Margaretha Zimmermann, 82, died August 1, 2020 peacefully at the Cranbrook and District Hospital. Her health had been declining over the last few years, but she was still able to keep her own home with her beloved pets until the day of her passing.
Margaretha was born on June 24th, 1938 in Luchsingen Switzerland to Ferdinand and Margaretha Meneghello-Spreiter. She was the third of four children.
In 1962 Margaretha married Rudy Zimmermann and together they raised Margaretha’s daughter, Myrtha.
In 1982 Rudy and Margaretha moved to Canada and finally settled in Invermere, in the beautiful Columbia Valley. Rudy and Margaretha worked hard and enjoyed caring for their acreage up on the Toby Benches.
Margaretha won respect for her work ethic and easily found employment. Eventually Margaretha moved into the town.
A passionate horsewoman, she loved all animals and was always surrounded by her adored dogs and cats. Margaretha was an accomplished seamstress and knitter. She met regularly with a knitting group at Columbia Garden Village that provided warm clothes to children in needy communities. Margaretha’s love of gardening and green thumb allowed her many happy hours in her gardens throughout her life.
Margaretha was an active member of the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society for many years, volunteering her time at the Invermere Thrift Store. She was dearly loved and an appreciated member of the Thrift Store team and had many friends there.
Margaretha is survived by her daughter Myrtha (Fridli,) her two cherished granddaughters Nicole (Jonas) and Denise (Andreas), and ex-husband Rudy, with whom she remained friends. She was pre-deceased by her parents, brothers Ferdinand and Hans, and her sister Erika.
Myrtha would like to thank Margaretha’s local family, friends and her kind neighbours who were there for Margaretha this past year, helping with shopping, and occasionally with the animals and other tasks that became more difficult for her. She would also like to thank both the Invermere and Cranbrook Hospitals for the care they gave to Margaretha.
A private service will be held by the family in consideration the risks surrounding COVID-19.
Memorials can be made to an animal rescue charity of your choice.