Eugenia L. Zimmers, 107

Eugenia Leonie Zimmers (nee Schmitz) peacefully entered eternal life on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at the West Bend home of her daughter, Joan Littrel.

Eugenia was born Sept. 15, 1903, in Milwaukee. She and her four brothers were the children of Phillip and Josephine Schmitz. She attended St. Josephís Grade School and Holy Angels High School. She received a degree in social services from Marquette University. She spent several years as a social worker in Cincinnati, Ohio, before returning to Milwaukee to work for Catholic Social Services.

Eugenia was united in marriage to Wilke M. Zimmers on June 3, 1933. They had three children, David, Mary and Joan.

Eugenia was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Milwaukee. She belonged to their Christian Motherís Society, The Legion of Mary and Bible study groups. When she moved to West Bend in 1990, she joined St. Frances Cabrini Church. She loved to walk, and well into her 90s, often walked a mile to and from daily Mass. Her family and her faith were the most important things in her life. After losing most of her vision and hearing, she was content saying the rosary. She had unlimited compassion for other peopleís tragedies and prayed rosaries for them. Even though her memory for most things failed her, she continued to pray for the people in Haiti and the Chilean miners.

Eugenia was a prolific crafter who enjoyed decoupage, trapunto, sewing, quilting, needlepoint, knitting, furniture refinishing and re-upholstering. She also made dolls, soap, potpourri and rosaries. After the funeral of a close relative, she would gather the roses, dry them and make rosary beads. She then presented the finished rosary to the next-of-kin. She was an avid reader with a life-long interest in learning, often walking several miles to the library. Eugenia loved nature and animals, especially dogs and cats. She enjoyed watching a beautiful blue sky and the movement of clouds and never ceased to wonder at the number of stars visible in West Bendís semi-rural setting. Eugenia was fiercely independent, with a witty and engaging sense of humor. Up to her final days, visitors would usually leave her home laughing.

Eugenia is survived by her son, David (Rachel) Zimmers and daughter, Joan Littrel. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Amy (Tom) Winter, Ann (Jason) Stubbe, Jennifer (Troy) Dillon, Sarah (Ulices) Sepulveda, Maragaret (Philippe) Egg, Judy (Brian) Smith, Paul (Briana) Ebmeier, Geoffrey (Marnie Brown) Littrel and Douglas Littrel. She is further survived by 14 great-grandchildren, Luke and Grace Winter, Rachel, Elise and Arcelia Sepulveda, Julian, Matthieu an Audrey Egg, Peter and Patrick Smith, Ian, Jesse and Alexander Ebmeier and Heather Brown. She is also survived by other relatives and friends.

Eugenia was preceded in death by her husband, Wilke; daughter, Mary Ebmeier; grandson, Andrew Zimmers; and her brothers, Joseph, Albert, Phillip and George.

A memorial Mass and reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1025 S. 7th Ave., West Bend. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Eugenia donated her body to the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Memorials may be made to Catholic Relief Services, the Washington County Humane Society or the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

The family would like to thank the Rev. Jeff Haines; Larry Gill, M.D., Cedar Community Home Health and Hospice; Diane Shreves, Sue Zadravetz, Julie Ewig and family members, for their loving care of Eugenia. A special thank you to the Rev. Ron Schneider for faithfully brining Eugenia Holy Communion.