Brenda Ann Zimmerman (June 26, 2009)

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

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20 Responses to Brenda Ann Zimmerman (June 26, 2009)

  1. Jill Kenkel Campbell says:

    Although I had not seen Brenda I will always remember her laugh. She had that smile that made you wonder what she was up to. My sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. She is in a better place and pain free.

  2. Celina Carrier says:

    I am a nurse at Dr. Fryzek’s office! Brenda and I became very close. I will miss her so much. I’m really gonna miss the phone calls from her, just wanting to talk. I can’t help but think how lucky her parents are to have such a sweet girl, that touch everyones heart in someway. I will miss her so much!! And to Chuck, i’m so sorry!

  3. Karen & Dale Muell says:

    Thinking of the Zimmerman family & keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.

  4. Ron and Maria Rosmann says:

    Ron and Marilyn and family, please accept our sincere sympathy at the loss of Brenda. Your hearts must be broken. Our prayers are with you and of course for Brenda.

  5. Laura and jacob Lewis says:

    Zimmerman Family, I am very sorry that we have all lost such a loving and respectful woman. Jacob and I loved brenda so much, we spent many hours talking she took us in when we had no place to go, i will never forget how much she has helped me and i will always love her and I am very sorry for the families loss she will be deeply missed. We love you Brenda you will forever be in our hearts.

  6. carol liles says:

    ron and marilyn i just want you to know how much my little girls and boys loved their aunt brenda and now they miss her so very much but breanda ann will never ever leave our hearts and brenda ann we will be together again one day so we all will see you on the other side my sister we love and miss you so much and i think everyone should be fair to my brother chuck he loved brenda ann with all of his heart and he will never stop loving her either and there will be no other woman for chuck brenda ann only thats his wife and now he has to do a very hard thing by saying goodbye to his wife tomorrow thats going to be very hard for my brother to do chuck took very good care of our brenda ann until she parted from us we will all love and miss brenda very much again may god bless you all be good to my brother greed dont get us no where we will all meet our maker one day so remember all the good things chuck has done for brenda is all we are asking of your family rip brenda ann i love you love carol and family

  7. LaVera Stern says:

    Mom and Dad Zimmerman, I am so sorry for the loss of Brenda. She was one of my best friends and I will keep her close to my heart forever. We had so many good times full of laughter and surprises. I miss her so much and I know this is hard for you but remember…she is not gone…she is just away…we will see her again someday. I love you both and will be here for you and together we can all make it through this. LaVera, Bob and Angel

  8. andrea and steve whitmore says:

    we are very sorry for the loss of brenda,she touched our lives in ways you couldnt even imagine,she will be deeply missed and was loved by all especially chuck her husband… may she rest in peace,love always andrea and family

  9. Karen Everhart says:

    Marilyn&Ron&Agnes, Sending Love and Prayers from The Everhart Family,Karen ,Steve,Mary and Natasha.

  10. Brenda (Price) Mintle says:

    Our sympathy and prayers are with you. I haven’t seen your dear Brenda since high school, but I remember how far she could throw that shot put. Wow! Sincerely, Brenda

  11. Dale and Rose Brant says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss,may god be with you through all your trouble times. God bless you all…This is Chucks Uncle

  12. Deanna Andrews says:

    zimmerman family… I am very sorry for your loss. Brenda had a heart of gold and will be missed very much. I thank you for all the memories of your daughter. I am so glad i introuduced my brother to her so she would have what she always wanted….a husband. may god bless you and be with you in your time of pain. god bless you all. love Dee

  13. Amy Nielsen says:

    Brenda and I had been friends from grade school through high school. She was always full of laughter and made each day something to look forward to. We had many adventures and learning experiences along the way! Ron, Marilyn and family, she will be missed by many. Every time I think of Brenda, I have good thoughts and memories. She was a tender soul who cared a lot. It was my priveledge and pleasure to be in her life. My thoughts are with you all in this deep time of sadness. God Bless.

  14. Deanna Andrews says:

    We will miss you so much brenda. Your my best friend and sister and i will see you on the other side sister. i love you so very much!I will watch out for chuck for you,i know your worried about him,but it is ok sis we will help him. he loves you so much. Go in peace Brenda and god bless you……….amen.

  15. Janie Bruck says:

    When I think of Brenda, I think of her big heart. I know there are many of the people that she cared for that was touched by her kindness. Zac and Will talked about Brenda a lot and were always excited if they knew they would see Brenda. Ron, Marilyn I’m so very sorry for the loss of your daughter, and Rick & Randy your sister, Laura, Angie and all of the nieces and nephews please accept my condolences. Janie

  16. carol liles says:

    sorry for the loss of my brenda ann we were so close and can someone please play 3doors down song here without you thats chuck and brendas song so please try to play it at her service on july 1st and thanks so much again for sharing your daughter with us it would mean alot to chuck if you can play that song for him and brenda ann thanks and may god bless you all

  17. Nicole Perkins says:

    I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed. I was her nurse at Dr. Fryzek’s office and everytime she came in feeling good or not she had a smile on her face. I will miss her very much. May God be with you during this time.

  18. carol&les liles says:

    marilyn and ron we are so sorry for the loss of brenda ann she will be in our hearts for ever and always and will never be forgotten brenda was a wonderful woman and was deeply in love with chuck his heart is hurtting so very badly i dont know how is is going to deal with it he is lost with out his wife brenda ann well common law wife anyway and thanks for sharing your daughter with our family its been such a pleasure having her in our lives as our sister in law and i hope you nd your family stay in touch with chuck that would mean so much to brenda and chuck it will help his heart heal one day again we love brenda with all of our hearts she will never leabe our hearts or minds she will forever be in our hearts may god bless you and your family at your time of loss we love you bz love carol liles and leslie liles and emily elizabeth chris devin dylan adam tara joe madison courtney gracie laura dee lori andrea roberta anita heather kimmy kristina amanda marcus terry jr. aaron laura lewis jacob chuck amy willard jr,willard sr. brandy faith leanna illie brandon jordan charlie cheryl&johnny abby johnny.jr herman&heather chris corbett so as you see she had alot of people in our family who loved brenda ann dearly she will be missed very much again may god bless your family

  19. Lisa Holloway Bergner says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  20. Patty Spetman says:

    You have our deepest sympathy on the lose of your daughter. Love Dave & Patty

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