Geraldine I. Zimmerman

  • Died: March 13, 2020
  • Location: Mayville, Wisconsin

Koepsell Funeral & Cremation Services, Mayville

301 North Walnut Street
Mayville, WI 53050

Tel. (920) 387-4440

Tribute & Message From The Family

Geraldine I. Zimmerman (nee Burkhardt) passed away Friday, March 13, 2020 at the age of 89 yrs.

Gerry was the only child of Frank (Butch) and Irene Burkhardt Jr. and grew up in Kekoskee, WI. The Burkhardt family originally settled in the village in the late 1800's and was the proprietor of "Burkhardt's Tavern" for 3 generations. She was very proud of her family connection with Kekoskee and numerous items from the generations of Burkhardt are on display at the Kekoskee Museum. (More information on Gerry's family can be found in the book "History of Kekoskee, Wisconsin").

After graduating from Mayville High School, Gerry tended bar at the tavern, married and moved to Mayville, having 2 children. After working as a secretary at Baker Canning Co in Theresa, WI, she was employed by Wisconsin Power & Light for 22 years. Back in the day when bills were paid in person, she was the face behind the counter in Mayville's WP&L office. She brought home great behind-the-scene stories when Mayville got hit with the big ice storm in the early 1970's.

As Gerry's father and husband were hunters and also fished, the Horicon Marsh and Rock River were prominent in her life. She taught her 8 yr old daughter how to pluck a duck and as the family caught Northern Pike & Bullheads, she got stuck cleaning them all (good old memories).

She loved traveling, antiquing and eating out. Some highlights were when Gerry and her daughter ate their way around Austria, tried most of the buffets in Las Vegas and after a stateroom stay on the Hotel Queen Mary, had their fabulous brunch (very fattening memories).

Gerry's son would invite her out to his recreational land, where she enjoyed sitting around a late- night bonfire, listening to the fire crackle (warm memories).
Gerry was preceded in death by her husband of 52 yrs, Gus Zimmerman Jr.; brother in-law & sister in-law Bob and June Zimmerman; nieces Mary Robin Zimmerman and Traci Zimmerman; life-long friend Donna Mae Clark; numerous grand-dogs.

Survived by daughter Julie (Greg) Langenhorst; son Scott Zimmerman; grandson Andy Zimmerman; nephews Pat (Liza Allen) Zimmerman and Mike (Lori) Zimmerman; nieces Nikki (Robert) Devine and Kelli (Andy) Zimmerman-Klemp.

If you wish to give a memorial in Gerry's name, she loved the church that the Burkhardt's attended for 4 generations. Please address to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 23 Main St., Mayville (Kekoskee), WI 53050.

Per Gerry's wishes (at 89 yrs old she figured that there would be few people still alive that knew her), it will be a private service & burial in Mayville's Graceland Cemetery.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Family of Gerry; I'm certain you don't remember me or my family, but my husband, Tom Richardson, was a truck driver/groundman in Mayville with Wisconsin Power & Light from 1973 thru 1978. Your Mom & Dad made my entire family feel so welcome. I'm so sorry for your loss :(

Posted by Carol Richardson - Belmont, WI - Friend   April 07, 2020

Miss Gerry was a wonderful women who will be missed dearly. Her enthusiasm and zest for life was contagious. She brought smiles to my face every time I was in her presence. Our sincere condolences to her friends and family who are feeling this loss and absence at this time. Please know that she holds a very dear place in many of our hearts.

Posted by Wendy (Wheeler) & Michael Martinez - Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM - Family   April 05, 2020

Julie and Scott, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's death. She was always so kind and helpful when Julie and I ran around together back in school. I have many fun and fond memories of her (and your Dad). May the Lord give you and your family comfort during these sad times.

Posted by Leslie (Guenther) Nickley - Grafton, WI - Friend   March 27, 2020

Scott and Julie; Sorry to hear of your loss. I can remember, as a small child, going with my Mom (Genn) to pay the light bill and seeing your Mom there.

Posted by Jim Guenther - Elk Mound, WI - Family Friend   March 24, 2020

So sorry to hear of Geri's passing. We know that she is in a glorious place with her husband, mom and beloved father. It is such a good thing to have all the wonderful memories you treasure.

Posted by George Wheeler - Albuquerque, NM - Family   March 21, 2020

Sympathy extended to family members. I always enjoyed talking to Gerry and spending time with her at family gatherings. Niece of Bob & June Zimmerman

Posted by Jackie Gassner - Mayville, WI - Family Friend   March 18, 2020

So sorry to read this about your Mom passing. She was so nice. She handed out recipes to me at the power and light drive up back by the dam. I remember her with fond memories.

Posted by Julie Gnerlich - Mayville, WI - Acquaintance   March 17, 2020

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