ZIMMERMAN, Jean O. (Johnson)
Our dear mother, Oma, and friend peacefully left the boundaries of this Earth on Saturday, September 24, 2011 in Sandpoint, Idaho. A gathering to celebrate Jean's life will be held on November 12th at 4:00pm at the Sandpoint Elks Lodge. Jean Olivine, the third child of Claude Vernon and Anna Laura (Prichard) Johnson, was born in Chelsea, Oklahoma on November 13, 1918. She received an award from the State of Oklahoma for 12 years of perfect attendance in school. She attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, OK and graduated in 1938 with a degree in Speech. On October 13, 1940 she married Klar Zimmerman who shortly thereafter began serving in the US Navy. In 1945, after the war, Jean and Klar, traveled to the Pacific Northwest to visit relatives and while on their trip had the "good fortune" to have a flat tire in Thompson Falls, MT. Within weeks of that incident, they returned there and ultimately, made that their home for the next twenty-nine years. Once Klar retired they made Hope, ID their home and enjoyed fishing, skiing, boating, and wonderful friends. Jean continued to live in Hope until 1997 when she moved into Sandpoint. Until the end of 2009, she maintained her own home with all the corresponding duties like lawn mowing and snow removal. Jean then moved into Luther Park, which she enjoyed except that she felt they pampered her too much. Jean enjoyed downhill skiing until she was 80 and was member of the Prime Timer's at Schweitzer. She loved to play cards, belonged to many bridge clubs, was a member of the CA Chapter of P.E.O, and enjoyed needlework. She was an excellent hostess and cook and a wonderful friend to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Klar Zimmerman in 1990 and a son, Robert in 1958. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Bob) Lochmiller of Spokane; grandchildren Robert (Lesley) Lochmiller of Yakima, WA, Mariah (Richard) Decker of Broomfield, CO, and Amanda Lochmiller of Scottsdale, AZ; and two great grandchildren Drew and Paige Lochmiller, also of Yakima. LAKEVIEW FUNERAL HOME in Sandpoint is handling the arrangements.