The family of Judith Zimmer is heartbroken to announce her sudden passing on Monday, July 27, 2020 in Winnipeg at the age of 90. Predeceased by parents Joachim and Antonia Kaufmann, brother Michael Kaufmann, and husband Emil Zimmer.
Judy was a loving mother to Dr. Ken and Lori Zimmer, and Dr. Alex Zimmer, and a loving Baba to Jenna, Lexie and Emily. She was a caring aunt, relative, and friend.
Judy spent a large part of her childhood and early teen years with her mother in different labour camps during the Second World War. Thankfully, Judy (and her parents and brother) survived that tragedy and when she was 18 years old Judy and her husband Emil came to Canada. They immediately sponsored her parents and brother to come to Canada.
Judy had little English and very little information about her new country, but her passion for living, that same energy that allowed her to survive the Holocaust, gave her strength to start this new journey and chapter of her life in Canada. Judy did not let her past write her future and always overcame everything life brought her. She did whatever needed to be done for her family, including joining the workforce when her husband passed away at an early age.
Judy had many dear friends and loved spending time with them, especially playing cards. She loved to cook and bake. But above all else, Judy dedicated her life to her family. She was a beloved and dedicated mother, a wonderful Baba, and a fantastic aunt to her nieces and nephews. A loving daughter, sister, sister-in-law, and friend. She was like a mother and Baba to many family members and extended family. Judy welcomed people into her home with open arms. Judy was caring, warm, empathetic and non-judgemental. She was always available to dispense wisdom and advice.
Judy was a very special woman and became the matriarch of her family. Judy will be deeply missed by all the people who had the privilege to receive so much from her for so many years.
Graveside funeral was held at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Rabbi Anibal Mass officiated. Pallbearers were Lexie Zimmer, Dr. Robert Kaufmann, Becky Kaufmann, Gary Kaufmann, Dr. Alex Zimmer and Louis Kessler. Donations in Judy’s memory may be given to a charity of one’s choice.