Armbruster, Carmen J.
Carmen (Zimmermann) Armbruster, 46, of Viroqua, Wis. died on Dec. 21, 2012 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
An evening visitation will be held at Rembs Funeral Home in Marshfield, Wis. from 4-7 pm Friday, Dec. 28th and again on Saturday from 9:30 am until time of services at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John's Catholic Church in Marshfield at 10:30 am Saturday, Dec. 29th with Fr. Sam Martin and Fr. Bill Dhein officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at the St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery in Coon Valley, Wis.
Carmen was born in Marshfield on July 25, 1966 to Bernard and Betty (Haupt) Zimmermann. She attended St. John's Elementary School and graduated from Columbus High School in 1984. She attended college at UW-Marshfield Center and UW-Madison where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in graphic arts. She returned to Marshfield where she worked at Keel Photography, and later, at Nelson-Jameson Inc. where she worked as a graphic artist.
In August of 1993 she married John Armbruster of Chili, Wis., and the couple later moved to Southwest Wisconsin where John teaches social studies at North Crawford Schools in Soldiers Grove. They eventually settled in the Westby/Viroqua area where Carmen started her own graphic design business-Green Leaf Graphics.
In 2002, Carmen was diagnosed with late-stage metastatic breast cancer which spread to her brain in 2003. Facing slim odds to live, she mounted an inspiring battle against the aggressive disease and lived another decade, despite five more recurrences of brain cancer. She refused to be defined by cancer and many people were often surprised to learn that she was ill.
Carmen excelled as an advertising designer and artist, but her pride and joy were her two sons, Matthew, 14, and Joe, 11 who will dearly miss their beautiful mother.
Along with her husband and sons, Carmen is survived by her mother, Betty of Neenah, Wis., her brother, Bernard Zimmermann II and his wife, Kathy of Menasha, Wis., and her sister, Nicole Zimmermann of La Grange, Ill. She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard.
Auntie Carmen will be greatly missed by her nieces, Amanda, Madison, Eva and Zoe, her nephews, Bernard III and Tyler, her goddaughter, Julianna, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Carmen's family would like to thank their friends in Westby, Viroqua, the North Crawford School District, St. Mary's Church in Coon Valley and their wonderful neighbors on Three Chimney Rd. for all their support during Carmen's struggle against cancer.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Dec. 26, 2012