Geraldine Zimmer, 98, died Friday, October 20, 2023 at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids, IA. She was born on December 28, 1924 to John and Lizetta (Kuhl) Zimmer in Granite, IA. She was the seventh of ten children.
Geraldine attended a one room school in rural Granite, IA, and attended St. Mary’s High School in Larchwood, IA, graduating in 1943. She started work as a switchboard telephone operator at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co in Sioux Falls, SD, in June 1943 and retired in December 1983 after almost forty-one years of service. Geraldine was a long time member of the Telephone Pioneers Organization. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for five years. Geraldine was a long time member of St. Joseph Cathedral Church and in later years she attended St. Therese Catholic Church.
After her father passed away in 1962, she cared for her aging mother and a disabled sister in her home until their deaths.
Geraldine enjoyed traveling to Arizona to visit family and the “snow birds” in the winter. She also loved to vacation in Florida with her sister, Florence. She also visited New York with her friends.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lizetta Zimmer, and her siblings, Evelyn Halverson, Bernice Hanson, Veronica Jensen, Mary Sechser, Florence Budde, Darlene Nelson, and Patricia, John and Ray Zimmer. She will be lovingly remembered by her thirty-five surviving nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin Friday, October 27th at 5:00pm at Barnett Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil following at 7:00pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, October 28th, at 10:30am at St. Therese Catholic Church. Memorials may be directed to either St. Joseph Cathedral or St.Therese Church.
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