Ruby A. Zimmermann, 85
Ruby A. Zimmermann (nee Purgett) was born June 8, 1930, in Owen to
Charles and Florence (nee Bergstrom) Purgett.
She attended Owen/Withee
High School where she was valedictorian of her class and prom queen. She
married the late Donald “Mutz” Zimmermann on June 4, 1949. Ruby and Don
founded D& H Builders Inc. in 1957, as well as Don Zimmermann Crane
Service Inc., Sandy Point Resort, NorDon Mason Construction Inc., Thick
and Thin Lumber Co., Sawmill Inn Restaurant and Zimmermann’s Kettle
Hills Golf Course Ltd.
She was involved in many business and community
functions, which included Germantown Senior Center, Richfield Business
Association, Germantown Chamber of Commerce and Trinity Lutheran Church
Ladies Aide. She also was a member of Washington County Homemakers for
60 years. Ruby’s focus on detail and work ethic were a driving force in
all she was involved with. Her love of family and willingness to share
in others’ joys and sorrows were a trademark trait. Ruby loved raising
her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and
Ruby will be deeply missed by her children, Brian (Janeen), Dwight
(Linda), Michele (Ray) Fleszar and Scott (Barbara); grandchildren,
Jason, Andria (Larry), Emily (Aaron), Hannah (Charles), Molly (Mike),
Luke and Adam; great-grandchildren, Jack, Sydney, Norah, Oscar, Ashton,
Harper, Logan, Lily and Emilia; siblings, Katie Purgett (Eugene), Margie
Purgett (Mahlon), Janet Sauer (Otto) and John Kleinke (Diane); lifelong
friend and partner, Harold Leist; brother–in-law, Art Luther; and
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; grandson,
Adam Norlander; Eugene Purgett, Mahlon Purgett, Diane Klienke, Otto
Sauer, Agnes and Oliver Lutz, and Audrey Luther.
The funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, April 2, at Trinity
Lutheran Church (10729 W. Freistadt Road, Mequon, WI 53097) with the
Rev. Josh Russert presiding. The visitation will be held from 10 a.m.
until the time of service Saturday at the church. Interment will take
place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery following the service. Lunch will be
served in the school gym. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to Trinity of Freistadt — building fund.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: