Merry A. Dalrymple
1940 - 2021
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Merry A. Dalrymple

Sheboygan - Merry Dalrymple, age 80, of Sheboygan passed away, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls. She was born December 26, 1940 in Fargo, North Dakota to Winifred and Francis Dalrymple. She spent her childhood in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

She graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 and earned a Master of Arts degree from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan in 1978. She taught Physical Education in Humboldt, Iowa for two years. While in Humboldt, she coached girls' golf and her team competed in two State Meets.

She came to North High School to teach Physical Education in 1966. She was Department Chairperson for many years. She was the pioneer in girls' basketball and girls' swim team. She coached 12 years girls' basketball and 25 years girls' swim team and 2 years boys' swim team. She coached 14 teams to FRCC Conference Championship in girls' swim and one Conference Championship in girls' basketball. Synchronized swimming was developed under her leadership at North High School. In 1979 she taught swimming and set up a competitive swim program in Heidelburg, Germany for the US Army children.

Merry taught CPR and First Aid for the American Red Cross in the community for years. In the summer she taught swim lessons for the American Red Cross in the county and swim lessons for the Sheboygan Recreation Department. She received the Clara Barton Award from the Red Cross. She was a Big Sister with the Big Brothers and Big Sister, working with 4 different little sisters. Merry drove for the Office on Aging for people who needed rides to doctor appointments. She also delivered for Meals on Wheels.

Merry loved to knit and everyone loved her dish cloths. She also knit winter caps for different charities.

She loved playing Mah Jongg and laughing with her friends before the virus.

Merry loved to play golf and was in many leagues over the years at Town and Country, Riverdale and Quit-Qui-Oc…She was very lucky to have a hole in one across the river at Town and Country.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Joan, and brothers Grant and John.

Merry is survived by her sister in laws and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and one great, great nephew and many, many good friends and her Howards Grove and Sheboygan Family of Pat & Cathy Whitty and their family, Caitlain, Kyle & Carly Decker and Tyler, Kristina & Miles Whitty.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name.

Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Zimmer Westview Funeral & Cremation Care Center, W2132 Garton Rd. Sheboygan, with Pastor Warren Waddell officiating. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the FUNERAL HOME. Covid 19 guidelines will be followed with masks being required and social distancing of 6ft.

If you are not able to join us Merry's service will be livestreamed at 11:00 AM on Tuesday on her obituary page at www.zimmerfuneralhome.com.

A special thank you to Cathy & Pat Whitty and special friend Jackie Hill for all the help and care these past few months and to Cherri and Dave Smith and Yolanda Klocow for all their help and care with Winnie. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Sharon S. Richardson Hospice for all their care, compassion, and support.

Big D has left the pool!

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Published in Sheboygan Press from Apr. 14 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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April 20, 2021
Miss D. was Super. She had a passion for swimming and teaching first aid, and truly cared about us. I have many wonderful memories from being part of North High Swimming in the 80's. She had a great laugh and often couldn't keep a straight face with all of us girls. I recall the pasta parties at her house as being especially fun. She made me a better swimmer, and a better person. I feel lucky to have known her, and offer my sincere condolences to her family.
Jessica (Fischer) McFadden
Student
April 19, 2021
Someone once said “A truly great teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.” Merry will live on in the lives of so many....My condolences to friends, family, co-workers and students.
Jeanne Bitkers
Coworker
April 19, 2021
I am sad to see that Miss Dalrymple has passed. She was a great Phy-Ed teacher and a kind person. I never knew how many accomplishments she had and how she continued to serve others. A couple years ago I had lunch with her and other friends and we all had a fun time. RIP my friend.
Ruth Madson
Friend
April 18, 2021
Great gal and friend...also, very funny. Will be missed.
Chris Kopetsky
Friend
April 18, 2021
To Mary’s family and friends : she always had a smile on her face . My daughter Jude who was disabled became the swim manager in 1981 and Mary helped her to soar .
She left a legacy to all she taught snd now she’s free of discomfort . May the memories you shared get your through this time of grief . With sympathy , Claudette Forss
Claudette forss
Acquaintance
April 16, 2021
Very sad to hear the news, just saw Merry in the pool recently where she always had a smile on her face. I think she really enjoyed seeing all of the students (now mostly older adults) that she taught and coached. What a great person and teacher, she will be remembered and missed.
Sincerely,
Monica Kroeff Wind NHS 82
monica k wind
Friend
April 16, 2021
I really did enjoy my friendship with Merry D. She was a giver and one of her greatest gifts was laughter. She was sincere, had a caring spirit and always went the extra mile.

We had mostly lost touch in these last years yet when we met up it was like we’ve never been apart. I enjoyed hearing her stories and vice versa.

I remember one spring her good friend Judy Dittman and I went to a Basketball Clinic at a hotel near O’Hare. We had a good time driving down, attended session session that evening then I awoke first in the morning and peered out the window. It was beautiful! The sun rose over the trees far in the distance then I remembered it was April 1. I quick closed the curtains and moaned ‘Oh a snow storm! They both moaned and just rolled over. I could hardly contain my laughter but managed. It seemed like an eternity but finally when we got up one of them looked out and was shocked! Of course I shouted “April fool!” We laughed so hard and long and it felt more like Spring!
Jan Conwell
Friend
April 15, 2021
What I will always remember about Merry is her smile and the way she could laugh - a deep sound filled with joy!
nancy buhr
Coworker
April 15, 2021
I had Miss D for lifesaving class. A wonderful lady and she will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her.
Paul Waters
Student
April 15, 2021
She will always live on in my mind. I will never forget having to save her in HS life-saving class. You had to put your back to her in the deep end of the pool and without warning she would jump on your back and take you down under the water. My short little life at the time passed in front of my eyes!
Jmoore
Student
April 15, 2021
Well Merry Dalrymple has indeed left the pool. Thanks "Miss Dalrymple" for all those laps we swam, over and over. She told me and Patty Holman if we didn't do a synchronized swim to Swan Lake she would jump in the North pool and do it herself. Goodbye Miss Dalrymple.
Trisha Shinners Class of 1978
Student
April 15, 2021
She was my P.E. teacher 74-76. She was a good hearted person, always loved what she did.
Debora Nash
Student
April 15, 2021
Will miss you, Merry, in the KSC pool and luncheons at Rjverbend.
Joan Kramer
Friend
April 14, 2021
To know her was to love her.
Barb Shinners Oppeneer
North Class of 70
Barb Oppeneer
Student
April 14, 2021
Merry was not only a great coach but a great person as well. She seemed to remember all the kids that she had coached. Whenever we ran into her, she always asked how our girls were doing. We will miss her and her contagious laugh.
Susan Zylman
April 14, 2021
This woman changed my life. She convinced my parents to let me go to college. I spent 9 years as the head coach a the University of Conn. women’s gymnastics team and was a National Gymnastics judge. Today I am an attorney in NY. If it wasn’t for her, my parents did not want me to go away to school....
Geri Henle
Student
April 14, 2021
Miss D was my swim coach and PE teacher many years back-more than I wish to admit. She also coached my sisters Jessica and Angela and taught at North with my parents Harlan and Kathy Fischer. All I can say is Miss D was “just super!” She will be missed and will have a lasting impact on many.
Bethany C McCurdy
Student
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