Gail M. Zimpher
Gail Marie Zimpher, 75, of Fond
du Lac, lost her long courageous battle to cancer surrounded by her family at
the Hospice Home of Hope on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Gail was born on August 9, 1944, in Fond du
Lac, the daughter of Elder and Estella Sellnow. Gail was a 1962 graduate of
On February 23, 1974, Gail
married Bernard L. Zimpher at the First Presbyterian Church in Fond du Lac.
Gail was employed for twenty-three years at Regal Ware in Kewaskum. After
retiring from Regal Ware, she worked for three years at the Comfort Inn in Fond
du Lac before getting sick with cancer.
Gail fought cancer hard when
first diagnosed in 2007, she fought long and hard again when cancer reared its
ugly head in 2013. This time, she needed to have her lung removed, she did that
with a smile on her face and then, cancer reared its head yet again. This time Gail came out of the gates fighting
like a warrior, however, this time around Gail’s body could not keep up with
all the chemo treatments. Cancer had won, but not without an amazing, strong,
graceful and courageous fight! Fly high sweet angel, you earned those wings!
In Gail’s free time she enjoyed
watching the Green Bay Packers, Nascar Races, (she was a huge fan of Dale
Earnhardt Jr.), detailing Bernie’s semitruck and trailer to compete in the
Waupun truck shows where they won four first place trophies, word searches,
reading and being with family and friends. Most recently, she enjoyed the
company of her great-grandson who was always her best medicine! When he was
around, she would smile from ear to ear. Gail too could always put a smile on
your face or make you laugh when you were feeling down.
Gail is survived by her husband
of forty-five years Bernie Zimpher of Fond du Lac; her sister, Bonnie J
Bartlett of Spanaway; WA; her daughter, Tammy (Jeff) Mattern of West Milwaukee;
two grandsons, Devin Bahr of West Allis, Kody (Johanna Stanly) Mattern of South
Milwaukee and one great-grandson Levi Bruno Mattern of South Milwaukee. Two
brothers-in-law, Ron (Carolyn) Zimpher of Fond du Lac, Denise (Diane) Zimpher
of Fond du Lac; one sister-in-law Diane Bader of Waterloo. Gail is further survived
by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Gail was preceded in death by her
mother, father, maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents, two brothers-in-
law, Robert and Gary Zimpher; and one sister in law Sharon Zimpher.
Gail and her family would like to
give a special thank you to Dr. Lilly, Nurse Keri, Dr. Lumberg Nurse Sara, Dr.
Hatahet, Nurse Joan. Also, a special
thank you to all the nurses, caregivers, staff and volunteers at the Hospice
Home of Hope, The Cancer Center, The Blood Center and Agnesian Hospital for all
their care, guidance and support over the last 12 years.
Thank you to everyone that sent
cards, visited, called, sent flowers and took time out of your day to make
Gail’s day a bit brighter. She appreciated everything very much and felt bad
she couldn’t do thank you cards. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the
Cancer Center or the Hospice Home of Hope.
Visitation will take place on
Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Uecker-Witt Funeral
Home, 524 N. Park Ave, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935. A funeral service will follow
the visitation at the funeral home at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow the service
at Estabrooks Cemetery.
Additional information and
guestbook can be found at ueckerwitt.com