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Susanne B. Zimmerman

Susanne B. Zimmerman, 86, of Santa Barbara, California, formerly of Detroit, Michigan, died on 04 June 2021.

The Funeral was held at Graveside at Beth El Memorial Park, 28120 W 6 Mile Rd, Livonia MI 48152 on Monday, 21 June 2021 at 11:00 AM .

Rabbi Megan Brudney officiated.

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Interment at Beth El Memorial Park.

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Susanne B. Zimmerman, formerly of Santa Barbara, California passed away on June 4, 2021. Born to Jessie and Peter Altman on February 28, 1935 in Detroit Michigan, Susanne was a life-long learner. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature and Fine Arts in 1956. Once her children were in school fulltime, Susanne went back to college to earn a degree in accounting and business at Lawrence Institute of Technology where she graduated in 1975.

In 1983 Susanne decided to move to sunny Santa Barbara, California to be closer to her sons. She was a bookkeeper for the jeweler Bryant & Sons before embarking on her own bookkeeping service which provided monthly payroll, accounting and tax preparation services for individuals and small businesses. Never content with not learning, she enrolled at California Lutheran University and earned an MBA in 1987.

Susanne is pre-decease by her oldest son, Rodney P. Zimmerman. She is survived by her children, Stanley D. Zimmerman, Los Angeles, CA and Leslie Breck (Ted) Groton, CT and Sarasota, FL and her five grandchildren, Dr. Danielle Zimmerman, Jonathan Zimmerman, Robert W. Breck II, Thomas A. Breck and Eleanor W. Breck. As well as two of her three siblings, N.A. Daniels of Tennessee and William Altman (Sarah) of San Antonio, TX. She is also predeceased by her brother Jerome Altman.

In life, Susanne passionately loved her dog Toto, anything Wizard of Oz, chocolate, her Michigan Wolverines, watching professional tennis, the news and traveling. Susanne was very bright and had a quick wit which she would use to humor and endear those she encountered, even when her dementia had taken over. Susanne was a collector and all who knew her will remember her vast collection of miniatures, Toby Mugs, and hippos that she accumulated throughout her adult life. She enjoyed using her creative talents to teach herself and others needlepoint and enjoyed building intricate paper models of famous buildings with a scale of under 1”. She will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the University of Michigan in Susanne’s name.