Margaret ‘Margie’ Zimmerman | review review


Retired teacher and community volunteer, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Margaret “Margie” Zimmerman passed away peacefully on October 9, 2022 in Crawfordsville. Margie was born in Leon, Iowa in 1938 to Arch and Anna, the first of four children. She grew up in Monticello, Iowa, attended Iowa State University, and graduated from the University of Kansas with a high school diploma. She is survived by her husband, John, whom she met in high school and married in 1959, three children, Kathy (Peter), Chris (Laura) and Mike (Tracy), and seven grandchildren (Anna, Mark, Jill, Henry, Ben, Julia, Adin).

Margie was open-minded, knowledgeable and insatiably curious, and will be remembered for her many contributions to the Crawfordsville community. She was a creative and committed teacher. Her unofficial teaching career began when her kindergarten teacher left the room, whereupon Margie gathered her classmates and read them a story, an event that led to a rapid mid-year promotion in first year.

His official career began teaching high school math and science in Kansas. She moved to Indiana, took a break to be home with her children, then returned to teaching in the First Christian Church’s kindergarten program for children in need. After recertifying as an elementary teacher, she taught at Nicholson Elementary School, joining a team of fellow teachers to launch the full-time gifted and talented program in the Crawfordsville School District. This program continues today. She rejoiced in her students’ accomplishments and nurtured their creativity and curiosity through projects such as annual team entries in media fair competitions, the release of monarch butterflies reared from caterpillars, the Star Planetarium Lab and the popular plastic bagged ice cream. do the experience. For five summers, she shared her knowledge as a mentor in the University of Wisconsin Institute of Chemical Education’s training program for elementary school teachers.

She received the DeHaan Award for Excellence in Education Teaching Award and the Outstanding Teacher for the Gifted Award from the Indiana Association for the Gifted. From the proceeds of these prizes, she created closets full of materials for hands-on science projects and launched her post-retirement career as a “lady scientist”. Throughout the school year, every K-5 student in Crawfordsville experienced the joy of science learning and discovery through multiple visits from Mrs. Zimmerman armed with pulleys, magnets, rocks, beakers and other exploration tools. Her legacy as an educator will live on for years through her colleagues, student teachers, aides, and the thousands of students she inspired during her more than five-decade teaching career.

Throughout her life, Margie has been a committed volunteer leader at all levels. We could always count on her to intervene without pretension when there was a void to be filled and an important need to be filled. Her decades of service as a meals-on-wheels delivery person spanned from her time as a teacher, when she took students with her during lunchtime to experience the joy of service, until these years, when she continued to make regular deliveries through a road maintained by church volunteers.

She was a founding member of the local Housing Authority, chair of the Crawfordsville School Board and an active participant in the League of Women Voters, Camp Fire and the Women’s Legacy Fund. She and John joined Christ Lutheran Church when they moved to Crawfordsville in 1964, and she served the church as organist and choir member. She taught Sunday school and, characteristically, stepped in again last fall to fill the need for an additional teacher. She was one of the first women to join the church board and served as the church’s longtime financial secretary. She helped guide a quilt project at the church that attracted dozens of participants from inside and outside the church. Next week the team will deliver 250 quilts to people in need through Lutheran World Relief. His needle-threading skills were legendary.

Margie and John loved traveling to new places, a passion she inherited from her adventurous parents. Tent camping in the summer was the norm until recent years when Road Scholar trips and river cruises entered the rotation. She traveled the country with her children and grandchildren, visiting too many state and national parks to count. People still express their admiration for the annual tent camping trips across the United States that she organized decades ago for her group Camp Fire, many of which traveled outside of Indiana for the first time. thanks to his enthusiasm, superb organizational skills and unwavering confidence on the road. with a few outnumbered moms by a large group of fun-loving girls.

Her siblings, children, and grandchildren share a love of puzzles, word games, and the “no prisoner” approach to play that she learned at an early age in Iowa. His play continued into his final days through online game dating with his children and grandchildren, daily completion of Wordle puzzles, and viewing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with John. The whole family shared their love for the piles of holiday gifts under the tree and the freshly baked cinnamon roll.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, October 29 at Christ Lutheran Church, 300 W. South Blvd., Crawfordsville. The service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. The service will be streamed live on the congregation’s Facebook page (

You are invited to consider making a donation in Margie’s memory to two organizations she has devoted many decades to serving: Meals on Wheels and Christ Lutheran Church, both in Crawfordsville.


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