Brenda Ann Zimmerman, the daughter of Ronald Lee and Marilyn Kay (Goetzinger) Zimmerman, was born on May 4, 1970, in Harlan, Iowa. She graduated from Harlan High School in 1988, and began working as a caregiver at REM Leadway in Shelby, Iowa; she worked there for four years. Brenda then became a shipping/loading manager for Variety Distributors in Harlan, and held this position for a number of years. She later worked caring for the handicapped at the Glenwood (Iowa) Resource Center. In recent years, she was unable to work due to disability, and had moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
During her high school years, Brenda enjoyed track and field events, and held records in the shot put and discus. She also liked participating in CYO basketball and swimming. She was a dedicated person who loved babysitting children and caring for others. Brenda’s nieces and nephews were especially dear to her.
Brenda A. Zimmerman died on Friday, June 26, 2009, at Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at the age of 39 years, 1 month, and 22 days.
Brenda is survived by her parents, Ronald and Marilyn Zimmerman of Underwood, Iowa; two brothers, Rick (Lora) Zimmerman of Golden, Colorado, and Randy (Angie) Zimmerman of Elkhorn, Nebraska; her maternal grandmother, Agnes Goetzinger of Westphalia, Iowa; a special friend, Chuck Frazier of Council Bluffs, Iowa; two nieces; three nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Westphalia, Iowa, with Father John Dorton serving as the celebrant. Musicians were Gloria Schmitz and the St. Boniface Choir. Honorary urn bearers were Will Zimmerman, Zac Zimmerman, Jacob Zimmerman, Anissa Zimmerman, and Natasha Zimmerman. Burial was in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Westphalia, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.