Celebrating the life of Vicky Zimmer
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αιώνια η μνήμη - (ay-OH-nee-ah ee MNEE-mee) Greek for “Eternal Memory”. As long as we have our memories, Vicky will live on in our hearts.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:31-32
Vicky passed on August 24th, 2023, at age 92 of natural causes. She is predeceased by her Greek immigrant parents, Peter and Katherine Costas and six siblings. The Costas Family had a farm in Pinkney, Michigan and sold produce in Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market. A graduate of Stockbridge High School in Pinkney, she participated in plays and the Glee Club. Next to her high school yearbook photo was the caption, “She’s peppy, nice and sweet, the kind of friend we like to meet!” After graduation she moved to Detroit with her brothers and worked in the Toy Department at the Hudson's on Woodward Avenue. Vicky went on to marry Donald J Zimmer in 1950 and raised 5 children. Moving from Ferndale, Mi to Lexington, Mi in 1971, she got a job in the Cros-Lex School District as a cafeteria cook. As her children grew up and married and raised her grandchildren, she became affectionately known as Yia Yia. Chances are that if you heard someone calling out “Yoo-hoo” she was nearby.
Vicky is survived by her 5 children: Rich Zimmer (Jill) Sarnia, Ontario, Debbie Liming, Tucson, AZ, Greg Zimmer (Sharon) Riverview, Fl, Kathy Wilkins (Ed) Riverview, Fl, and Jeff Zimmer (Pam) Fort Gratiot, MI. She is Blessed with 10 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.
Vicky worshiped our Father in Heaven at the Colonial Woods Missionary Church in Port Huron, Mi. She will be buried alongside her parents at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit. The Family is planning a Celebration of Life Gathering at the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse across from her condo on Omar Street in Port Huron on Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Please save the date)
They shall still bear fruit in old age. They shall be fresh and flourishing to declare that the Lord is Upright…. Psalm 92:14-15
Vicky’s quick wit never slowed down, even as she physically slowed down. She may have needed a walker to walk, but she could definitely do the talking. We all have fond memories of sitting with her and listening to her stories and songs. Her children have fond memories of camping in Kalkaska, MI. They grew up enjoying boating, fishing and waterskiing with cousins and family in Birch Beach on Lake Huron. Fish frys, city chicken, spaghetti and chili over mashed potatoes are some of the meals that take you right back in time to relive her dedication to family and quality time spent together.
A special heartfelt thanks to her devoted friends and caregivers at Twin Creeks Facility on Boyette Rd in Lithia. We also want to thank Lifepath Hospice for their continuous care for Mom’s comfort.
“See you later Alligator!!” and the family said, “After a while Crocodile!”