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Ruth Ann (Henry) Zimmer

July 16, 1923 ~ November 21, 2020 (age 97)


Ruth Zimmer, age 97 of Ontonagon, died November 21, 2020 at Aspirus Long Term Care. She was born July 16, 1923 to Hannes and Tephla (Hill) Holmstrom at the home of her grandparents on the Cranberry Road. After the death of her father, her mother married John Henry, who raised her, along with sisters Katherine who survives her, and Eleanor.

Ruth graduated from Ontonagon High School in 1941, Michigan State University in 1945, and received a Masters Degree from Northern Michigan University. She taught home economics, English and speech in the Rockland, Mass City and Ontonagon schools.

Ruth was active in many local organizations including the Ontonagon County Historical Society, Ontonagon Township Library, Women's Club and Holy Family Catholic Church. She was an excellent seamstress who enjoyed  making clothes for her daughters and friends, as well as costumes for many local plays.

Ruth is survived by her children Sally of Mt. Pleasant, James of Nashwauk, MN, Mary of College Station, TX, and Betty (Terry) Freeman of Marquette; grandchildren, Kirk Gunderson of Casper, WY, Jamie and Jason Freeman of Marquette and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by Jay, her husband of 61 years, their son John, and sister Eleanor Henry.

Offerings in Ruth's name can be made to the Ontonagon County Historical Society, 422 River St., or the Ontonagon Township Library, 311 N. Steel St.

Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements for a burial next May of 2021.

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Ontonagon County Historical Society
422 River Rd., Ontonagon MI 49953

Ontonagon Township Library
311 N. Steel St., Ontonagon MI 499953
Tel: 1-906-884-4411

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