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Obituary: Zimmerman




Joy Rae Zimmerman, 92, Fairbury and formerly of Forrest, died at 2:07 am Monday, January 16, 2023 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.


Her funeral will be at 10:00 am Friday, January 20, 2023 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury with Pastor Nathan Frieg officiating. Burial will be in the Fairbury Apostolic Christian Cemetery.


Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, January 19, 2023 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Friday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church; SELCAS or Fairview Haven Retirement Community, all of Fairbury.


Mrs. Zimmerman was born August 5, 1930 in Forrest the daughter of Simon Harold and Hazel Evelyn Farney Karcher. She married Maurice Samuel Zimmerman on February 27, 1949 in Forrest. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2014.


Survivors include her children, Scott (Nancy) Zimmerman, Colleyville, TX; Jill (Tom) Rock, Roberts; 5 grandchildren, Chad (Tracy) Rock, Brandi (Ken) Meisner, Amber (Josh) McGee, Brad (Carolyn) Zimmerman and David (Shawna) Zimmerman; 1 step granddaughter, Jasmine (Josh) Escalante; 12 great grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by 1 brother, Robert Karcher.


Mrs. Zimmerman was a 1948 graduate and salutatorian of Forrest Twp. High School. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury. She liked to read and had a love for birds and flowers. Joy thought the world of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved to watch them play sports.


The family would like to extend a special thanks to Fairview Haven Retirement Community and OSF Hospice for their loving care and support.

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