Dorothy Helen Zimmerli

1920 - 2021


Dorothy Helen Cook Zimmerli, was born November 12, 1920, at a farm in western Dickinson County, Iowa, the daughter of Ray (W.R.) Cook and his wife, Selma Marie (Peterson). Dorothy was the youngest of two children, having an older brother, Elwood.

In 1935, the family moved to a farm just north of Lakefield, where she lived until her marriage.

Dorothy attended Excelsior Consolidated School until she was a junior in high school, when she moved to Lakefield High School. She graduated there in 1936 and worked at the

school for various teachers while she took courses in secretarial work not offered in her previous school. In 1938 she became employed at the former AAA office in Lakefield and was there until her marriage.

On June 8, 1941 she was married at the Methodist Church in Lakefield to Dana Zimmerli, Jr., well-known Jackson resident. They moved to Jackson and been residents since, with only short periods of time away from Jackson. Dana was a cabinet maker at the Jackson Millwork. In 1948-49 she was a Montgomery Ward representative here, but that program was discontinued. In the fall of 1949, she started working for the Livewire Printing Co. and was an employee of that firm until November 12, 1982, a period of some 33 years. By that time, she was in charge of the layout department; at one time she was the only front-office employee of the firm.

Always concerned with the welfare and growth of the city of Jackson, Dorothy served on a number of boards and agencies through the years. She was on the 21st Century Committee in the 1960s, served on the Good Samaritan board and was an ardent supporter of the library, and was a charter member of the Friends of the Library when it was formed more recently. Her son and husband were both involved with Scouts and she was an ardent abettor of their activities.

Church work was never forgotten by Dorothy from the time she was a teen-ager. She served on most committees in the local church, wrote tracts and histories, did the lay-out for all of the "little cookbooks·' sold by church women and was responsible for several larger cookbooks published in previous years. She was baptized in the Excelsior Methodist Church when she was only weeks old and has been a faithful member here since 1941, having served as organist for 61 years before retiring in 2008. Music has always been a part of her life after nine lessons when she was a youngster. Church work went beyond the local church, as she served on the United Methodist Women state board where she was secretary for a period of years and editor of the first newsletter put out by the organization in the late 1970s.

When she retired from the Livewire, she and her husband spent winters in-their motor home and crisscrossed the 48 contiguous states a number of times. For a period, most years they served at a mission in southeast Kentucky which was gratifying to them. All together they served there for a total of weeks and months amounting to over three years. After her husband died in 2004, she continued to be active in the community and church. She moved into the Pines residence in about 2007. After a fall in 2016, she moved into the Good Samaritan home, where she lived until her death in 2021. She died on April 2, 2021, at the age of 100.

Dorothy leaves to mourn her passing a beloved son and daughter-in-law, Dana Wayne, and Ann, who live in Redondo Beach, CA. There are two granddaughters, Tanya Cramer, and her husband Jon, in Reston, VA, and Christina Zimmerli Libertini and her husband, Adrian, in San Luis Obispo, CA. They have a son, Matthias, who is14 years old. There are dozens of nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her husband, Dana, Jr.; her parents and her one brother, Elwood, who died in1986.

God bless the memory of Dorothy Zimmerli.

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