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Doris J. Zimmerman

Altoona, Wisconsin

August 1, 1951 - June 8, 2024

Doris J. Zimmerman Obituary

I was born on a warm summer day on August 1, 1951, to Sherman E and Marcella L (Dahm) Davis. I was the middle child out of nine children, an early birthday present to my mother as her birthday was the next day. Showing my independence early on, I was born in Chippewa Falls at home in the house on Pine Street, a house I would later grow up in. In hindsight, I guess I must have known I would be spending a lot of time in a hospital later in my life.


I spent my early years in life on Lake Wissota having fun with my siblings and learning to swim. We then moved into Chippewa where I attended Chestnut Elementary, the old Junior Hight School and graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High in 1969.


I married the love of my life, Thomas E. Zimmerman, on August 9, 1969, and we were able to celebrate 50 years of life together. Throughout my entire life I worked in healthcare, first as a nursing assistant and then went on to nursing school and became a registered nurse. For over 40 years, I was a proud employee at St. Joesph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls. My patients always came first, but over the years I was a mentor many times over for new employees and a multitude of nursing students. Along my journey at St. Joe's, I made some wonderful friendships that I cherished my entire life.


I have enjoyed the serenity of a fairly quiet life. After retiring, I learned to love cooking and baking for Tom when I finally had the time. I loved to read all the daily papers I could find and doing all the crosswords, sudoku and word games in them to keep my mind sharp, but never before all my work was done first!


I am survived by my beloved son, Eric Thomas; my awesome daughter-in-law, Tracy (Schemenauer); twin granddaughters, Hayley and Sydney (Grandma loves yous!); brothers, Earl Babbitt and Jerry Davis (Kathy); sisters, Carolyn Glidden (Denny), Helen Bell, Sharon Jurgens, Coni Davis-Huntington (Jamie) and Susan Davis Luce. Also by uncles, Richard Dahm and John Dahm (Jeannie); and by nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews and cousins. Also by in-laws, Shari (Cliff) Popple, Betty Zimmerman, Mary Pahl (Dan), Cindy Lupien (Denis), Carolyn (Randy) Nicolet and Ted (Joanne) Zimmerman; and lastly, my beloved furry companion, Dixie.


Those that went on ahead of me are the love of my life, husband, Thomas, who passed on April 14, 2020; my father, Sherman E. Davis (the kindest and most gentle man on Earth); my mother, Marcella; grandparents, Fred and Regina Dahm, Gerald and Eurma Davis; my brother, Duane S. 'Bucky' Davis; nephews, Carey Babbitt and Richie Davis; mother-in-law, Dorothy Zimmerman; father-in-law, Rudy Zimmerman; brother-in-law, Richard Zimmerman; aunts & uncles; and lastly my beloved pug, Georgia.


Even though life handed me some lemons along the way, I always looked at those times as a life lesson. I am so grateful for the life I had and would not have changed anything about it.


A special thank you to all the nurses and doctors involved in Doris's care, who all provided such wonderful and loving support through her final journey.


A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, June 29, 2024, for both Doris and Thomas Zimmerman at the Chippewa Valley Cremation Services - Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, WI 54720. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am followed by services at 12:00 with Pastor Dan Doran officiating. The service will be live streamed at www.chippewavalleycremation.com (just click on the obituary).


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hope Gospel Mission of Eau Claire, Chippewa County Humane Association, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Doris J. Zimmerman hosted by Thompson Funeral Home.

I was born on a warm summer day on August 1, 1951, to Sherman E and Marcella L (Dahm) Davis. I was the middle child out of nine children, an early birthday present to my mother as her birthday was the next day. Showing my independence early on, I was born in Chippewa Falls at home in the house on Pine Street, a house I would later grow up in. In hindsight, I guess I must have known I would be spending a lot of time in a hospital later in my life.


I spent my early years in life on Lake Wissota having fun with my siblings and learning to swim. We then moved into Chippewa where I attended Chestnut Elementary, the old Junior Hight School and graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High in 1969.


I married the love of my life, Thomas E. Zimmerman, on August 9, 1969, and we were able to celebrate 50 years of life together. Throughout my entire life I worked in healthcare, first as a nursing assistant and then went on to nursing school and became a registered nurse. For over 40 years, I was a proud employee at St. Joesph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls. My patients always came first, but over the years I was a mentor many times over for new employees and a multitude of nursing students. Along my journey at St. Joe's, I made some wonderful friendships that I cherished my entire life.


I have enjoyed the serenity of a fairly quiet life. After retiring, I learned to love cooking and baking for Tom when I finally had the time. I loved to read all the daily papers I could find and doing all the crosswords, sudoku and word games in them to keep my mind sharp, but never before all my work was done first!


I am survived by my beloved son, Eric Thomas; my awesome daughter-in-law, Tracy (Schemenauer); twin granddaughters, Hayley and Sydney (Grandma loves yous!); brothers, Earl Babbitt and Jerry Davis (Kathy); sisters, Carolyn Glidden (Denny), Helen Bell, Sharon Jurgens, Coni Davis-Huntington (Jamie) and Susan Davis Luce. Also by uncles, Richard Dahm and John Dahm (Jeannie); and by nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews and cousins. Also by in-laws, Shari (Cliff) Popple, Betty Zimmerman, Mary Pahl (Dan), Cindy Lupien (Denis), Carolyn (Randy) Nicolet and Ted (Joanne) Zimmerman; and lastly, my beloved furry companion, Dixie.


Those that went on ahead of me are the love of my life, husband, Thomas, who passed on April 14, 2020; my father, Sherman E. Davis (the kindest and most gentle man on Earth); my mother, Marcella; grandparents, Fred and Regina Dahm, Gerald and Eurma Davis; my brother, Duane S. 'Bucky' Davis; nephews, Carey Babbitt and Richie Davis; mother-in-law, Dorothy Zimmerman; father-in-law, Rudy Zimmerman; brother-in-law, Richard Zimmerman; aunts & uncles; and lastly my beloved pug, Georgia.


Even though life handed me some lemons along the way, I always looked at those times as a life lesson. I am so grateful for the life I had and would not have changed anything about it.


A special thank you to all the nurses and doctors involved in Doris's care, who all provided such wonderful and loving support through her final journey.


A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, June 29, 2024, for both Doris and Thomas Zimmerman at the Chippewa Valley Cremation Services - Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, WI 54720. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am followed by services at 12:00 with Pastor Dan Doran officiating. The service will be live streamed at www.chippewavalleycremation.com (just click on the obituary).


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hope Gospel Mission of Eau Claire, Chippewa County Humane Association, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Doris J. Zimmerman hosted by Thompson Funeral Home.

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