Roman A. Zimmer ‘Boompa’

Nov. 1, 1919 – Jan. 8, 2010

Surrounded by his family, Roman A. Zimmer was peacefully born to eternal life Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the age of 90. He was born Nov. 1, 1919, to the late Jacob and Katherine Zimmer.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Esther (nee Knuth). He was the dear father of the late Jerry (survived by Barbara) Zimmer. He is survived by Jack (Diane) and Judy (John) Shepherd. He is the grandfather of Bill (Julie), Nick (Lori), Peter, Brent (Lauren), Kristie (Matt Parker) Zimmer, Steve Shepherd and Amy (Chris) Eckel; greatgrandfather of Lauren, Jerod, Austin, Braeden and Jack Zimmer and Addison Parker; brother of Mary (Jerome) Ptacek, Lawrence (the late Idell), Patricia (Jack) Siese and Laura Schultz; brother-in-law of Robert (Monica) Knuth.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. Joseph (Alberta), the Rev. Luke Zimmer and Dr. James (the late Iris); his sister, Katherine; and his sister-in-law, Virginia (the late Paul) Mueller.

Roman lived a full life and was beloved by all who met him. He spent more than 25 years as a skilled mason with his partner and brother-inlaw, Robert Knuth. In his later years, Roman spent 35 years as a dedicated and respected professor of upholstery at WCTC, retiring at the age of 86. Roman and Esther met and fell in love at a dance at "Waukesha Beach" on Pewaukee Lake. They continued to square dance with "The Allemanders" and polka dance their whole life. Their greatest joy was making many friends in more than 65 years of married life together. Roman enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, upholstery and watching the Brewers and Packers. Roman had many roles in life including being a respectful son, a devoted husband and father, a dedicated teacher and hard worker, a loving and inspirational grand and great-grandfather. Esther will continue to reside at Wyndham House in Pewaukee where they joyfully lived for the last year and a half. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Private interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Pewaukee.

"Well done faithful servant" (spoken to Roman hours before his passing by his brother’s son, the Rev. Tony Zimmer)

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arm around you and whispered "come to me." With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.