Obituaries for Surnames Beginning With "Z"
Aitkin County, Minnesota


Charlene Yvonne Zimmerman, 65, Duluth, died Oct. 16, 2002, in Baraboo, Wisconsin, while traveling with her husband.

She was born March 5, 1937, in McGregor, the daughter of George and Hilda (Palmer) Miller. She worked at the Grand Marais State Bank, the Boy Scout Office in Duluth, and retired as office manager at Cutler Manger. She was a member of Hillside United Methodist Church, member of the Business and Professional Women, and a member of the Zonta Club where she held various positions, including president, treasurer, and was very active in their Books for Kids program. She married Merlin on August 4, 1956.

She is survived by her husband, Merlin; sons and daughters-in-law; Steven and Shari, Duluth; Greg, Hermantown; and Mark and Cheryl, Ashburn, Va.; grandchildren; Greg Jr., Joel, Amanda, Tomas and April; great-grandson, Austin; and brothers and sisters-in-law; Vernon and Janet Miller, McGregor, and Marvin and Vicki Miller, Brainerd.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services were held Oct. 21 at the Hill side United Methodist Church in Duluth.

Arrangements were with the Bell Brothers Funeral and Cremation Services in Duluth.

Contributed by
Karen Klennert
Source: Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper


"A merry heart does good, like medicine...."
Proverbs 17:22

Mary Alden Zuel, 78, died peacefully after a couragious battle with
ALS on Jan. 31, 2003, at her home on Big Pine Lake in Aitkin County. She was surrounded by her family.

She was born on Aug. 2, 1924, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Alden and Maude (Greene) Bach. She graduated from St. Louis Park High School in the class of 1941. She first came to Aitkin County as a young girl in grade school, staying at her best friend Jean Wray's family cabin, Tarrymore, on Big Pine Lake. From her earliest days, she fell in love with the lake. After marrying "Bud" in 1946, there was no peace until he managed to purchase her a cabin on the lake. In 1957, Bud and Mary bought their hand-built log cabin from Bob Oades when Bob was transferred to Atlanta. For the next 35 years, Mary and her family treasured their summers from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the lake. In 1990 Bud and Mary made Aitkin their permanent home. She was determined to play bridge five days a week and was honored to call herself a member of the "Rich and Famous Club" and the "Blue Goosers," name she affectionately coined. She loved Aitkin and promoted it at every opportunity. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her love of life, family, and friends, whether through bridge, AA meetings, tea parties, or in line at the grocery store.

A memorial service will be held on Sat., Feb. 15, at 11 a.m. followed by visitation at Hazelton Township Hall, Hwy. 169 in Aitkin County.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Charles "Bud" Cheadle; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dick Weber; sons and spouses, John and Jan, David and Barbara, Tim and Bill Sternberg; grandchildren, Kathryn, Deanna and Lacey Weber, Chris and fiancee Gina Viktora, Jamie Zuel, Jessica Zuel and fiancÚ Ryan Guggenberger, Andrea Zuel and Cher Cobus, Alicia and Todd Morgan, Jeff and Geri Olson; great-grandchildren, Kasey and Flynn Morgan and Camilla Olson; and sister-in-law Joan Bach.

She was preceded in death by son, Charles Alden; parents, Alden and Maude (Greene) Bach; and brother, John Bach.

Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin Hospice, 301 Minnesota Ave. So., Aitkin, MN 56431.

Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.

Contributed by Karen Klennert
Source: Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper

Contributed by
Karen Klennert
Source: Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper