Esther E. ‘Grammy’ Zimmer
Dec. 9, 1922 — Jan. 29, 2015

Comforted by her family, Esther E. “Grammy” Zimmer (nee Knuth) was peacefully born to eternal life on January 29, 2015, at the age of 92. She was born December 9, 1922, to the late Albert and Elsie (Nana) Knuth.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Roman (Boompa) Zimmer. She was the dear mother of the late Jerry (survived by Barbara) Zimmer. She is survived by Jack (Diane) and Judy (John) Shepherd; grandmother of Bill (Julie), Nick (Lori), Peter (Deisy), Brent (Lauren), Kristie (Matt Parker) Zimmer, Steve Shepherd and Amy Shepherd; greatgrandmother of Lauren, Jerod, Austin, Braeden, Jack (Jacko) Zimmer and Addison, Hudson, and Cora Parker; and sister of Robert (Monica) Knuth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Virginia (the late Paul) Mueller.

Full of life, generosity, caring, and never ending laughter, Esther was the life of the family. Roman and Esther met and fell in love at a dance at “Waukesha Beach” on Pewaukee Lake. Esther won a raffle for a house from her job at Fox Head Brewery, so they then moved to Dunbar Avenue and built it into the lifelong home. They danced their way through life as square dancers with “The Allemandes” and would polka till the cows came home. In addition to raising three children, at the age of 40 Esther began a lifelong career as a swimming instructor and lifeguard at the YWCA in Waukesha, also helping at the nursery. She was an avid Brewers fan and softball pitcher on her team “Grammy’s Joggers” into her 50s. She was very active, attending the many functions of her children and grandchildren, always taking videos and pictures. She could be found skiing at Alpine Valley, golfing, bowling, attending plays at the Fireside and Civic Theater, watching the ski shows on Lake Keesus with her family, and visiting the many friends she and Roman had developed over the years.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 3, from 5pm until time of service at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1052 White Rock Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186. Private interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Pewaukee.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit to view the online obituary or leave condolences.

She lived life by her words, “Just have fun.”

Signing off, Grammy.

A wife, a mother, a grandma too, This is the legacy we have from you.

You taught us love and how to fight, You gave us strength, you gave us might.

A stronger person would be hard to find, And in your heart, you were always kind.

You fought for us all in one way or another, Not just as a wife not just as a mother.

For all of us you gave your best, Now the time has come for you to rest.

So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep, Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.