Rev. John Otto Zimmerle

Published 11:19 am Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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The Rev. John Otto Zimmerle, formerly of Statesville, died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.  He was living with his daughter and son-in- law in Dingmans Ferry, Pa., and they were at his side when passed.

Born in Passaic, N.J. on April 14, 1940, he was the son of the late William and Helen (Lenore) Zimmerle.  He was a graduate of Ramsey High School, Ramsey, N.J. and served with the U.S. Coast Guard as Radioman Second Class Petty Officer on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Half Moon. He retired from the John Boyle Co., where he was an eastern regional sales manager.  He served the Parish of St. Francis of Assisi, Mocksville, from June 2001 to his retirement in October 2014. Not only would Deacon John preach, he assisted with marriage preparation, as well as witnessed many marriages, served on the building committee, co-assisted on the oversight of the RCIA program, and held many more titles.   

He was also predeceased by: his wife, Ladis Zimmerle; his brother, William.

Survivors: his children, John-Michael (Tami) of Spanish Fork, Utah, Susan Marie Cawley (Ron) of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., William Edward (Dawn) of Levittown, Pa.,  and Mary Elyse Zimmerle of San Francisco, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Alan (Joanne) of Manchester, N.H.; his sister-in-law, Cathy of Ringwood, N.J.; and a niece and nephew.

Friends are invited to pay their respects at Davie Funeral Chapel in Mocksville from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11a.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Mocksville, officiated by the Rev. Eric Kowalski. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Salisbury.

Memorials:Knights of Columbus, Prayer Quilt Ministry, or the Food Pantry Ministry.