Linda Marie Zimmer, 78, of Reddick, passed away Sunday (Jan. 13, 2019) at Heritage Health in Dwight, surrounded by her family.
She was born March 19, 1940, the daughter of Vernon and Alice (nee Curl) Bossert, in Morris. Her parents preceded her in death.
Linda attended Reddick High School, graduated with the Class of 1958, then attended Illinois State University and graduated with the Class of 1962 with a major in home economics. Right after college, she taught home economics at Reddick High School for five years, and then she was a kindergarten aid for 12 years, as well as a substitute teacher.
Linda married Arnold Edwin Zimmer on Aug. 20, 1961, at Zoar EUB Church in Reddick. She was a very big part of the Reddick United Methodist Church and, together with her husband, was a youth leader for more than 20 years. They took youth on many work projects all across the country. She taught many Sunday school classes, organized and led many vacation Bible schools each summer and organized many family and church dinners and events at the church. She was a 4-H and HEA member and leader from 1967 until 2001.
Linda was a very good cook and seamstress and judged many food and clothing competitions at county fairs. She also loved growing flowers and gardening.
Surviving are her husband; children, Jason D. (Dianna) Zimmer, of Reddick, Regena (Daniel) Cromp, of Braidwood, and Rodney (Lora) Zimmer, of Tuscola; eight grandchildren, Tara, Eron, Justin, Kate, Drew, Kyle, Casey and Emma; one great-grandchild, Ellie; brother, Michael (Kitty) Bossert, of Kankakee; sister, Kay (Neil) Deupree of Janesville, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and daughter, Lucinda M. Zimmer.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home and Crematory in Braidwood. An additional time for visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, until the 11 a.m. funeral services at the Reddick United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kevin Boesen will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Grand Prairie Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Reddick United Methodist Church or Parkinson’s Disease research.
Please sign her online guestbook at rwpattersonfuneralhomes.com.