Dorothy Zimmerman

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Funeral services for Dorothy Zimmerman, 94, of Clifton were held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Clifton under the direction of Pastor Clint Schofield. Dorothy Zimmerman peacefully left this life on Nov. 18, 2013, at Lutheran Sunset Ministries in Clifton. She was born Dorothy Juanita Schulze on Sept. 14, 1919, in the Norse community. Her parents were Adolph and Belinda Belle Matson Schulze. She was one of four children: Voleta (Mrs. Ben Trotter); Dennis, and Ruth (Mrs. Clyde Sanders.) She was baptized at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. J.K. Rystad on Jan. 1, 1920. On June 3, 1934, she was confirmed there by the Rev. P.E. Thorsen. She graduated with honors from Cranfills Gap High School in 1937. She attended Clifton College for one year, studying business courses. On July 6, 1941, she married Eldon Lee Zimmerman. He was inducted into the US Army on April 16, 1942 and served in North Africa and Italy until his discharge on Nov. 6, 1945. During these years, she worked in the office of Clifton Mercantile and at Farmer’s State Bank in Clifton. After the birth of their two sons, Stephen Dennis and Harvey Lee, she continued to work at Goodall-Witcher Clinic and hospital, Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home, and Gearench Mfg. Co. In 1942, the couple transferred their membership from Our Savior’s to Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton where she served in many capacities: Sunday school teacher, choir member for more than 40 years, various offices on the congregation council, women’s organizations and on Conference boards and offices. In July 2000, they transferred their church membership to First Presbyterian Church in Clifton and enjoyed many blessings in their association. They worked in various areas of the congregation and participated in the choir. She served on the Board of Directors of Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home for 16 years, various offices in Clifton Civic Improvement Society and Clifton Study Guild. She served as secretary of Lutheran Brotherhood Branch 8223 and Communicator for Aid Association for Lutherans. After retiring from office work in 1975, she enjoyed time spent in volunteer work, domestic and foreign travel, reading, crossword puzzles, bridge and other games, and time with friends. She especially enjoyed their two sons and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eldon; brother, Dennis who was killed at Salerno, Italy on Sept. 13, 1943; sisters, Voleta Trotter and Ruth Sanders; nephew John Trotter and brother-in-law Clyde Sanders. She is survived by sons Stephen and wife, Barbara Zimmerman of Victoria, and Harvey and wife, Della of Pottstown, PA; grandchildren, Eric and Lee Ann Zimmerman of McKinney with great-grandsons Grant and Kyle Zimmerman; Erin and Barry Williams of Frisco, with great-granddaughter Maya Williams; and Geoffrey Zimmerman of Pflugerville; Step-grandchildren include Adam and Virginia Chesser of Missouri City with children Brandon and Ashley Chesser; Aaron and Katherine Chesser of Johnson City TN with children Ava, Lauren, and Claire; niece, Tracy Bailey, and nephew, David Sanders both of San Antonio. Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Sunset Ministries, or the charity of choice. Clifton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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