Arlene Zimmerman

arlene zimmerman

Arlene Elizabeth Zimmerman passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Bethany on University Drive, while under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Arlene was born to Leo and Lydia Eisel on November 4, 1929 in Fargo, ND.  She grew up in Little Falls and Duluth, MN.  She went to beauty school in Duluth, and also worked for the telephone company there.  She met her husband, Cliff, in Duluth, and married in December of 1946.  Cliff and Arlene had two children, Deanna “Dee” (Larry) Johnson of Moorhead, MN, and Earl (Nancy) Zimmerman of Corcoran, MN.  They moved to St. Louis Park, MN in 1962.  Mom worked for the J. C. Penney Co., until she retired in 1981.  At that time, she and her husband worked part time at True Value Hardware for many years.  She and her husband moved to Bethany Retirement in Fargo in 2008.  Anyone who knew Arlene would agree that she invented the phrase “born to shop.”  She loved keeping up on the latest fashions and always looking nice.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff, who died 1 November of 2010.  She is survived by her daughter Deanna and son Earl, along with three grandsons, Jeff (Karla) Johnson, Fargo, ND, Dan (Kristen) Zimmerman of Eden Prairie, MN, and Eric Zimmerman of St. Paul, MN, and one great-grandson, Ryan Zimmerman of Eden Prairie, MN.

The family would like to thank Bethany Retirement Living and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their kind and compassionate care of Mom over the years.

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  1. Davenport ND
    I am so sorry and sad that I missed Arlene’s funeral. I called early last week and she was still with us. They were supposed to let me know if she passed away, but no one did. I found out today. I will so miss your mom, when she was better, I enjoyed our visits, she was a classy lady. I will also miss you Dee, I loved seeing your pretty face around Bethany and sitting and talking with you. I am very blessed to have met Arlene and her family, I have made so many friends through the residents and one of them was you. Love to you and your family, I bet Cliff was one happy guy when he saw Arlene. Hope we can get together sometime, that would be so much fun. Nancy

  2. Fargo Im so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom she will truly be missed but not forgoten she was a nice loving lady. Deanna you take care going to miss seeing your face at Bethany would of love to come on Fri but was on vacation and didn’t hear about it till today. Thinking of you and your family.

    Chara Counts
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