Elsie Marie Zimmerman age 91, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning January 20, 2022 at Shady Lane Nursing Home in Manitowoc.
She was born the youngest child to Joseph and Emma (Rous) Opichka on September 14, 1930 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
She married Elder Zimmerman on September 12, 1950 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Manitowoc. They were married for 51 years before Elder passed in 2002.
Elsie worked at several different companies in the area throughout her working years. She enjoyed taking vacations with her family, and going up North to their cabin to visit with family and friends especially during hunting season. She very much enjoyed her Sunday rides in the countryside enjoying the beauty of nature and getting a bite to eat before returning home. Elsie also greatly enjoyed gardening; often sending produce home to whoever stopped in. Most of all she enjoyed time spent with her grandsons and great granddaughters. They could always put a smile on her face.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Alice Zimmerman of Manitowoc; two grandsons, Marc and Sherry Zimmerman, Janesville, Wisconsin, and Ryan and Sara Zimmerman, Whitelaw, Wisconsin; two great granddaughters Emma Rose and Clara Marie of Whitelaw. She is also survived by one sister Evelyn Post of Sheboygan Falls and several nieces and nephews.
Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Elder in 2002, great granddaughter, Brianna Marie in 2015, her parents, Joseph and Emma Opichka, sisters; Agnes (George) Neuser, Marcy (Francis) Rauens, Lillian (Ted) Bushman, Clara (Thomas) Rauens, brothers; Emil (Nona) Opichka, Darwin (Betty) Opichka, Ray (Lorraine) Opichka, Louis Opichka, and her brother-in-law, Darwin Post. Elsie was also preceded in death by her Father-in-law and Mother-in-law; Frank and Anna Zimmerman, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Gustave, Carl, Ervin, Leonard, Norbert, Ruth, Dorothy, Frieda, Mickey, Clara, Jeanette, and their spouses.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, 4638 Expo Drive, Manitowoc.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday January 25, 2022 at Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, 4638 Expo Drive, Manitowoc. Officiating at the service will be Deacon Al Boeldt. Entombment will follow at Knollwood Mausoleum in the town of Kossuth.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff on the fourth floor at Shady Lane, as well as Sharon Richardson Hospice for their gentle, sincere, and compassionate care given to Elsie.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.lendmanfh.com
The Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.