|Freda Zimmerman Soper
February 5, 1915–August 22. 1947
|Services were held Sunday at 2:15 at the Smykil Home for Funerals and St. Paul's American Lutheran Church for Mrs. Freda Soper 32 who passed away Friday morning at Mercy Hospital. Rev. H. L. Bushing pastor conducted the service. Burial was at Antioch Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lawrence Otten, Irvin Hovet, Arthur Marek, Henry Hartman, Jess Conrad and Curt Sutton.
Freda Anna Zimmerman, seventh child of Mino Zimmerman and his departed wife, Sophia Dirks Zimmerman was born on February 5, 1915 at Center Jct., Jones Co, IA. Her child and girlhood years blossomed into womanhood in the parental home on an agricultural residence near Olin where she was industriously trained for the American way of life by assisting in the home and farms many tasks, attending the elementary grades of Olin consolidated School and continuing on through two grades in the high school.
To start her on the religiously narrow way to eternal life, the Lord adopted her as His own through faith in the Gospel of Christ's death for our offenses and His resurrection for our justification and calling it unto her in Holy Baptism on February 16, 1915 at the Wayne Ev. Lutheran Church with the hands of the sainted pastor C. Mardorf. Followed a two year course of thorough Bible study she gave her hand and heart at a Lord's altar to that faith on her Confirmation Day of May 27, 1928 under Pastor Matthias. Several years ago she was granted membership in St. Paul's American Lutheran Church.
Her married life was solemnized by the Lord on August 26, 1933 when she and Horace Soper were united in marriage. Out of this pledge four children were born, now bearing the names of Betty Lou 13, Donald Ray 11, Donna Mae 8, and Joanne 5, reared and cared for of late years by the mother unto her death.
Highly blessed by the Lord's powers of preservation she was given retained health throughout her pilgrimage until on Thursday, August 12th, when it appeared illness of an unreleasing nature presented itself, necessitating hospitalization on August 14th, which however, together with medical science and care, could not prevent her passing away early Friday morning 6:45 AM in the presence of her brother and sister, after reaching the age of 32 years 6 mos and 17 days. During her brief illness, three heavenely ministrations were bestowed upon her by her pastor through the word and prayer and on the last night of her life on earth, she was given the high Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Her departure is mourned by her four children, her father Mino Zimmerman, her stepmother Mrs. Mino Zimmerman of Anamosa: five brothers, Louis Zimmerman of Clarence, August and Minehart of Olin, George of Hale and John of Cedar Rapids. Five sisters: Mrs. L. M Frankfurt and Mrs. Margaret Housman of Anamosa, Mrs. Marion Byers of Olin, Mrs. Dick Luck of Oelwein and Mrs. Robert Paulsen of Chicago, many other relatives and a host of friends and neighbors.
For the past few months's she had been employed at Gordon's Grocery Store as a clerk.
Submitted by: Donna Merrick