Lloyd Leslie Zillmer

July 16, 1922 - May 3, 2009

Lloyd Leslie Zillmer, 86, of New Berlin, found peace in eternal life Sunday, May 3, 2009, following a brief stay at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Lloyd was the sole surviving son of Walter and Clara (nee Roether), who owned a farm in Brookfield.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Henry (Laurina) and Clarence (Catherine) Zillmer, and his sister, Helen (Henry) Mueller.

Lloyd grew up on the family farm, eventually becoming a carpenter/finalizer working many years for Kilps Builders, Cicero Homes and Klein Builders. Later on, he became self-employed in carpentry before finally retiring full time. Lloyd was a faithful and lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and volunteered his carpentry skills on various projects at the church. He also found time to volunteer at LindenGrove Nursing Home (Waukesha) with their weekly church services.

Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years, Leona (nee Ristow); three children, James (Keri) Zillmer and Barbara (William) Griffin, both of Mukwonago, and Sharon (Clifford) Ast of Richland Center; and his grandchildren, Kristta Zillmer, Kalynn Zillmer, Kelly Zillmer, Kiel Zillmer, Brenda Griffin and Joe Ast; and many other friends and relatives.

Lloyd always enjoyed a good game of cards as well as his nightly game of Yahtzee with Leona, even long after she had to help him because of his failing eye sight. Another of Lloyd’s favorite activities was driving his John Deere tractors, whether it be pushing around the snow and cutting the grass, or driving his restored "Model M" tractor in many local parades. Like most people, he enjoyed telling stories of the past, one of his favorites being about the neighboring Al Capone hide-out during the prohibition era.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 W. Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Visitation continues from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service Thursday, May 7, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1052 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha, with the Rev. Scott Oelhafen officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Pewaukee.

The family would like to thank the many staff members of Waukesha Memorial Hospital, in particular the intensive care unit, who helped Lloyd in his difficult final weeks, and also the pastors of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for their spiritual guidance.

If desired, memorials in Lloyd’s name to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Growing to Serve or to the charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.