Mark Zimmerman

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died February 17, 2007

Mark. E. Zimmermann, age 56, of 415 South 10th Street; Gladstone, died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, February 17th, 2007, while on a skiing trip with family and friends in the Ironwood, Michigan area.
Mark was born May 28, 1950 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, the son of John and Marilyn (Stock) Zimmermann and was a lifelong Gladstone resident. In 1968 he graduated from the Holy Name High School of Escanaba and later attended Bay de Noc Community College.

In 1973, Mark married the former Susan M. Waeghe at All Saints Church and together they have three wonderful children.

Mark worked in the construction field most of his working life and was employed for

0 Tributes for “Mark Zimmerman

    It still seem so unreal that when I come to Gladstone I no longer will see a very dear friend since grade school year. All of you who miss him so much daily are in my thoughts and prayers. The beautiful memorial mass with a pack church was a great tribute to Mark and his entire family. We will always remember him with love and laughs.
    Mary Ann Sinclair Vito
    Rochester Hills, MI


    I am so sory to hear about Mark, I guess I need to talk to my mother more often. My thoughts are with you as yours were with us.

    Debra Marshall
    Asheville, NC

    Mrs Z., Adam, Marisa, Grace, and families, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Mark was a great man, and was loved by all. I’ll always remember his warm smile and great attitude while we were growing up, and going to school right across the street from the Zimmermans home. You are all in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

    Michelle (Matter) Casey
    Halifax, PA

    Dear Zimmermann Family,

    I am so saddened by your great loss… may you all have the strength to make it through this difficult time. Remember that he is always with you in spirit. Take care of each other.

    Rachel Boddy
    Lille, France

    Dear Sue & Family:

    I just heard about Mark today. The obituary is such a beautiful tribute to him and very truly brings to mind the Mark we all knew and loved. Please know that you and your kids and all the Zimmermann’s are in my thoughts and prayers

    With love & sympathy,

    Toni (Marmalick) Marchese
    De Pere, WI

    Though I left Esky years ago, I have a lot of good memories of Mark from HNHS, Class of ’68, and enjoyed touching base at a couple reunions. A sad loss – still so young and vibrant.

    Rick (the ‘Bird’) & Fran Armstrong
    St. Louis, MO

    Brian and I have only good memories of our life long friend. Mark and I have been friends from our days at All Saints and Holy Name,right through the years of raising our kids together. My children have only good memories of Mark too. He lived out the motto “LIVE-LOVE-LAUGH”. As far as specific memories, one of my favorites was when Mark would recall the All Saints 8th grade boys performing “McNamara’s Band”. He claimed to still have the costume! He leaves a powerful legacy. Mark lives on in his son Adam, and Marisa and Grace are beautiful and sensative women. Our hearts are broken for Sue, the kids and his grandbabies, but he was so proud of all of you.

    Caren Nicholas
    Gladstone, MI

    Sue, Adam, Marissa, Grace, John, Marilyn and Family,

    We are very sad to hear of Mark’s death. He was such a wonderful neighbor and caring friend. He was so fun to have at our neighborhood block parties. He was always laughing and kept us laughing. We are blessed to have known him. Whenever we were out in the yard in the summer, we could always hear Mark playing his guitar in his backyard. We liked to sit quietly and just listen to him and we also enjoyed doing our yard work to his wonderful music. He will be missed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love,

    Debbie and Rick Wilson
    Gladstone, MI

    Sue, Grace & Family,

    We are truly going to miss Mark, he was a wonderful person and inspiration to us all. Although our family became friends with you just these past few years through softball, we feel as though we have known you our whole life! I liked to call Mark “granola man”; he would be eating yogurt and nuts and the rest of us would be eating chips and dip! We had the privilege to camp with Mark, Sue & Grace last summer. Mark graced us with his musical skills around the camp fire with Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” – he made sure we all knew the words!! Mark will always be with you, keep the memories alive. We love you all and are here for you always.

    Tracey, Jeff, Megan & Mikayla Depuydt
    Rapid River, MI

    Dear Sue,

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. While I haven’t seen any of you for a long time, I have fond memories of when we lived next door to one another upstairs on Main Street in Esky many years ago. (My daughter Meghan was a baby.) Having known Mark through Mary, it sounds as though the kind heart that was evident back in high school just continued to grow in love for his family and community. Please convey my sympathies to Mary and the rest of the Zimmermann family. May your wonderful memories sustain you.

    Sue Pearson Sinclair
    Green Bay, WI

    Dear Sue and Family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of Marks death. Although Lisa and I have been gone for awhile now, I have always thought of mark as a close friend. I’ll always remember listening to folk music and playing our guitars together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. Mark will be truely missed by many.

    Greg & Lisa Sharp
    Seattle, WA

    The Zimmermann Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. I’m truly honored to have known him. May God be with you all.

    Adam and Susan (Johnson) Fisher
    Lansing, MI

    Sue and family, I am so sorry to hear about Mark. I also graduated from Holy Name but a few years behind him. You would know me better as the manager of Claires in the mall. That is where I got to know you and Grace. If you need a shoulder to cry on you can drop in or call any time. Praying that things will get better with time.

    Pauline Anderson Sarasin
    Escanaba, MI

    Sue, John, Marilyn and the rest of the Zimmerman family, I have known Mark and your family since our family first moved to Gladstone (Kipling) back in ’69. Since our parents became such good friends it made sense that we became friends. Mark had a way of making you feel so comfortable when you were around him and your right, he sure could make you laugh. We both shared a common love in guitar playing and music with both of us leading youth worship groups. Through my sister Anne we’ve traded songs back and forth over the years. I know that at a time like this words cannot always convey the message we want to send. Zimmerman clan know that the Leonardi’s (all of us) will help you through this in anyway we can, it’s what good friends do! You were there for us when my pops passed away and we are here for you. I will be praying for you all and Mark, I will miss you my “brother” but we will meet again in God’s kingdom one day! All my love!

    Stephen & Kathleen Leonardi
    Helendale, CA

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am very sorry for your great loss.

    Rachell VanBrocklin and family
    Caledonia, MI

    To the Zimmermann Family, our deepest sympathy to the family at this very difficult time. Nothing that is said will take away the pain you are feeling now, just remember all the good times and memories that you have. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    MK Direct and DMC Advertising
    Pewaukee, WI

    Dear Sue and ALL the Zimmermann family,

    It was with great sadness I learned of Mark’s passing. I have known most of you for many years, and I have always treasured the blustery winter day when Mark and I spent a whole day skiing on Marquette Mountain.

    Marilyn & John, it is with great sorrow to realize you have lost another son.

    May God give you all courage and strength in the coming days.

    We are with all of you in thoughts and prayers.

    Al and Dolly Salmi
    Rapid River & Gladstone/Lake Worth, FL

    Sue, Adam, Marisa, Grace & Family,

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a such wonderful person and it was an honor and a pleasure working with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sue Johnson, Paul Neuman & Family
    Gladstone, MI

    I’ve known Mark since the days we played ball in city league. He was one of the finest men that I knew. He will surely be missed not only for his great personality and outlook on life, but also for his impact on the people that he touched. My heart goes out Sue and the family.

    Tom Morin
    Escanaba, MI

    Zimmermann Family,

    I am sorry for your loss. I am so honored to have known Mark. It may have been short but it was surely great. We had many laughs together from coaching ball, to the hotel stays, to swimming in the pool (water ball fights), to camping and having Mark singing around the camp fire. Mark was always there for the kids. I quess you could say “he was a kid himself.”

    Your family is in my prayers.

    Lori Sharon
    Cornell, MI

    Zimmerman Family,

    I am deeply saddened by your loss. Mark was an incredible man. One of my favorite memories of Mark..which he reminded of me just last summer, was when, Adam, Micah & I took Mark’s car out on the pipeline mudding. We got it stuck and didn’t have it back in time for him to be to work. He didn’t think it was funny at the time..but did last summer. He was a man who loved his family and friends and put them first in his life. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With love and sympathy~ Erin Phillips & family

    Erin & Starr Phillips & family
    St. Paul, MN

    We extend our deepest condolences to the Zimmerman family. I only knew Mark since he became an electrician, but as I read through everything above here, the traits and qualities that are the true measure of accomplishment in one’s life are listed in detail by every line of tribute. I feel the same way about Mark. While I only saw him at work, I considered him a good friend. Mark was a kind, warm, caring, and genuine guy. My life was made better for having known him.

    Steve & Sue Nelson
    Ishpeming, MI

    Sue, & Family,

    So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing, I’ll always remember his smile, and spunk. My thoughts and prayer’s are with you at this difficult time.

    Mia (Waeghe) Maki
    Gladstone, MI

    To Marks Family:

    Mark was an amazing individual always so full of life and always appeared happy. We were Classmates at HNHS class of 68′. He will be missed and always remembered.

    Pat Dwyer
    Aurora, CO

    Sue,Grace,Adam, Marissa & Zimmerman family.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. I know how hard this is and will keep you in my prayers. We are with you in spirit. Mark was an incredible man and an amazing friend(especiall to my mom!) He was such an incredible and kind man he will be missed by many. We love you and will be thinking of you. If there is anything we can do please let us know~

    With love and prayer~

    Ami(phillips), Jason, Brayden & Josie Furchner

    Ami (Phillips) Furchner & family
    Roseville, MN

    I can’t tell you how saddened I was to hear the news. I have only fond memories of my teenage years babysitting Adam and Marisa with Jude in the house on 10th Street, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all now.

    Andy Pfiester
    King George, VA


    I was shocked when I heard the newsI hope you are feeling a little better

    Audrey Strom
    Gladstone, MI

    Mark was a great man, I will always remember him as a father figure. He was a saint for putting up with all the things Adam and I put him through as kids. He will be greatly missed.

    Jeremy Michael Micheau
    Gladstone, MI

    Mark and I played football together one year. I was a year behind Mark at Holy Name. We spoke briefly at the HN all years reunion Aug/2005. Even though it had been 36 years since my family moved from Escanaba Mark remembered me. Sad news, he was a great guy. I was in Marcie’s class at HN, but my family moved half way through our sophmore year.

    John Leitzmann
    Milwaukee, WI

    Sue and Family – Mark and I went through grade school together at All Saints and high school at Holy Name. I would always make a point of contacting him when I would be home visiting. He was a good friend and a great father and husband. He will be missed. I know that your family prayed for me when I was sick with cancer and I am praying for all of you now. Wishing you comfort and peace in this time of sadness.
    Jim Burroughs
    Aptos, CA

    To Sue and the Zimmerman family:

    I was very shocked and sad to read about Mark’s death. I have fond memories of Mark giving Mary and me rides in the van from Holy Name to Gladstone in high school and will always remember Mark as a kind, fun-loving person. May his family find comfort knowing that Mark will always be with them.

    Joani (Almonroeder) and Jim Swanson
    Waukesha, WI

    Sue, Grace, Marissa, Adam and families:

    Words cannot express our deepest condolences to you all. We are very saddened by Mark’s passing. Continue to keep his memory alive and take care of one another.

    Reid and Marcy Phillips
    Austin, TX

    I’m sure you don’t know me but I played alot of ball with Mark at the Jr.High and in Fossil League. On Wednesday during our game, Mark elbowed me in the mouth. He felt badly. I thought it was kind of funny. This empathy he had for others was always there as we talked of our basketball aliments. Mark was a funny, caring, wonderful man who I thank God for putting in my life. My deepest condolences.
    Pat Wakefield
    Escanaba, MI


    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My heart is with your mother. May God Bless you all and bring you through this time of despair.

    Jodi Malchow
    Rapid River, MI

    Sue and Family,

    My heart is breaking for you. Mark was always the life of the party and will be missed by so many people. You are in our prayers.

    Kim & Troy Mosier
    Escanaba, MI

    I’ll always remember Mark as a truly nice guy who cared about others. My sincerest sympathy goes out to your family at such a loss. He will be remembered!

    Mary Anzalone Wild
    Rockford, MI

    Hello my name is Bill Anderson. Please let me extend my greatest sympathy for your loss of Mark.

    Myself along with my wife Jane were classmates of Marks while at Holy Name. Mark and I chummed together for a while in high school. I have fond momeries of how Mark and I would go to our family cottage on Stevens lake to fish. I also remember going to Flint with Mark and other friends to visit his cousin.

    God be with you.

    Bill and Jane Anderson
    Class of 68′
    Escanaba, MI

    I had the privilege of knowing this wonderful man for the last ten years. Sometimes working side by side 40 hours a week. Mark was a breath of fresh air. With his laughter and friendship the days flew by. Listening to him talk about his family and the love and joy they shared was an inspiration. Mark taught me, not only about our job but also about life. Take time to smell the roses, build memories with your children and love your family like there is no tomorrow.

    What a great person he was and he will be deeply missed.

    Carmen Livingston
    Gwinn, MI

    Dear Sue, Adam, Marisa, Grace, Marilyn, John, & family:

    It was very difficult for me to hear of Mark’s passing. He was an extraordinarily and genuinely friendly person. I didn’t know him very well, but I was blessed to be a part of the ensemble/youth choir at All Saints and to worship through music with Mark. He was very talented at guitar and had a wonderful voice.

    What I will always remember about Mark is how encouraging he was when I talked to him about playing the guitar Sister Therese had given me. He restrung it for me and fixed it for me once, and taught me which strings were which notes at choir practice. He was so helpful and kind, and played a major part in my growing passion for music. For our graduation, he gave me a capo for my guitar. It is a treasured possession. I just want you all to know that more than just being present and accompanying our songs, he made a lasting impact on the students in the choir.

    I always looked forward to running into him at church and chatting when I’d been away at school for a while. More than anything, his gregarious personality is what will leave a permanent impression on those lives he touched, and God surely blessed us to make him part of our lives.

    May you find comfort in God, family, and friends in this difficult time, and be assured of my condolences and prayers.

    Ashley Bovin
    Gladstone/Allendale, MI

    Sue & Gracie,

    We are deeply saddened by Mark’s death. We will always remember our trip to Florida….the evening “cocktail hour”, feeding KiKi and Tunami and “dad” Mark checking to be sure we were home…please know that you and your family will be in our prayers.

    Dick & Kathy Puddy
    Escanaba, MI

    To the Zimmermann family. I cannot even began to say how truly sorry I am for your loss. There’s really not enough I can say about Mark to express what a great person he was. After working with Mark, we not only became close coworkers, but also good friends. He will be sadly missed. Our condolences go out to his family, and you are in our prayers.

    Tom Daley and family
    Gladstone, MI

    Sue I was deeply shocked when I heard of Marks passing he was a true friend. we always talked about music and playing guitars when we were together. His friendship will be will be missed,I pray that God will give you comfort and strength in your time of sorrow. I know Bonnie and I will miss his friendly smile and his warm personality.

    Pete DeMay
    Gladstone, MI

    Mark was one of the greatest guys I’ve ever known. I always felt comfortable talking with him about anything from sports to kids to life. He was a great basketball player and always made me feel like part of the team. Ever since I heard about his death I’ve been very sad for the world’s loss. My deepest sympathy to all his family.

    Joe Muehlhaus
    Escanaba, MI

    Dear Sue and Grace

    I feel very sad about the lose.Mark was a good guy and coach to have. It was nice to know him.

    Christine Sharon
    Cornell, MI

    Dear Gracey and Sue,

    I was very sad to hear about Coach Mark’s passing. I learned a lot from him over the years. I am glad I got to know him. He was one of the best coaches ever. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

    Nicole Sharon
    Cornell, MI

    Sue and family, We were also away and so saddened to hear the news of Mark’s passing. Our girls, especially. Mark was a great person and we feel lucky we got to know him. He was always there to lend a hand or a smile. We’ll miss him! Our prayers are with you all.

    Becky and Pat Quinn and Family
    Gladstone, MI

    Zimmerman Family – We are so sorry to hear about Mark. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. You could not have send it better above – Mark was the “family man”. With your memories, Mark will always be with you.

    Art, Cathy, Monique & Lindsay Gallegos
    Lansing, MI

    The entire Zimmermann family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Mark. My heart goes out to you in these difficult times. I wish I could be there to mourn with you and be of any consolation.

    My favorite memories of Mark will always be of him yelling at the dog when we were kids. I could hear his deep voice all the way to my house, so I know that dog, Celtic, could hear him! That dog was so smart it could always get out of his penn and I know it drove Mark crazy for years. He loved that dog though, he had a big heart and that’s what I’ll remember most of all.

    My sympathies.

    Jessie Johnson
    San Francisco, CA

    Sue and family–So sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. My sympathy to you and your family. My heart and prayers are with you at this sad time .

    Jean Koski
    Kingsford, MI

    Sue, and family

    I’m so sorry to her about Mark’s passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and friends.

    Thinking of You

    Debbie Mokszycke
    Escanaba, MI

    To all the Zimmerman family, our deepest condolences to you at this time. May time ease your grief, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mary (Madden) and Mark Malnor and family
    Rapid River, MI

    Dear Sue,

    I was absolutely shocked to read of Mark’s death! I am so sorry for you, your kids and Mark’s family. Tony and I oftentimes would run into Mark and Gracie at Mickey D’s in Gladstone. You two were so perfect together, so loving. I can’t even think of anything to say. I’m so very sorry for all of you…hang on to your faith. I know you’ll be together again one day for eternity.


    Lollie and Tony Eskofski
    Rapid River, MI

    Dear Sue, Aunt Marilyn, Uncle John and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Even though we’re cousins, I didn’t know him very well, but each time I saw him, he treated me like a close friend. His warm smile and easy going attitude drew people to him. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Kelly (Stock) Poole
    Green Bay, WI

    Dear Marilyn & John, I was deeply moved by hearing of Marks death. Life just isn’t fair sometimes. I always enjoyed running into him. He always had a smile and it was fun to talk about the “old” times. Please pass my sympathies on to his wife and children. God be with the you and the entire Zimmerman Family. You have raised all your children with the example of what love is and that will help sustain all of you. Bless You !!!!!

    Linda (Lancour) Yagodzinski
    Scottsdale, AZ

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Seek comfort in your family and friends. Warm memories with Mark are yours to keep and cherish.

    Jim and Marlene Pardoe
    Marshall, MI

    I am Mark’s 56-year-old cousin and have only the best memories of him. My eyes filled as I read the obituary as it just rang true–the friend and people- person–that is so right on! Of course, Mark and I toddled about together in our early years, then crossed paths again in high school though separated by gender in our Holy Name School building… One of my fondest times with Mark was at community college in English class–I think we spent more time goofing around and just enjoying one another… too nice. My heart is sad for the loss of a good man and cousin and I while I know I can not really estimate the loss to Sue and the rest of our family, I know that it is both tragic and great. May all of you be comforted as time passes by remembering the smile, the tease, and so much more. Love,

    Judy (and Paul) Gaston
    Vadnais Heights, MN

    Mark will be missed by all who knew him. The children all learned so much from him with his gentle manner and wonderful teachings. You knew he truly cared about the child as much as the sport. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always!

    Heidi and Holly Ettenhofer and Family
    Wells, MI

    Nathalie and I want to send our condolences. The Zimmerman family has always been part of Gladstone and part of everyone’s life. Mark and his family will be remembered in our prayers.

    Joseph Schram
    Olympia, WA

    We are so sorry to hear about Mark.

    We have know him nearly our entire lives aand always enjoyed his sense of humor and warm personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the children and with his parents and siblings at this difficult time.

    Mark is greatly missed and fondly remembered.

    Bill and Suzanne Murchie
    Long Key, FL

    Sue and family, we were so saddened and shocked to hear of Mark’s sudden death. Mark was always so happy go lucky and he will truly be missed by all who knew him.

    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    George and Donna Becker
    Lake Placid, FL

    Dear Aunt Marilyn, Uncle John, Sue and Family.

    So sorry to hear about Mark. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I will sadly miss him. He was always so out going and so freindly. May God Bless you and give you peace. Love, Sherry {Stock} Wylie and Family

    Sherry Wylie
    Kent City, MI

    Grace and family,

    I am very sorry about Mark. I will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jordan Kowalski
    Cornell, MI

    Dear Sue and Family

    So sorry to hear of Marks passing,he was a wonderful man who will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Love Wendy Leonard

    Wendy Leonard
    Escanaba, MI

    To the Zimmerman family, my prayers and condolences go out to all of you. Mark was a special person and always someone who was friendly and kind. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Knowing him as many years as I did.

    Sue, my prayers are with you and your children. It is a sad time for you. He was a great husband and father.

    God Bless you

    Jackie [LaFond] Mott
    Orange Park, FL

    Sue I am so sorry for you and Mark’s family. I know there are no words to say to take away your pain, but I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and praying for you and your family.

    Bonnie Royer
    Wells, MI

    Although I only knew Mark a short while, he was very warm and welcoming to me, and helped make me feel like a part of your family. I will very much cherish the memories from this summer, up at Washington Island, with him playing guitar by the campfire while we attempted to sing along. It was one of those perfect kinds of nights that not too many families get to enjoy together.

    When I saw him again at Adam and Jen’s wedding reception, Mark scooped me up in a big bear hug and said, “Hello cutie!”. He instantly put a smile on my face and made me feel like I was right where I was supposed to be.

    I am grateful for these brief memories and very, very sad for your entire family at his loss. Susan

    Susan Millar
    Milwaukee, WI

    Mark’s ready smile and sense of humor are the things I will remember most. We will miss Mark and the warmth he brought to those around him. May he rest in peace. May God give Sue and their family strength during this time.

    Kathy Maynard
    Gladstone, MI

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