Antoinette L. Zimmerman

1927-05-08 - 2024-04-15

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street Crete IL (Map-it)


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Info: 708-672-7600

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Antoinette Louise Zimmerman, 96, left her earthly home on April 15, 2024 in Crete, Illinois.
Antoinette was born on May 8, 1927 to Epifania (Lucido) and George Becchino in Calumet City, Illinois. She married Leo M.
Zimmerman there on January 6, 1951 at St. Victor Catholic Church. They remained married until he passed in 2012.  They lived in Calumet City for 48 years, until they moved to Crete in 1999.
Leo and Toni had four children: Mary Jo (Mark) Costello; Diane Royster; Thomas Zimmerman; and David (Emely) Zimmerman. She was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life, Leo; her daughter, Diane; and her infant grandson, Zachary Zimmerman. Besides her parents, her siblings: Mary (R E) Thompson (Marty) Montalbano, Ben (Marge) Becchino, and Josephine (Antonino) Vetrano waited for her in Heaven.  She is survived by her cherished grandchildren: David (Angie) Hattey, Joseph (Jana) Hattey, Andrea (Jaime) Davilis, Erica Costello, Jason Kucera, Jessica (Devin) Chaulk, Cara (Brian) Spurlock, David (Maddie) Zimmerman, and Antoinette Diane Zimmerman. Her loyal kitty, Hemi, will miss her companionship.  She loved her great-grandchildren: Emerald Hattey; Noelle, Zachary, Leo, and Nathan Chaulk; Juliana and Olivia Davilis; and Eli and Sadie Zimmerman.
She treasured her former daughters-in-law, Lisa Zimmerman and Paulette Plohg Steinhilber. She also had a beloved penpal, Michael Rose, of Longview, WA, from whom she loved receiving letters.
Toni was much-loved by her many nieces, nephews, and cousins, especially Bob Zimmerman, Fano Lucido, and George Kovacich. While she was ill, many of them journeyed to visit her to show their love.  Neighbors from Calumet City and Crete benefited from her generosity and kindnesses and will miss her.
Toni worked as a sandwich-maker and oven technician at Stewart’s Infrared Sandwiches in Calumet City. When Leo and Toni moved to Crete, she then volunteered at the Community Outreach Food Pantry at St. Liborius in Steger, Illinois. She worked as a Democratic election judge. She actually enjoyed performing jury duty, which she did numerous times. Toni was a room mother at Wentworth-Wilson School. She chaperoned numerous field trips. She attended all her children’s band, choir, ball games, tournaments, concerts, and performances. She was very proud of their achievements and talents.
She cared for all the wildlife in her yard and even hand-fed deer who visited regularly. Birds gathered among her feeders by the hundreds. Neighborhood stray cats found shelter in her backyard.
The family wishes to thank Unity Hospice, especially Nicole, and the staff at St. James Manor, especially Kayla, Trish, Tina, Julie, and Lakeesha for their loving care. The family wants to thank Polonia In Home Care of Chicago, especially Mariya. She was an angel helping Antoinette transition to Heaven. We will always remember her. Per her wishes, no visitation will take place. Crete Funeral Home will handle her cremation. A gathering for family and friends will take place at a future date.
To honor her memory, please plant a tree or hang a bird feeder in your yard. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Unity Hospice of Chicago, Illinois; Community Outreach Food Pantry in Steger, Illinois; and Pet Refuge in South Bend, Indiana.



  1. Amanda Batiz on April 25, 2024 at 9:51 pm
    My deepest condolences to friends and family.
    What a life that was lived!

  2. Ingrid Harris on April 26, 2024 at 7:44 pm
    may she continue to rest in peace. amen amen👏👏

  3. Cathy Baker Reque on May 6, 2024 at 12:45 pm
    Deepest condolences to the family. Judy and Il miss our semi-annual visits over the years when I was in town. She always had coffee and cake or cookies for us. We enjoyed talking old times with her. She and Uncle Leo truly led a blessed life and left great memories that will be cherished. I was actually there once to see her hand feed an apple to a deer in her back yard. What a sight!
    Rest in peace dear sweet Aunt Toni. We will all be together again some day.
    Cathy Zimmerman Baker Reque
    and Judy Zimmerman Novak

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