Libertyville, Illinois, United States
8473622626
Tuesday
27
October

Funeral Mass

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
121 E. Maple Ave
Libertyville, Illinois, United States