Sr. Stephanie's Story
Sr. Stephanie Zimmer, age 86, of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the convent. Born September 18, 1931, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Magda (Blunck) and August Zimmer.
In Indianapolis, she attended St. Catherine of Sienna grade school, where she was taught by Sisters of Providence and would go on to attend St. Mary Academy where she met the Sisters of St. Francis. During her senior year, her dream of a religious life took focus as she was awarded a scholarship to attend Marian College. Mid-way through her freshman year at Marian, she applied for admission to the Sisters of St. Francis and began her religious life.
Sr. Stephanie entered the convent September 18, 1949, and made her final vows August 12, 1955. A teacher, she taught at schools in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, including St. Mary's at Greensburg and St. Michael's in Brookville. Photography would become a favorite hobby that she pursued in later years. To her, "A picture is beauty immortalized." Her ability to capture photos of nature delighted all at the convent and especially those sisters who could no longer enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Her pictures have been featured on Oldenburg greeting cards as well as winning "Best of Show" at the Oldenburg Freudenfest.
Sr. Stephanie is survived by four nieces.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Anna, and brothers, Henry and George.
Visitation is Monday, December 11th, from 1 -3 p.m. at the convent. Funeral services follow 3 p.m. with Rev. Robert Weakley O.F.M. officiating, followed by burial in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org).
Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For complete notice and online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.
Published on December 7, 2017