Dona Zimmerman

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August 28, 1934 - June 11, 2019
Born in Watertown, SD
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Dona Marie Zimmerman of O’Fallon, MO, passed away at the age of 84 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Dona Zimmerman began her life’s grand adventure as Dona Marie Chase on August 28, 1934. Her childhood years were spent in Watertown, South Dakota, followed by attending the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduating in 1956 with a degree in biology.

Dona moved to Colorado Springs where she worked for several years in a hospital pathology laboratory. While there, she met and fell in love with Ronald Zimmerman whom she married on June 22, 1959. Her grand adventure changed direction and purpose with the birth of twin sons in 1960 and a third son in 1962. She and Ron set about to raise these boys to be intellectually curious, socially thoughtful, and responsible moral citizens. While doing so, she was also personally involved with church and was a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages.

Her journey’s path was altered by the passing of her life’s companion, Ron, in 2003. This led her to move from Kansas City to St. Louis. She developed new and meaningful friendships while staying connected to old friends.

As a lifelong learner, she stayed active and engaged. She was a voracious reader and loved to travel, observing the world from the passenger’s seat, often preferring the road less traveled.

Dona was a person full of life and faith. She relished her roles as a mother, wife, grandmother, mentor, neighbor, and friend. She journeyed beyond earthly concerns on June 11, 2019.

Dona was predeceased by her parents, Civilian and Thressa (Downs) Chase, her brother Daniel Chase, and her loving husband, Ronald Zimmerman. She is survived by her sons and their families, Robert Zimmerman, Keith Zimmerman and his wife Christine, and Phillip Zimmerman and his wife Sheila. She also had four lovely grandchildren, Sean Zimmerman, Thressa Zimmerman, Peter Zimmerman, and Chase Zimmerman.

Contributions in Dona’s name may be made to SSM Hospice.

Guestbook Entries

  1. John Tenbusch June 13, 2019 at 8:54 am - Reply

    candle 7The St. Lawrence County NY Planning Office offers our deepest condolences to the Zimmerman family. We have met Dona Zimmerman when she visited Canton NY. She was always gracious and kind, and you could see that she had the steel to raise three boys.

    Eternal rest grant unto Dona, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithfully departed, rest in peace.

    With our love,
    Jason, Denise, Matilda, Heidi, John

  2. Carol Chase June 13, 2019 at 9:32 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Dona’s passing. She was one very special lady. So kind and loving. She sent cards to Tom throughout his illness and always filled him with hope. Thankful for the Christian life she lived and the legacy she has left behind.

  3. David Duff June 13, 2019 at 9:40 am - Reply

    candle 8You and your husband raised fine sons that should have you smiling and content. Rest In Peace.
    David Duff

  4. Fred Hanss June 13, 2019 at 10:23 am - Reply

    candle 7Deepest condolences to the Zimmerman family. Your mother and grandmother was an extraordinary person to have raised such fine sons and gathered a nice family around her. Peace be with you all. Fred & Lisa Hanss

  5. Jon Montan, Jr. June 13, 2019 at 10:30 am - Reply

    candle 7We had the great pleasure of spending time with Dona when she visited Canton, NY. Our sincere condolences to Keith, Phil and Bob for the loss of your wonderful mother. When we think of her, the words in the last stanza of one of our favorite hymns, Blessed Spirit of My Life, come to mind: “…….and when life is done with me, let love be my legacy.”

    Love, Jon and Kathy Montan

  6. Cuzin Jethro June 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    candle 7I am saddened by Aunt Donna’s passing but am thrilled she united with Uncle Ron, my dad and grandma and grandpa accompanied by a band of angels in Heaven.

  7. Bob Santamoor June 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    candle 7Keith and Christine, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Sandy’s and my prayers are with your family.

  8. Jennifer Berbrich June 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    candle 7Keith and Bob,
    We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Thinking of both of you and your family.
    Jen and Derrick

  9. Chris Rediehs June 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    candle 7She was a joy to be around and wonderful to have brought such great sons into the world. You have my deepest condolences.

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