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1957 Susan 2023

Susan Lynn Zimmerman

December 31, 1957 — May 6, 2023

  Susan Lynn Zimmerman, 65 of Sioux City, Iowa, passed away Saturday, May 6th, 2023, after battling multiple illnesses over many years. Services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family or sent to the funeral home with Susan’s name to be directed to her family. Online condolences may be directed to

  Susan was born in Sioux City, Iowa, to James G. Newell and Janet R. (Daley) Newell on December 31st, 1957. She graduated North High School in 1976, receiving her Bachelor of Nursing from Briar Cliff University.  She married Wayland “Sam” Zimmerman on April 13, 1985.

  Susan worked at St. Joe Hospital and Marion Health Center before leaving nursing to care for her three children. She began raising parrots as a hobby. Later, she opened “Zimmerman Pets,” where she became one of the largest bird breeders in the country. Susan became known locally as “The Bird Lady.”

  Susan enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially her grandson. She also loved reading, watching the wildlife from her patio and traveling. One of her favorite places to travel was Las Vegas, where she enjoyed shows, people watching and playing the “one-armed bandit.”
  Susan was preceded in death by her husband Sam and both her parents. She is survived by her children: Megan Zimmerman of St. Louis, MO, Michael Zimmerman and Michelle Zimmerman, both of Sioux City; grandson Keirnan Clark of Las Vegas, NV; her brothers: Mark Lamkin (Cindy) of Glendale, AZ, James (Deb) Newell and Robert (Trisha) Newell, both of Omaha, NE; and her devoted friend Valerie Isom of Allen, NE.

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel

3220 Stone Park Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51104

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