1931 - 2021
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ELGIN - Myrtle R. "Myrt" Zimmer, age 90, passed away on Mar. 31, 2021. She was born Mar. 14, 1931 in Cincinnati, OH to her parents, Charles and Hilda Lindeman. Myrt grew up in Cincinnati. As a child, she always wanted to have some kind of ball in her hands. Her mother couldn't understand this, and wondered why Myrt didn't want to play with dolls and such like the other girls. Instead, Myrt played baseball, and was often picked first to play on a team with the boys. Her older brother wasn't very happy when she was picked first, but after awhile he got used to it! She could really run and throw and hit! Myrt graduated from the Univ. of Cincinnati with a degree in Phys. Ed., which she taught for 20 years. Myrt met her husband, Richard, when cheerleading at a basketball game. They were married 43 years; she was a wonderful homemaker and mother to their children. Myrt stayed active, playing women's softball in Elgin for many years until she decided to quit after breaking her wrist sliding into home plate at the age of 65. She also took up golf at age 34, joining a women's league at Bonnie Dundee where she has played ever since. Oftentimes at a golf outing, she would come home with a long drive trophy. Myrt loved being outdoors, whether it was playing sports, boating, or working in her garden. She also enjoyed quilting with her friends at First United Methodist Church of Elgin. She especially loved spending time with her family and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Myrt was preceded in death by her parents, Charles G. and Hanna Hilda Lindeman; husband, Richard A. Zimmer; and brothers, Charlie and Louie. She is survived by her children, Tony (Barb), John (Sonja), and Jan (Dwayne); grandchildren, Jane (Matt), Sam (Tai), Luke, Nathan, Seth , Rebecca (Dustin), Valerie (Ryan), Amy, and Michael; and great-grandchildren, Leo, Regen, and Everlynn. Visitation will be 5-9pm, with service at 7pm, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin, IL. Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

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Published in Daily Herald on Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 7, 2021
I love you Miss Myrtle, gonna miss you always ,
The love and friendship you gave me is one of a kind
I'm honored to have been part of your life.
Love you always, Virginia Thompson
Virginia Thompson
April 4, 2021
I loved Myrt! She was a wonderful friend to my mother and always listened when I needed someone to talk to. She was one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever known. I will always remember her beautiful smile.
Patti Ziros Oester
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