Life Story for Barbara Jean Zimmer (Wicht)
Barbara Jean Zimmer (nee Wicht), 89, a 60 year resident of Peekskill, NY passed away peacefully at her home on August 2, 2017. She was the beloved wife for 42 years of the late Leopold F. Zimmer, mother of Douglas B. Zimmer, Verne A. Zimmer, and Laura J. Fanning, and grandmother of Alexander S. Zimmer and Caitlin J. Fanning. Besides her family Barbara’s great loves were education, history, genealogy, reading, and gardening. Born June 1, 1928 in Newark, NJ, Barbara was the only child of loving parents Dorothy (nee Bevans) and Ernest Wicht (WWI Veteran). She was raised in Irvington, NJ and graduated from the New Jersey College for Women (now part of Rutgers University) with a BA in 1950 and then worked in the Newark Public Library. After her marriage May 7, 1955 to her husband, Leopold F. Zimmer, a WWII veteran and graduate of City College, St John’s University, and NYU, the couple moved to Peekskill in the Hudson Valley to pursue her husband’s love of sailing as members of the Peekskill Yacht Club. While raising three children she continued her education obtaining a Masters in Education from Pace University, Pleasantville, NY and worked as both substitute teacher and librarian in the Peekskill School District. Later she would work for the Peekskill Field Library often in the children’s room and Peekskill History Room until the age of 72. Her love of history and genealogy led her to discover her Dutch Ackerman family ancestry, which traces back to a New Amsterdam arrival in 1662. A male ancestor, Abram, fed Washington’s troops and horses at his home and mill in Saddle River, NJ during the American Revolution. This ancestor’s sacrifice entitled her to membership in the DAR (formerly Pierre Van Cortlandt Chapter). A two-time Regent, Barbara could be heard in the 1980s on Peekskill’s radio station WHUD talking about topics like Constitution week and history essay scholarships. In recent years Barbara lived at home with her son Douglas enjoying yearly blooms in the yard, corresponding with friends and family, reading, and following local, national, and world events in the news. Beloved by friends and family, Barbara will always be in our hearts. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 4th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the E.O. CURRY FUNERAL HOME, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug 5th at 10:00 AM, followed by interment at Rose Hills Cemetery, Putnam Valley.