Sister Catherine Zimmerman
Sister Catherine (Kate) Zimmerman, 91, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, MN, died at Assisi Heights, Thursday October 20, 2022.
She was born Agnes Catherine Zimmerman, January 3rd, 1931, in Waseca, Minnesota, to Henry and Anna (Powell) Zimmerman. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1949, received the name of Sister Mary Bruce, and made perpetual vows in 1955. She received a bachelor’s degree, in 1957, from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota, a Master of Arts degree in social science from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, in 1963, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1974.
Sister Catherine was an elementary and secondary school teacher, and a principal for 20 years. Following her studies, she served as a Congregational Mental Health Counselor from1974-1979; Psychotherapist at the Range Mental Health Center in Virginia, Minnesota, as well as the Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center in Rochester, Minnesota from 1984-1996. In 1996, Sister Catherine moved to Lake Nancy in Minong, Wisconsin, where she enjoyed the north woods while she cared for the property, and served as a Psychotherapist and Parish Volunteer. In 2013, she retired and moved to Rochester, Minnesota.
Survivors of Sister Catherine include her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared life for 73 years; one sister, Mary Jean Mackey of Hudson, Wisconsin, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: John, James, and Joseph Zimmerman; and three sisters: Ruth Zimmerman, Roseanne (George) Volz, and Marianne (George) Ernst.
A private Resurrection Liturgy will be held at Assisi Heights at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 27, 2022, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. To view the funeral via livestream, use this link on Thursday, October 27: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88367423126.
Suggested memorials are to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901.