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Maves Zimmerman, 1927-2019

Funeral services for Maves M. Zimmerman will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church in rural Albert Lea. The Rev. Matthew Griggs will officiate. Burial will be at Clarks Grove Baptist Cemetery.

Maves Zimmerman

Maves passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, with family by her side at the St. John’s Lutheran Community apartments in Albert Lea. She was 91.

Maves Marvine (Wahlers) was born Dec. 28, 1927, outside of Myrtle to Werner and Matilda “Tilly” (Lau) Wahlers. She remembers waking up early to milk the cows before going to school at a one-room schoolhouse. After schooling, Maves worked at Naeve Hospital, where she would meet her future husband.

On April 7, 1946, she was united in marriage to Nathan Zimmerman in Myrtle. To this union, the couple was blessed with six children. The family called the Albert Lea, Manchester and Clarks Grove areas home.

Maves worked as a cook for many years. Highlights included cooking at Country Kitchen for 15 years and at the Skyline Bakery for 10 years, along with a few other various locations.

When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed crocheting, cooking and baking, crafting and gardening — where they would sell their produce at the local farmers markets. Playing cards was always a favorite activity — Nuts, 500 and Hand and Foot were some of her favorites and she never liked to lose! Maves and friends also founded the group Polka Lovers of America, and she remembered making the outfits for new members. She will be known for her sense of humor and storytelling that will live on within her family.

Maves is survived by her six children, Clay (Nancy) Zimmerman and their children Matt and Jody, Audrey Mlodzik and her children Jacalyn and Barry, Char Embry and her children David, Jon and Mike, Ronnie (Danelle) Zimmerman and their children Cory, Casey and Kelsey, Lonnie (Lori) Zimmerman and their child, Coreen, and Connie Smith (significant other, Raleigh) and children Steven, Crystal, David, Shannon and Tanner; numerous great-grandchildren; and many loving extended relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Nathan; parents Werner and Tilly Wahlers; granddaughter, Marcha Jepson; as well as two granddaughters in infancy; six great-grandchildren in infancy; and siblings Earl Wahler, Marvine (Don) Hanson and Wilfred Wahler.

Her memories will always be cherished by her six children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be lovingly missed by all who knew her.