Ida A. Zanmiller
June 21, 1938 – March 12, 2020
Ida A Zanmiller, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on March 12, 2020 in Colorado Springs. She was born on a farm near Northfield Minnesota on June 21, 1938, the youngest of ten children to Thomas and Alice Peterson.
Ida was raised in Northfield and went to Northfield High School where she had the nickname of PeeWee and was Snow Queen of the Winter Festival her Senior year. In High School, she met and fell in love with her husband Walter “Jerry” Zanmiller. Following high school Ida attended Northwestern Hospital nursing school and became a Registered Nurse.
Ida and Walt (Jerry for those of you in Minnesota) were married on September 5, 1959. They started out in St. Paul, Minnesota where their four children were born: Mark, Carol, Pete and Susan. They decided they needed adventure and moved to Belgium in 1971. Moving to new places was the norm and included Clinton, New Jersey; Dexter, Michigan; and Santa Cruz California. Through their moves Ida formed an expansive network of close friends that she retained throughout her life.
Always up for an adventure, Walt retired in 1994 and they spent four years traveling in their fifth wheel. This gave them the opportunity to see all 49 states and much of Canada, enjoying the outdoors and visiting their many friends and family around the country. Following their travels they settled down in the mountains of Colorado and then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2008.
Ida and Walt were the perfect role models for a happy and successful marriage and enjoyed seeing each of their kids marry wonderful spouses. Mark & Kym, Pete & Jenn, Carol & John and Susan & Scott. Grandchildren were a large part of her life. She was blessed with nine wonderful grandchildren – Greg, Jordan, Alice, Meghan, Zoe, Andrew, Tia, Devin and Hayden. She enjoyed spending time with all of them and they will always cherish the memories of time spent with her.
Friends and Family were extremely important to Ida and she truly enjoyed spending time with them whenever possible. Ida also loved to travel with Walt and enjoyed their many trips including their RV life, European river cruises, Mexico, South America, and even a cruise around the Americas from Rio to San Francisco just two years ago in addition to travel and spending time with friends, Ida enjoyed playing bridge with friends, going to plays and shows and watching her Michigan Wolverines football team play. A private family celebration of Ida’s life will be held in June where her ashes will be spread overlooking the Collegiate Mountains, a view she thoroughly loved. We ask all of those who were a part of Ida’s life to celebrate her in a way that touches your heart. Take a walk, plant a tree, sing a song, share a memory or story of her.
In lieu of gifts we ask that donations be made to United Way or National Parks Foundation, both of which were important to Ida.
- No Services Will Be Held At This Time
Ida A. Zanmiller
Digby & Karen Cook
April 6, 2020
It is joy and sadness that I send the Zanmiller family our condolences. Ida, her family and our family had great times together in Belgium. We went camping with them in Luxemborg, Germany, and Belgium. Our times were full of laughter and fun and we loved Ida's laugh. Wish her contagious laugh could replace the the Covid 19 virus. So glad she is not having to cope with what we are experiencing now. We have such great memories of her and many in picture form back in the early 70's. You kids were her pride and joy. Please know that your mom was special to us and we loved her good nature and her personality. What a friend she was and still is. Rest in Peace, dear friend.
March 31, 2020
A series of silly coincidences on Facebook and Google brought me the sad news of Ida's passing, but with it the opportunity for some lovely reminiscing. Ida and Walt were our across-the-street neighbors in West St. Paul, MN. As a teenager, I often babysat for their children. And during my semester abroad in France as a college junior, I was lucky enough to visit the Zanmillers in Brussels for a weekend. It was so fun to catch up with the kids and even more fun to be treated like a "real grownup" by Walt and Ida, with a lovely dinner out and Irish coffees at their house after. Please know that all of you are in my Minnesota heart.
March 18, 2020
When I think of Ida & Walt, I'm in the pool at the Y enjoying their latest adventure! Oh, how they loved to travel. And I loved to hear what fun they had. Ida's energy was infectious. Walt, you are always welcomed back... your friends await. Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Barb Negilski
March 17, 2020
We loved Ida - she was always upbeat and friendly. The boys (Jerry (Walt)
and Jim were in college while Ida and Jackie were in nursing at Northwestern School of Nursing in Minneapolis. We all worked hard and
graduated on time. =1959. Next ,we both married that year and were off to careers and adventures. Jim went on to Law school at the University of
Minnesota and is still at the practice of Law. Real Estate Law is his chosen
field and he won’t quit! He has done well- Jackie kept busy having 4 children, and being involved in school and church activities. Over the years
we have reconnected and loved seeing our old friends. We will miss Ida!!
March 13, 2020
So sorry to hear about Ida. All of us at the Y have been missing her upbeat personality during water aerobics classes. May God comfort and console Ida's family and friends. She will be missed. God bless you all. Shirley Chapman