Dorothy Elizabeth Zimmer, SP
Jun 7, 1918 – Feb 21, 2017
DOROTHY ZIMMER, SP
(Sister Elizabeth of Providence)
Sister Dorothy Zimmer, age 98, a Sister of Providence for 73 years, died February 21, 2017, at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, WA. Vigil Service: Monday, February 27, 2017, at 7:00 PM, and Funeral Mass: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 10:00 AM, both at Mount St. Joseph, 12 West Ninth Avenue, Spokane, WA. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, WA, after Mass and reception. Holy Cross Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Elizabeth Zimmer was born June 7, 1918 to Peter and Elizabeth Niehoff Zimmer, in Glentana, Montana. She was the second oldest of six children. Dorothy entered the Sisters of Providence in February 1943 at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, WA, and in August 1943, she became a novice. In February 1945 she professed first vows and received the name Sister Elizabeth of Providence, and in February 1948 she professed final vows.
Sister Dorothy graduated from Opheim High School in Opheim, Montana in 1936, then began a three-year program at Columbus Hospital School of Nursing, Great Falls, Montana, and graduated in 1939. She worked three years as a nurse, then entered the novitiate at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle. In 1948 she received her registered nurse certification from the State of Idaho.
From 1945-78 Sr. Dorothy’s ministry was that of a registered nurse in several health care institutions in the province: Washington: Spokane - Sacred Heart Medical Center; Idaho: Wallace – Providence Hospital; and Montana: St. Ignatius – Holy Family Hospital; Great Falls - Columbus Hospital; Missoula – St. Patrick Hospital. From 1978-1996 she served in pastoral care in Montana at St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula and in the parish of St. Raphael in Glasgow, as well as Valley View Nursing Home. In June 1996 Sr. Dorothy retired to Mount St. Joseph in Spokane where she volunteered in the Archives office.
Some of Sr. Dorothy’s hobbies were handicrafts, swimming, embroidery and crocheting. In March 2012, Dorothy moved to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, where she enjoyed and cherished spending time and her sisters in community.
Sr. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Louise Zimmer Lucas, Paul Zimmer, Raymond Zimmer, Richard Zimmer, and Leonie Zimmer Pehan. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.
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