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Geraldine Zimmerman Sept. 20, 1930 - Feb. 13, 2009

BIRD ISLAND -- Geraldine Stella Zimmerman, 78, of Bird Island, died Friday at the Golden Living Center in Olivia.

The service will be at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Bird Island with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues Wednesday at the funeral home from noon to 1 p.m. Memorials are preferred to Renville County Hospice.

She was born September 20, 1930, in Bird Island to Frank and Mary (Juenemann) Eiler. Because of to her mother's poor health, she was raised from infancy in the home of her aunt and uncle, Alois and Mary (Eiler) Muench. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Bird Island in 1948.

On Sept. 28, 1950, she married Don Zimmerman in Bird Island and they made their home on a farm south of Bird Island. She was a member of the Bird Island Ladies Auxiliary and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her three children: Herb Zimmerman (and Sue Minnick), Laura (and Michael) Puchalski and Steve Zimmerman, all of Bird Island; five grandchildren; and a brother: Herbert Eiler of Litchfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and one sister.