|Mary Kathleen "Kathy" James Zimmerman
June 24, 1937 – August 5, 2016
|Mary (Kathy) Kathleen Zimmerman, 79, of Olin, Iowa, died peacefully at Anamosa, Iowa, August 5, 2016.
Her funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church in Olin. A visitation was held on Tuesday from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Olin. Burial was held at Olin Cemetery. Lahey Funeral Home in Olin assisted the family.
Born June 24, 1937 to Cecil James and Lucy (Pillard) James. Kathy grew up with her large family on a farm at Wyoming. Iowa.
Kathy began her college studies in 1956 at University of Iowa and graduated from Iowa State Teachers College three years later with her Bachelors degree in Teaching. Years later she extended her education with a MBA in Counseling from University of Iowa. She went on to teach in elementary, 4th grade, in Colo, Olin and Mechanicsville.
After raising her children, she returned to Olin to teach high school. She took a break in 1982, and opened Anamosa Art and Tole where she taught painting classes. She missed being with children, however, and finished her career in public education as the elementary/high school Counselor in the Lisbon School District.
Children were her passion. She donated her time to spiritual growth in music, nursery, elementary and high school youth work at St. John Lutheran for decades.
In retirement she sold real estate for Warren Wortman Reality, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She had a great love for her cats, especially Maggie and Punkin.
Kathy was preceded in death by two daughters, Alison Zimmerman and Heather (Zimmerman) Salter.
She is survived by her husband Ken Zimmerman; daughters Erin Zimmerman and Amy (Zimmerman) Aamodt (Doug Aamodt); sons Jon Zimmerman (Amy Planz) and Troy Zimmerman (Irma Zimmerman); thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandson; as well as sisters Ruth (James) Siebels, Onalee (James) Crocker, and Susan (James) Nichols.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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