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Born: May 01, 1921

Date of Passing: Aug 15, 2011

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MYRTLE I. ZIMMERMAN The family announces the passing of Myrtle Zimmerman, much loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, on Monday, August 15, 2011. Her husband Reinhold predeceased Myrtle in March 1997. She will always be remembered with love by her children, Margaret (Peter) Mills, Bob (Wendy), Alex (Kathy) in Victoria BC, Ann (Len) Pedersen, and Neil (Laura), and daughter-in-law Bev Zimmerman. Also remembering her are grandchildren, Tristan (Colleen) and Morgan Mills, Colin, Cameron (Tina) Zimmerman, Carla (Brodie) Pedersen, Sonja and Carl Pedersen, Kate, Eric and Andrea Zimmerman; and great-grandchildren, Owen and Liam Mills. Myrtle had many nieces and nephews. Myrtle was born on the family homestead in south central Saskatchewan on May 1, 1921, and was the last living of nine children. Her prairie heritage and upbringing during the great drought and depression of the 1930s was central to shaping her outlook on life and her strong social democratic values. Myrtle completed her teaching certificate at Normal School in Regina, and taught in several one-roomed rural Saskatchewan schools from 1941 to 1946. In one of these rural communities, she met and married Reinhold, the love of her life. They moved together to Winnipeg in 1948, and moved to Charleswood in 1950, where she remained. Over the long course of her life, Myrtle was challenged by some life threatening health problems, but she was determined not to let these issues stand in the way of living her life to the utmost. After some time spent teaching in the Assiniboine South School Division, and serving with Home and School Associations, she was elected as a Trustee in 1970, serving for 18 years, including time as Chair of the Board. In addition, she also served on the Manitoba Association of School Trustees, including a year as President, and was representative for a year with the Canadian Association of School Trustees. During these years, she was highly esteemed by fellow trustees, other school boards, by teachers, staff and families. Myrtle was a founding member of Winnipeg Technical College, becoming chair of that Board. She spent three years with the Interfaith Family Institute at the University of Winnipeg, including time as President. Myrtle was a tireless community volunteer. In the 1950s and 1960s, she established and ran a 4-H club for girls out of Royal School, taught Sunday School, and was active in parent organizations for Guiding and Scouting. Her passion was education and children. In later years, she was a founding member of the Charleswood Historical Society, and the Charleswood Senior Centre. In 2002 Myrtle was awarded the Queen's Jubilee medal for Community Service. Myrtle was a role model, a dear friend, a community treasure and the heart of her family. She will be deeply missed. The world is poorer without her. If friends so choose, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a memorial scholarship. Donations may be made out to Winnipeg Technical College, reference Myrtle Zimmerman Memorial Award.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 20, 2011

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