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Zimmerman loves her "home"

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Rita Zimmerman. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Many residents of a nursing home spend only a few years there. Rita Zimmerman has called the Cherokee Villa home for 12 years and thinks it is just the greatest spot.

"After I had a heart attack, my kids decided that I should not live by myself. Also the doctor found out at that time I had diabetes and he told me the combination of both these health problems was not good. So my family decided Cherokee Villa was the place to go. This is a real clean place with plenty of food to eat. I play bingo and always participate in the entertainment, the trips and everything. I like to work out puzzles and play cards. (She plays kings, 500 and pinochle," said Zimmerman.

After being born in Odebolt, the family moved to South Dakota for 13 years before returning to Sac City where she graduated from high school. Her father farmed and so she had to fill in with no boys around. Eventually, she got a job and worked in town.

"I worked at different places such as the bakery, dime store and at Trojan seeds where I helped sort grain. That was hard work. I even ended up working for a doctor and a lawyer. I don't regret any of it and it was good way to get to know people," said Zimmerman.

She had a total of six children. The closest one lives in Quimby, Linda Meyer. Others reside out at the Black Hills, Spirit Lake, Minnesota and one is Sac City.

"I think I have over 20 grandchildren now and five great grandchildren. It's hard to keep track of all of them, said Zimmerman.

Years ago she used to raise a big garden and gave a lot of produce away plus canning and freezing for their own use.

She also use to manage a low income housing unit which she said was quite stressful and much work. She had to make sure Th. outside was kept up as well as inside of the building. Zimmerman was never afraid of hard work.

"I still like to embroidery and hook rugs. It passes the time and it's fun to make something. I also enjoy reading a good book. Yahtze is also a fun game. Life here is good as you want to make it and I do make it good," smiled Zimmerman.

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