GLEN ELLYN – Former Glen Ellyn Village President Constance "Connie" Zimmermann died June 27, leaving behind a legacy of community involvement.
"Her passing comes as a tremendous loss to the village she so passionately loved and served tirelessly in a manner epitomizing Glen Ellyn’s tradition of volunteerism," a village news release said.
Zimmermann, 81, died peacefully at her daughter's home in Wisconsin, according to an obituary on the Leonard Memorial Home website. She served as village president from 1973 until 1977.
Some of her efforts for the village included the renovation of historic Stacy’s Tavern Museum, the expansion of the Village Links Golf Course Clubhouse and the improvement of the Prairie Path.
Born in New York, Zimmermann eventually came to call Sarasota, Fla., her home, graduating from Sarasota High School in 1949. In high school, she was active in cheerleading, band, basketball and water skiing.
Zimmermann studied political science at Florida State University and participated in Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
She married her childhood friend, Richard Zimmermann, on Sept. 4, 1954, while he was stationed with the army in Germany. The Zimmermanns later lived in Riverside and Glen Ellyn, as well as towns in Michigan and Wisconsin. The couple loved to travel and made various trips across the globe during their 54-year marriage.
In addition to her service as Glen Ellyn village president, Zimmermann was also part of the North Eastern Illinois Planning Commission, DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, DuPage County Board, Illinois Municipal League and Central DuPage Hospital Board.
Her hobbies included reading, playing tennis, skiing, swimming, boating, hiking, listening to music and golfing.
Zimmermann was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son. She is survived by two children, two siblings and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Leonard Memorial Home, 565 Duane St., Glen Ellyn. The family will greet friends and relatives from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. A service will follow from 6:30 until 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Seasons Hospice Foundation at 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, IL 60677 or www.seasonsfoundation.org, or to Portage Lake Association at PO. Box 493, Onekama, MI 49675 or www.onekama.info.