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Sterling Edwin Zimmerman

May 20, 1944 ~ September 9, 2019 (age 75)


Sterling Edwin “Ned” Zimmerman Jr.                     Age 75

Born in Baltimore on 5/20/44, son of the late Beverly (Harrison) Zimmerman and Dr. Sterling Edwin Zimmerman, Ned was raised in Glen Burnie, Maryland.  He was the older brother of Barbara (Tim Jolly), Marian, and Janet (Bob Wolfing.)  He and Susan (Mann) were married for 49 years, after having been set up on a blind date.  Ned’s daughters are Debbie & Laurie, and he was “Poppy” to Ana & Lucas.  He died in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 9/8/19.

Ned was educated at the Severn School, Williams College, and Cornell University.  He and Susan joined the Peace Corps and lived in Chile from 1968-1971.  He served the City of Grand Rapids in the City Planning and Economic Development departments, followed by years in his own development consulting company. 

Ned was a Tenor and Baritone in the Shubert Male Chorus for 35 years.  He was a dedicated member of the Calvin-Giddings Patriotic Association organizing the Hollyhock Lane Parade for 40 years.  He belonged to All Souls Community Church for close to two decades.  Ned was a lifelong birdwatcher and lover of nature.  Many other titles were held by Ned over the years: “Captain Sofa,”  “Office of Trivial Information,”  “Bank of Dad,” “Nedly.”  Friend.

A memorial service, followed by light refreshments (chocolate), will be held at:

2pm on Sunday November 3, 2019

All Souls Community Church

2727 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ned’s honor can be made to:

Kids’ Food Basket

1300 Plymouth Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505


The Nature Conservancy in Michigan

101 E César E. Chávez Ave, Lansing, MI 48906

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Memorial Service
November 3, 2019

2:00 PM
All Souls Community Church
2727 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506


Kids' Food Basket
2055 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Suite C, Grand Rapids MI 49505
Tel: 1-616-235-4532

Nature Conservancy of Michigan
101 E. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Lansing MI 48906
Tel: 1-517-316-0300

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