On Saturday, March 17, 2012, Charlie passed away with courage and grace, at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, at the age of 86 years.
Left to celebrate his life is his loving wife of 58 years Renata; his children Richard (Claire) of Steinbach, and Caren of Dauphin; grandchildren Matthew and Heather Zimmerman of Steinbach; brother-in-law Otto Drichel of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Sarah Drichel of Sherwood Park, Alberta; special friends Pat and Gerry Yagelniski, and their children Trish (Ben), Dori (Ken), Jerry Lynn (Keith), and Lisa, along with their children, all from Saskatchewan; as well as many cherished nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Kashmir was born November 3, 1925, the youngest of 11 children, to Mary and Martin Zimmerman of the Shoal Lake area, and had been the last surviving member of his immediate family.
In 1953, Charlie married the love of his life Renata Drichel, and was blessed with their son Richard in 1954 and their daughter Caren in 1956.
In 1956, Charlie moved his family to Flin Flon, Manitoba where he worked for 25 years at HBM&S. While there he served on the Steelworkers Union for 24 years, was on the School board for nine, as well as the Low Rental Housing Board. Upon retirement they moved to Mikado, Saskatchewan where Charlie took on the position of Postmaster, and ran the local General Store. In 1989, they moved to Dauphin, Manitoba, and have resided here since.
Charlie had a love for music and in his younger years won 1st place for his violin performance at an “Amateur Hour” in Brandon. He passed this love of music on to his grandson and was so very, very proud of him. Since moving to Dauphin, the family spent the past 19 summers out at Rainbow beach, where you could find Charlie either playing his violin or guitar, or else his Ukrainian music that he would tape all winter long from the Portage Radio Station. He was always up for a good jam session.
Charlie’s other enjoyments included first and foremost going to auction sales, fishing, playing crib (and especially when he could skunk anyone who he played because he was very good) dancing, and going to hockey games with his kids.
Charlie’s other passion was his commitment to the New Democratic Party for many years in Flin Flon, and continued up until now. He sat on the local NDP association almost from the time they moved to Dauphin, until about a year ago, when he became too sick to continue, but that didn’t stop him from still having his opinions and ideas, and would gladly share them with Stan Struthers whenever he saw him. Charlie believed in being fair and supporting those that needed a helping hand, and always had a smile or a joke to share with everyone.
Charlie’s greatest love was that for his family and especially his two grandchildren. He was always there to support both of them, with hugs, words of encouragement, words of advice, a knee to sit on, a shoulder to cry on, a little extra to help pay for the gas, but especially love.
The Catholic Church was also a big part of Charlie’s life, and even though he was legally blind and had lost most of his hearing, he enjoyed the services and the music along with the companionship he found there.
Viewing and Rosary was held Friday, March 23, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., from the St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church in Dauphin, Manitoba, led by Lucille Lamb, followed by the Funeral Mass, celebrated also from the St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church, at 2:00 p.m., with Fr. David Kowalski celebrating. Providing music and song were the St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church Choir, accompanied by Mary Kay Scinocca, organist. Sarah Drichel served as Reader, and Caren Zimmerman delivered the eulogy. Interment followed at the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery, with Pallbearers Joe Stadnyk, Deryl Allan, Leonard Allan, Lyle Allan, Bob Allan and Joe Zimmerman, laying Charlie to his final resting place.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlie’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba or to Dauphin Recreation Services, Attention of Clayton Kohlman, Manager of Finance, for the purchase of a wheelchair for the Recreation Complex.