Myrtle “Myrt” Ruth Zimmer, age 90, of Elgin, passed away peacefully in her home on March 31, 2021. She was born March 14, 1931 in Cincinnati, OH to her loving parents, Charles and Hilda Lindeman (née Greenfield).

Myrt grew up in Cincinnati. As a child, she always wanted to have some kind of ball in her hands. Her mother couldn’t understand this, and wondered why Myrt didn’t want to play with dolls and such like the other girls. Instead, Myrt played baseball, and was often picked first to play on a team with the boys. Her older brother wasn’t very happy when she was picked first, but after awhile he got used to it! She could really run and throw and hit!

Myrt graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, and taught P.E. for 20 years.

Myrt met her husband, Richard, when she was cheerleading during a basketball game. They were married for 43 years, and she was a wonderful homemaker and mother to their three children.

Myrt stayed active, playing women’s softball in Elgin for many years until she decided to quit after breaking her wrist sliding into home plate at the age of 65. She also took up golf at age 34, joining a women’s league at Bonnie Dundee where she has played ever since. Oftentimes at a golf outing, she would come home with a long drive trophy.

Myrt loved being outdoors, whether it was playing sports, boating, or working in her garden. She also enjoyed quilting with her friends at First United Methodist Church of Elgin. She especially loved spending time with her family and being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Myrt was preceded in death by her parents, Charles G. Lindeman and Hanna Hilda Lindeman; husband, Richard A. Zimmer; and brothers, Charlie and Louie Lindeman.

She is survived by her children, Tony (Barb) Zimmer, John (Sonja) Zimmer, and Jan (Dwayne) Sedig; grandchildren, Jane (Matt) Templeton, Sam (Tai) Zimmer, Luke Zimmer, Nathan Zimmer, Seth Zimmer, Rebecca (Dustin) Messenger, Valerie (Ryan) Mackintosh, Amy Sedig, and Michael Sedig; and great grandchildren, Leo Templeton, Regen Messenger, and Everlynn Messenger.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 9:00pm, with funeral service at 7:00pm, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 945 5023 2805, Password: 228185).

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Myrt’s name to World Vision, Heifer International, Smile Train, or your favorite charity.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

6 Replies to “Myrtle “Myrt” Ruth Zimmer”

  1. My dear friend
    I’m gonna miss you always, it was an honor and blessing to be part of your life
    I love you
    Your friend always
    Virginia Thompson

  2. My Dear Myrt! Oh how you will be missed. It has been such a privilege to have known you and count you as one of my good friends. I always loved your smile and your spunk on the golf course. My hope is that I will be able to golf half as good as you at age 90! You will be so missed by me and our golf league. Be at peace dear Myrt.

  3. Ohhh Myrt, my heart is broken. I have known you my whole life. I don’t remember every not knowing you. You & mom cracked me up all the time. What a great time you all had back in the old days. Lol I loved hanging out with all of you girls… The Birthday Club. I could always call you for anything, and you helped me always. I was just gonna call you last week, but I had to have surgery so I was gonna in a day or two. I love you so much Myrt, what is this world gonna do without you in it?? I am gonna miss you so much. But do me a flavor….say ‘hi’ to Dick, grampa (Ed) & Brandon for me. I’ll see you all later.

  4. Our loyal and supportive dear sister Myrtle “Myrt” will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Always willing to help do whatever was needed with a cheerful smile. A lovely lady, Myrt was a many years member and officer of The Ladies of the Elks Lodge #737 Elgin. God’s peace be with you and your family.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Shirley Banbury,,

  5. It was truly a great pleasure to have known Myrt and shared many excellent times in our ‘birthday club’. Myrt always had a smile on her face.
    In Sympathy, Barb and Dennis Simonini

  6. My condolences to John, Jan and Tony. I grew up the street a few blocks and would hang out with John occasionally. Always thought of Mrs. Zimmer as a wonderfully, kind and patient person. I hope we can all be as lively, vibrant and enjoy life as she did. My prayers are with all of you.
    Charlie Page

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