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Ila Mae Zimmerman



ZimmermanIla Mae Zimmerman, 100, died on Friday, January 5 at 7:10 am at Brookdale, Monroe.

Born July 1, 1917, in Monroe Township, Ila was the daughter of J. Wilbur and Lavina Anna (Bomia) Romine. She married Clyde L. Zimmerman on April 21, 1939 at First Evangelical United Brethren Church with the Rev. George Aspitler officiating. Clyde preceded her in death on December 5, 2005 after 66 years of marriage.

Ila graduated from Monroe High School in 1935 and from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1938. She was employed by Dr. A.W. Karch at Monroe Hospital and also worked at Mercy Hospital at both the old and new buildings (now Promedica, Monroe). She retired in 1980 from the office of Dr. Bernard Sisman.

Ila was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for over 65 years and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She had been a charter member and past president of the Townsite Garden Club, and a member of the G.F.W.C. of Monroe, the Monroe Woman’s Club, the Thrift Shop of Monroe and the Monroe Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She had volunteered for the American Red Cross and God Works!. She was a Cub Scout, Bluebird and Camp Fire Leader as well as an Advisor for Rainbow for Girls. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed making quilts for members of her family. She liked to golf in her early retirement and learned to play bridge when she was in her eighties.

She is survived by three daughters, Sue Ann (Chris) Jones, Nancy Colpaert and Wendy (William) Godfroy, all of Monroe and a son, James L. (Ann Nabors) Zimmerman of Manistee, Michigan, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Ila was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Myron “Bud” Romine, a grandson Jesse D. Zimmerman, and a son-in-law, Kenneth R. Colpaert.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 7 from 2 pm to 8 pm at Rupp Funeral Home, 2345 S. Custer Rd, Monroe. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Monday, January 8 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 201 S. Monroe Street, Monroe. The church pastor, Rev. Evans Bentley and Rev. Tom Zimmerman will officiate. Burial will be private at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice.

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12 Responses to Ila Mae Zimmerman

  • Ok was a wonderful woman whom I will miss dearly..I will always treasure our moments together.Prayers be with her family during this time.
    Belinda DeJonghe

  • Ila was a wonderful woman whom I will miss dearly..I will always treasure our moments together.Prayers be with her family during this time.
    Belinda DeJonghe

  • Marilyn Merkle Dunning says:

    Such a special lady. May God bless your family as you celebrate many joyful memories of a life well-lived. My condolences and prayers.

  • Chris Chickeral says:

    I suspect that Ila and I crossed paths many times yet since she was closer to my Mom’s age, I probably didn’t know her well until I was Director of Blood Service for our local Red Cross Chapter. Ila was beloved.
    Wishing you peace in your memories of her,

  • Brad Sortor says:

    What a wonderful Lady! So kind and smiling whenever I met her. RIP Mrs. Zimmerman. You all have my deepest sympathies and prayers.

  • Connie Kish says:

    I have been a member of Monroe Woman’s Club ( GFWC-Monroe) for twenty-four years. I met Ila through the Club. She was a lady of dignity and composure. She always had a positve attitude. She didn’t complain when she couldn’t drive any longer. She didn’t fuss when she couldn’t attend our meetings. There wasn’t an attitude of “woe is me.” I was saddened to read of her passing. Ila is someone that I aspire to take after.
    Thinking of her and her family.

  • Janet and Dennis Elder says:

    Dennis and I send all of youl our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother.
    We remember Aunt Ila as a loving woman who shared her thoughtfulness, talents, and love
    with those around her. The memories we hold in our hearts will be cherished always.
    May God give you the comfort and peace that only His love can provide.

    With our love and prayers,
    Janet and Dennis

  • John and Judy Gebhardt says:

    Judy and I send our loving condolences to Ila’s family. Judy remembers that Ila made the best chili for her Bluebirds which included her daughter Sue and Judy. Judy’s mom Ronnie Everson and Ila were friends and founding members of the Townsite Garden Club and they met and talked gardening way past the time they they could actually garden, but they continued to garden in their hearts. I knew Ila when Judy and I would go to Benny’s on Saturday mornings with Ila and the Eversons. She always had a sparkle in her eye and something witty and profound to say. A great woman who lived a long and beautiful life and touched and helped countless people.

  • Vickie Toburen says:

    Wendy and Bill I’m so sorry for your loss. She lived a long life. I loss my Mom November 11th, she was 94. We need to rejoice in their long life. But I know it’s still hard. You miss them. Their Home!

  • John Weaver says:

    Ila was a very special woman! She was like a second mother to me while I was growing up, and I was blessed to be able to stay in contact through the years. Her visit to my Mother right before Mother’s death was wonderful. She will be greatly missed. John

  • vicki perrin-swisher says:

    Ila’s memorial was so beautiful today. I think it inspired all of us to want to be better about how we live our lives and treat others. Technically she was not part of our family but we felt like she was. She was one unique and very special lady. Peace and blessings to all of you-her wonderful family.

  • Carol Weaver says:

    Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss, but I am so delighted Ila finally got her wish! I will never forget her visit with John’s mother. Margaret mouthed “It’s so good to see you!” And Ila smiled from ear to ear. She and I visited for a moment and she said “I wish I could go, too.” I’m so sorry we didn’t know in time for the service. Blessings to all of you and fond memories most of all.

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