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Ann Catherine Zimmerman, 39, found joy in faith, family and song

Ann Catherine Zimmerman
Ann Catherine Zimmerman

WILMINGTON — Ann Catherine Zimmerman, 39, died peacefully in her sleep at home Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, after a recent decline in health. She was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and faithful member of Saint Basil the Great Orthodox Church, Castle Hayne, where she sang in the choir.

Ann had a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Columbia International University, and she worked in the New Hanover County building permits office.

While Ann struggled for years with chronic health issues, she always found joy in her faith, family and in song, whether singing herself or listening to the music she loved. She was, as the scriptures say, meek, without guile, tender-hearted, pure in heart and faithful in the little things. One of seven children, she was a beloved daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and great-aunt to her family.

Ann is survived by her father and stepmother, James and Linda Zimmerman of Wendell. She was preceded in death by her mother, Judith Zimmerman, in 2000; and a sister-in-law, Amy Zimmerman, in 2018. Also surviving are her six siblings, brother, David and Cynthia Zimmerman of Mason, Ohio; brother, John Zimmerman of Woodstock, Georgia; sister, Elaine and Christopher Shepherd of Burlington; sister, Christine and Bernard Peter Robichau of Wilmington; brother, Paul and Carrie Zimmerman of Savannah, Georgia; and sister, Beth and Ryan Hornung of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

A private, family viewing will be held from 4:30 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, followed by public visitation from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and memorial prayers from 6:30 to 7 p.m., all at Saint Basil the Great Orthodox Church, 4601 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne. A funeral service will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at the church followed by burial services from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the church cemetery. A mercy meal, provided by the church, will follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Saint Basil the Great Orthodox Church.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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