Zimmerman, Hans Anthony age 28, of Minnetonka, passed away December 26, 2012. Our beloved Hans passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends, having been able to enjoy Christmas with his family at home. Hans was a relentlessly brave, generous, thoughtful, sincere, devoted, forgiving, humorous, intelligent, ambitious, passionate, and inspiring young man. Throughout his life, Hans enjoyed animals, soccer, martial arts, music, art, technology, and cooking. Graduating with honors from Benilde- St. Margaret's School in 2003, he received a standing ovation, along with the distinguished President's Award. Most of all, Hans greatly loved spending time doing anything with his family. He was loving, a joy and an inspiration to his parents, siblings and nieces and nephews. Hans Zimmerman was a remarkably gentle person, always kind and considerate to the people who cared for him. Incredibly witty and always giving toward others, Hans could bring light to any room. Everywhere he went, he put a smile on people's faces and touched them with his calm dignity and deep respect for all. At the time of his death, Hans was surrounded by members of his family, Deacons Clarence Shallbetter and James Peterson, and several of the doctors who had come to know him. A lifelong resident of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Hans is survived by his loving parents, Joanell and Frederick M. Zimmerman; his brother, Frederick J. Zimmerman and his wife Sarah Stein; his sisters, Carita Zimmerman and her husband Peter Ekola, Christina Ristau and her husband Steve, and Brigitte Zimmerman; and his nieces and nephews Emma, Peyton, Cooper, Ira, Julius, and Fiona. The funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, December 31, at 11 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 13505 Excelsior Boulevard, Minnetonka. Visitation will be held December 30, 4:30-7:30 PM at Huber Funeral Home in Eden Prairie, and December 31, 10-11 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Memorials preferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, Minneapolis Children's Cancer Research Fund, or Animal Humane Society. We wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who has prayed for Hans and for our family over the years. We also thank the numerous community members who provided assistance when we needed support, service, and renewed faith. We could not have made this journey without you.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.