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Patricia Marie Zimmer

January 3, 1938 — April 23, 2024

Walpole

Patricia Marie Zimmer

Patricia Marie (Teague) Zimmer, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at her home in South Walpole, Massachusetts surrounded by her loving family. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 3, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Evelyn (Gould) Teague. Pat was raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston along with her three siblings, Judy, Dottie, and Thomas. After her graduation from high school in the early 1950's, Pat took a position with the Boston Envelope Company and briefly settled into a home in Dedham, Massachusetts before moving to Norfolk, Massachusetts to raise a family. 


Pat loved being a mother to her four girls: Linda, Debbie, Janice, and Sandra. A very nurturing and caring woman, Pat lived her values, teaching compassion and kindness to her children. She encouraged her girls to explore their passions and be the best versions of themselves that they could be. When her daughters took an interest in equestrianism, not only did Pat take them to regular horse-riding lessons, but she also volunteered with their 4-H Chapter, supporting them with enthusiasm and cheer. Pat also taught her daughters the importance of a strong work ethic, often working two jobs to support her family, which truly made her appreciate every moment home with them. 


After more than 30 years residing in Norfolk, Pat moved to the neighboring town of Millis, Massachusetts, where she quickly made many friends in her condo complex. Pat was an outgoing and friendly woman who people could not help but gravitate to. She enjoyed having friends and family around, often hosting dinners and events, like her Christmas Eve Open House, which many people looked forward to attending every year. Pat was an excellent cook, with a warm presence and ability to make others laugh, which made an invitation to a Sunday roast beef and double stuffed potato supper something you did not want to pass on. 


During her time in Millis, Pat took on a new role in life - that of grandmother, and later, great grandmother. Being a grandmother was something special to Pat and she enjoyed every minute of it. She loved having her grandchildren over to visit and she would often invite the grandkids for sleepovers, one at a time, so they could be spoiled by Gram's undivided attention. Any time any of the kids came over, Pat would pull out her special stash of the best toys for them to play with, delighted that they were there. Pat also shared her love of reading with her grandchildren, always finding time to go to the library to pick out a book to read together before bed.


For most of her career, Pat worked in the food and hospitality industries, with her favorite job being at Shaw's in Medfield, Massachusetts. Pat worked in various departments over the course of her career. At Shaw's she would make many lifelong friendships. She met one of her closest friends, Carol, by chance one day while Pat worked at the deli and Carol was shopping with her son, making an instant connection that would span decades. 


In her free time, Pat could be found lost in the pages of a good book, relaxing with her beloved cat Lexi that she adopted from the Medfield Animal Shelter. Pat was a regular at the Medfield Council on Aging also known as “the Center”, enjoying the many activities that they offered. The Council on Aging offered friendship and community, two things that Pat was fantastic at building. A great cook, many members were lucky recipients of her home-made meals, as she would bring them in to share, especially her famous macaroni and cheese. Pat also enjoyed getting together with her friends and family for lunch. She genuinely loved spending time with family, especially if it was on the beach. For two weeks every summer for over 20 years, Pat would pack up the family and head up north to Laconia, New Hampshire where she would relax at the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, enjoying both the hustle and bustle of the board walk at Weirs Beach as well as the serenity that came from a quiet night and still water. Later in life, Pat would venture to York Beach in Maine, taking in the fantastic ocean views and breathing in the fresh sea air. She would also travel down to Cape Cod to visit her friends Lee and Carol Tesconi and their son Matt, enjoying the Atlantic from another vantage point. It wasn't necessarily the beach or swimming or the sand that drew Pat to the water, but the ability to look out over the beautiful aqueous landscape, filling her with a sense of peace and calm. To paraphrase Pat, "who needs therapy when you have an ocean view?"


Pat will be remembered as a selfless and compassionate woman who would help without hesitation; as a devoted friend who could make you cry from laughter; as a patient and nurturing mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who showed her family the true meaning of love.


Loving mother of Linda Zimmer, and her late husband Eric, of Chicago, Illinois, Debbie Violette, and her late husband Ray, of North Attleborough, Janice G. Zitoli, and her husband Jack, of South Walpole, and Sandra Wolfe, and her late husband Keith, of Franklin.


Cherished grandmother of Ashley Costello, and her husband Mike, of North Attleborough, Alex Wolfe of Franklin, Alyssa Zitoli of South Walpole, Michael Violette of Mansfield, and Lindsey Zitoli of South Walpole; and great grandmother of Jace and Colin.


Sister of the late Judy Brady, Dottie McManus, and Thomas Teague.


Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Patricia's visitation on Monday, May 6th, 2024, from 10:00 - 11:00 am in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Funeral Home Service will follow at 11:00 AM and interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Patricia's name may be made to the Friends of Medfield Seniors Inc (FOSI) c/o the Medfield Council on Aging at 1 Ice House Road, Medfield, MA 02052 or to the Medfield Animal Shelter at 101 Old Bridge Street, Medfield, MA 02052 or by visiting https://www.medfieldshelter.com/donate

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Monday, May 6, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

48 Common St, Walpole, MA 02081

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Funeral Home Service

Monday, May 6, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

48 Common St, Walpole, MA 02081

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