Geraldine Frances Zimmer

January 10, 2019

Geraldine Frances Zimmer

April 11, 1932-Jan. 5, 2019

Geraldine Frances (Svoboda) Zimmer, 86, of Bellwood, passed away on Jan. 5, 2019, at Saint Joseph’s Villa in David City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Bellwood. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, with a 7 p.m. parish rosary at the church. Additional viewing will be from 9:30 until the time of service on Wednesday. Interment will be at Sts. Peter and Mary Catholic Cemetery with lunch following at the church social hall. Memorials can be directed to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Masses, or St. Joseph’s Court and Villa.

Geraldine was born April 11, 1932, to Albin and Cecilia (Aerts) Svoboda. After graduating from David City High School, Geraldine attended normal training, and taught grades K-8 in a one-room school in rural Butler County. Geraldine married Carol Zimmer on Aug. 27, 1956, and began supporting her husband in their farming operation near Bellwood. She became active in the Bellwood Saint Peter’s Parish, teaching CCD, and as a longtime member of the Altar Society. Geraldine was also a 4-H club leader in the Bellwood area for many years, while participating in the Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) organization. Geraldine had a love for family, flowers, and quilting.

She is survived by her husband, Carol Zimmer; son, Larry (Cindy) Zimmer of Bellwood; daughters, Janet (Duane) Mulligan of Columbus, and Amy (Gregg) Shonka of Lincoln; grandson, Brian (Angie) Zimmer of Lincoln, great-grandchildren, Ashley and James Zimmer; grandson, Kyle (Katie) Mulligan of Hastings; great-grandchildren Madelyn and Miles Mulligan; granddaughter, Krista (Mulligan) Moon of Columbus, great-grandchildren Kylar, Harpyr and Tuckyr Moon; and grandson, Jared Mulligan of Columbus, and grandchildren Andrew, Aryssa, Anna, Abby and Ayauna Shonka, all of Lincoln; sister, Wilma (Joe) Kosch of Columbus; brother, Jerome (Sharon) Svoboda of Omaha; sister-in-law, Dolores (Kunke) Zimmer of Wheaton, Minnesota; uncle, Frank (Mary Ann) Aerts of Columbus; aunts, Darlene Darnell of Browns Valley, Minnesota, and Maxine Aerts of David City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Frank and Charlotte (Kosch) Zimmer; brother, Leroy Svoboda; and sister-in-law Viola (Haase) Svoboda-Rueth of Columbus; brother-in-law, Duane Zimmer of Wheaton, Minnesota; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lois (Zimmer) and Joe Speicher of David City; and many aunts and uncles.

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