James J. Zimmerman, age 74, passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s House in Chicago on December 28, 2015.
James was born on March 6, 1941 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He attended St. Mary’s Springs High School. After high school, James entered the United States Navy where he remained for 20 years. James served in Vietnam and served on the USS Crockett (PG-88) and the USS Windham County (LST 1170). While stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, James met his future wife and love of his life Yoshiko Kushima. They were married on September 25, 1968. Upon his return to the U.S., his daughter Emily was born on March 9, 1970. After living in various areas of the U.S., James and his family settled in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1979. He retired from the Navy in 1981 and started working at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Illinois, where he remained for 20 years.
James volunteered for the Ministry of Hope at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He loved his Packers (esp. Brett Favre), gardening, riding his bike, working on cars, going to sprint car races, and just tinkering around the house. For a long time, he was the unofficial handyman at his daughter’s condo building. James was like an encyclopedia of knowledge and enjoyed anything military or war related. He was a quiet man, but someone who could always be relied on.
James is survived by his daughter Emily Cerbone and his son-in-law Joseph Cerbone. He was preceded in death by his wife Yoshiko, brother Del, sisters-in-law Nancy, Asae, Munako, and Keiko, brothers-in-law Kazuo and Dale, and nephew Michael.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday January 2, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kenosha. (Corner of 39th Avenue and 73rd Street) Visitation with the family will be on Saturday at the church from 9:30AM until the time of mass. Burial will follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made in his name to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Les Turner Foundation.
Thank you to his caregiver and friend Yoneko Berenz, the Les Turner Foundation, ALS Worldwide, JourneyCare, the Hines VA,Northwestern Hospital, the Ministry of Hope, and many more.