Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Death of Our Daughter; End of our Mission

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our daughter Sheri Lynne Zimmerman Klein (age 33), on Sunday, August 30, 2009, due to complications (eclampsia) from childbirth. Her newborn (second) daughter Ava Lily Klein was taken by C-section and is healthy and strong. Sheri's first daughter Abbey, age 3, and husband Eric are doing as well as could be expected.

We were released from our mission by the mission and Area presidents. We left Tarma on Tuesday, September 1, and flew out of Lima that night, arriving at our home in Orem on Wednesday. On Thursday, we attended a memorial service for Sheri in Lolo, Montana, where she was living at the time of her passing. We held a viewing on Friday in Orem and her funeral and burial on Saturday.

Picture of Abbey, Sheri, and Eric, taken July 2008:


Thanks to all of you who followed our blog during our 11 months as missionaries. We will of course miss our daughter but we will also miss the wonderful people of our mission and the many friends we left behind in the High Central Andes of Peru.

12 comments:

Curt said...

We saw this tragic event in the paper yesterday, and felt bad for the family. I didn't realize she was your daughter. I've been following your blog for a while now, and enjoying it very much. I served my mission in Peru, and really liked the work you were doing.

I'm so sorry for your loss, and I pray you have the strength to get through this. You guys are an example to me!

Curt Lytle

GDR said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you two and your family. I will be sorry to see your blog end, I enjoyed it so much. My son is in Peru Lima North, and I was wishing you two were also. They don't have any couple missionaries in that mission that I know of. Take care.

Elder Fortenberry's Mom said...

Dear Bro. & Sis. Zimmerman,

I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. What a difficult thing to got through. I cannot imagine in the least the heartbreak you two are experiencing. I am sad to see you end your mission on such a tragic note. I have enjoyed your blog very much. It has opened a window for me to see somewhat of what my son is experiencing in the Lima Peru East mission. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Tammy said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I lost my sister two years ago in Oct. I pray that you will find comfort in your beliefs and joy in your new grandchild. I will miss following your well written blog and the beautiful photos.

Lisa S said...

My heart felt condolences to you and your family for the loss of your daughter. I have followed your blog for awhile and have enjoyed it very much. I will miss all your postings about the wonderful people of Peru

Peggy said...

Elder and Sister Zimmerman,
I was so sorry to hear about your daughter. There are no words to ease the hurt you're feeling, just our Heavenly Father's plan to give you comfort and the love of your family. I have enjoyed your beautiful photos and amazing way you captured the life of people in Peru. I'm sure you'll be very missed there. You're in my prayers. Love, Peggy Webb

Dustin and Lyndsey Wright said...

I am so sorry for your loss. That is such a hard experience that you have to go through! The Lord will bless your Family in these hard time. My prayers are with your Family. I know we have never met before, but I have a huge love for you as I have followed your blog these past many months. Thank you for your service!

With Love,
Dustin Wright

Allegra Posts for Rose said...

I am so very, very sorry. With much love, Michele

Nuestra Familia said...

Hi Hermano y Hermana Zimmerman,
So sorry for your tragic loss. I'm sure you are great grandparents and your grandkids love you so much, so great you are able to help and go back to your family.
I just wanted to tell you thank you for your service in the Tarma and surrounding areas. I'm from Peru and used to visit Tarma at least twice every year. All your posts and pictures bring back so many beautiful memories. All my family from Tarma has passed away or is now in Lima, a good friend of the family lives a half of block from the plaza in Tarma. I live in AZ now. Thank you again, Alejandra

Luis said...

Brother and Sister Zimmerman, I just found your blog, has the best pictures to describe your mission.
One of my sons has being call to serve in Lima Peru East mission. We are really happy for him; I was looking around to see the area. Your blog describes everything really well.
So sorry about your daughter, I just read the last post.
Hope you granddaughters are growing healthy and happy.
With time I will read every post you did.
Thank you
Rosalba Zepeda

Luis said...

Brother and Sister Zimmerman, I just found your blog, has the best pictures to describe your mission.
One of my sons has being call to serve in Lima Peru East mission. We are really happy for him; I was looking around to see the area. Your blog describes the mission really well.
I'm So sorry about your daughter, I just read the last post.
Hope you granddaughters are growing healthy and happy.
With time I will read every post you did.
Thank you
Rosalba Zepeda

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