We listened and thought we heard “Shhhhh – she's coming…she's here…Welcome home Kim” led by her dad Ken, her brother David, her Grandma and Grandpa Lenzner, her Grandma and Grandpa Zoern and many other friends and relatives when our Kim lost her fight for life unexpectantly Saturday afternoon, August 20, 2011 at Appleton Medical Center.
Left behind with a broken heart is her mom Helen (Harry Verkuilen) and brother Chad Zoern, her sister Jodi (Kevin) Eisch and their children, Kim's special nephew Matthew “Matt” and nieces Samantha “Sammy”, and Megan; and her special canine companion Mindy, who is still waiting patiently for her Kim to come home. The past six years have found her almost daily at the dog park with her beloved Mindy.
Where do we begin with this special lady who has so enriched our lives and touched the hearts of so many relatives and friends? Kim was born to Helen and the late Ken Zoern on May 25, 1959, obtaining her public schooling in the Appleton School system, graduating in 1978 from Appleton East. After two special child care positions, she joined the workforce at Pensar and was employed there until she became disabled. An employment that netted many special friends over the years. Our Kim would drop anything at the “drop” of a hat” if she knew you needed assistance, and always with a smile on her face and usually accompanied by a smart remark. Oh “Kimmer” how we will miss those smiles!
Her favorite holiday had to be Halloween which entailed the decorating the WHOLE house on Viola Street (with the help of Harry stringing the outside lights on the highest peaks), making it one of the most decorated houses in Appleton. Christmas was a close second with shopping for Matt, Sammy, and Megan, which included the annual shopping experience on Black Friday for all those good deals. And then there were those excursions to the casino with her Mom and Grandma “Jiggs”- She never told us if she ended up in the “black” or “red”, she didn't care, it was quality time with Mom and Grandma. Of course the “Duncan” cousins will always remember the POKER GAMES. “Kimmer” liked to cook; her cheesy hash browns have become a tradition at the Duncan-Forbeck Thanksgiving Day dinner for years.
So it is with a heavy heart that we say good-bye to our Kim, besides her immediate family she is survived by her Aunts, Pat Evers, Mary Sabel, Carol Zoern, Kay Zoern, Margaret Zoern and Darlene “Polly” Watson; her Uncles and Aunts, Eddie and Shirli Duncan, Kathy and Dewey Forbeck, and Bill and Tammie Lenzner along with numerous cousins and good friends.
Besides the previous listing of family, Kim was preceded in death by Uncles, Jim Zoern, Irv (and his wife Maryann) Zoern, Don Zoern, John (and his wife Nancy) Zoern, Jerry Zoern, and her Aunt Pat's husband, Ted Evers, Uncle Kenny (And his wife Debbie) Duncan.
On Thursday August 25, 2011 we will be gathering at the WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME – TRI COUNTY CHAPEL, from 10:00 AM until noon to say good-bye to our Kim. The funeral service will be held at noon with Salvation Army Major Edward Jarvis officiating. Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery in Little Chute, WIS. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Lori in I.C.U. at Appleton Medical Center for your caring compassion, and consideration. A special hug goes out to Aunt Mary, and Aunt Pat, showing us the true meaning of “family”.
So we say good bye to our beloved Kim, she will never be forgotten. She was one in a million!
Wichmann Funeral Home
3212 S Oneida St