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Beverly "Bev" (Phillippi) Zimmer

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Zimmer (Phillippi), Beverly

Beverly Zimmer (Phillippi) of Appleton, age 78, died on April 12, 2014 at Rennes Health Care Center. Bev was born in Richland Center, WI on June 8, 1935, the only daughter of Oliver and Hilda Phillippi. Bev grew up in Fond du Lac until 7th grade when her family moved to Medina where her family owned the Medina General Store and Bev attended the one room school house for 7th and 8th grade. Bev graduated from Appleton High School in 1953. As a senior in high school, Bev was diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent the next 16 months in the Riverview TB Sanitorium in Kaukauna.

Bev received a Degree in Dental Hygiene from Marquette University Dental School in Milwaukee in 1956. She loved being a Dental Hygienist and was proud to have worked for 42 years in her profession.

On August 10, 1957, she married Francis "Fran" Zimmer and they were married for 49 years until he passed away in June of 2007.

Bev was very active in the Lady Elks as the treasurer for many years and loved playing bridge, wintering in Florida with Fran and the Naples gang from Appleton. She also enjoyed her travels with Fran in their RV, camping, and tailgating at Lambeau Field for the Packer games - but most of all, Bev cherished the time she spent with her 6 grandchildren, attending their sporting and musical activities. Bev was also a member at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Bev is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Boyd) Chessman and their daughter Kayla; three sons: Michael (Candace) Zimmer, and their daughters Rachael and Audra; John (Deb) Zimmer, and their son Jack; and Tom (Tina) Zimmer, and their sons Drew and Nick; 3 sisters-in-law: Jeri Phillippi, Chattanooga, TN, Carol (Steve Reed) Zimmer, Aurora, CO, and Dottie Zimmer, Stratford, CT; 3 brothers-in-law: Paul (Pat) Zimmer, Tampa, FL, Fred (Pat) Zimmer, Appleton, and Dan (Theresa) Zimmer, Thousand Oaks, CA. She is further survived by many wonderful nieces, nephews, and was blessed by many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fran, her parents, 2 brothers: Robert (Margaret) Phillippi, and William Phillippi; daughter -in-law, Carolyn Zimmer; 2 brothers-in-law: Edward Zimmer and Fr. Ellis OFM Cap. and 3 sisters-in-law: Rita (Richard) Gruentzel, Joanne Lemoine, and Irene Zimmer.

A Memorial Mass will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 500 W. Marquette St., Appleton, with Fr. Thomas Farrell officiating. Friends may visit at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund for causes dear to Bev's heart has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Rennes Health Care Center, Touchmark on West Prospect, ThedaCare at Home Hospice, and the Martha Siekman Cancer Center for the compassionate care given to Bev.

Mom, you were our rock. You raised four children and helped provide for the family as well. You and dad were awesome role models, leading by word and by example. You both live on in us. Mom, you are now receiving your reward and are reunited with dad.

Grandma, you left this world with 10 roses in your hands. One rose from each child and one rose from each grandchild. You waited until we were all with you to say goodbye. You were always very thoughtful like that. You were also very supportive of all our activities and adventures. Thank you for creating such a loving family full of love, laughter and jokes! Goodbye Grandma, we love you to the moon and back. Tell Gumpy we miss him!


Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Apr. 14 to Apr. 16, 2014
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