Mildred M. Zimdars


March 6, 1920 - Nov. 24, 2012


Mildred M. Zimdars of Pewaukee passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the age of 92. Mildred was born in Waukesha on March 6, 1920, the daughter of Emil and Ida (nee Buth) Leeder. She married the love of her life, Harvey W. Zimdars, on Oct. 26, 1940, at the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ.


Mildred was a lifetime member of the church and was baptized, confirmed and married there. She met Harvey while singing in the church choir. As a member of the church, Mildred was very involved with many organizations, including teaching Sunday school. She enjoyed playing the organ, bowling and gardening. She was also a wonderful cook. More than anything, Mildred loved to spend time with her family at her home on the lake.


Mildred will be dearly missed by her daughters, Katherine (Clyde) Robinson of Palatine, Ill., and Carol (Gordy) Austin of Pewaukee; her grandchildren, Nathan (Sara) Robinson, Bradley Robinson, Christopher  (Brittany) Robinson, Jodi (Charles) Emery, James (Heather) Patzer and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Patzer; and her great-grandchildren, Jason Robinson, Isabelle Robinson, Evan Patzer, Ava Patzer and two more great-grandchildren to be born soon. She is further survived by her brother, Melvin (Betty) Leeder of Waukesha, and many other family and friends.


Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Harvey, and her sister, Arvilla (Earl) Howell.


Visitation for Mildred will be from 3 p.m. until the 5 p.m. funeral service Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, 413 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Revs. James Gorman and Ralph Schultz will officiate the service. There will be a private family burial for Mildred on Friday, Nov. 30.


In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mildred’s name are appreciated to the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ Rebuilding Fund (address above).


Mildred’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Cecelia Place and Seasons Hospice for their compassion.


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit, or call 542-6609.