Carolyn Marie Joergensen Zimmerman has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored.
Carolyn was born in Oakland, CA, the only child of Elmer and Bertha Swanson Joergensen. When she was nine months old her father died, and she was raised by her mother and grandmother.
Carolyn attended San Jose State University and became a lab technician. During her college years she worked summers at a family camp in the Russian River Valley near Quincy, CA.
It was at the camp that she met Robert (Bob) Alan Zimmerman. They married and moved first to Inglewood and then to Torrance.
After moving to Torrance, Bob and Carolyn joined Resurrection Lutheran Church and she has been an active member since. She loves singing in the choir.
Bob and Carolyn raised four children (David, Mark, Dale and Linda). In 1981, Bob passed away suddenly at church on a Saturday morning while working as a volunteer on the sound system. Carolyn has not remarried, feeling no one could replace Bob.
Carolyn connected with the Friendship Force and traveled the world. Two years ago Carolyn retired from 45 years volunteering at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She also volunteered as an Usher at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theater for many years.
For twenty years, starting during the 1980s, Carolyn boarded in her home long-term visitors from Japan (some staying for 10 years). About three years ago Carolyn welcomed her daughter Linda and Linda’s boyfriend into her home, and about a year later her granddaughter Elizabeth and her boyfriend also came to live with Carolyn. She very much appreciates the good care they have given her.
Carolyn is a woman of faith. And loves every minute she spends with her five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (they call her “Tutu”). She enjoys puzzles, TV (Doc Martin, Rick Steves, Dirty Jobs, Days of our Lives, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune are favorites). And she treasures her dog Eddie.
We’re glad that Carolyn is with us at Caring House and look forward to caring for this charming, community-spirited woman.
Carolyn died on June 26, 2017. Honor her. Remember her.