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Wanda Lee Zimmerman Hutter

Wanda Lee Zimmerman Hutter

Long-time Quincyian Wanda Lee Zimmerman Hutter was reunited in Heaven with her husband, son, parents, siblings, in-laws and many friends on December 17, 2021. She passed away at Goodwin House Alexandria, in Alexandria, Va., where she had moved in December 2019, following her husband's death to be closer to immediate family.

Wanda was born January 29, 1925, in Pittsfield, Ill., to Guy Francis Zimmerman and Lora Myrtle Binns. Wanda's father and uncle opened the Zimmerman Garage in 1914 and in 1915 signed their first agreement to sell Buick automobiles in 1915. The Zimmerman Brothers Company and its ability to survive the Great Depression was a source of pride for Wanda throughout her life. Both her parents were community-minded and taught Wanda and her siblings the values of hard work, savings, and investment, and caring for others - all from a Christian faith that was an anchor of her mother's life. She also was blessed by her parents with an appreciation for history and particularly the history of our nation's founding and its great leaders over time.

Following graduation from Pittsfield High School, Wanda entered the University of Illinois where she joined the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and was active in numerous honorary societies and clubs, including the Torch. She graduated in 1946 with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. On Sept. 1, 1946, Wanda married Eugene Kenneth Hutter, Sr. of Barry, Illinois, following his service in World War II, and they lived in Quincy for their entire married life of 73 years.

Wanda was a member of the Nancy Ross Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of the John Howland Society, a sustaining member of the Quincy Service League, a past president of the Quincy Symphony Women's Board and a past president of the Quincy Senior High Parent Teacher Association.

She was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church of Pittsfield and formerly affiliated with the New Beginnings Church of Quincy.

Among her special interests were the American Bluebird Society and the restoration and perseveration of the Shastid House in Pittsfield and other "Remembering Lincoln" projects, including bronze busts of President Lincoln and his two secretaries in the White House, John Hay and John Nicolay on the courthouse lawn in Pittsfield.

Wanda is survived by her son Jeffrey Hutter and his wife, Angela, of Indianapolis; daughter Lindalyn Hutter of Alexandria, Virginia; grandson Jared Kenneth Hutter of Abilene, Texas; granddaughters Lori Elkins and husband, Todd, and Whitney Lawrence and husband, Brennen; great grandchildren Evan Elkins, Griffin Elkins, Anna Lawrence and William Lawrence; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Through Jeffrey's marriage to Angela, Wanda gained grandchildren Kelsey Conrad, Lindsey DeHaven, Tristan DeHaven, and Eli DeHaven, and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by three special friends, Constance "Connie" McClelland, Barbara Dittmer Irvin and Christy Ervin Reis.

Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, son Eugene Kenneth Hutter, Jr., parents, siblings, in-laws and treasured friends. She was the last of her generation among her family and her husband's family.

Service: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8 at Duker and Haugh Funeral Home with The Rev. Michael Ten Eyck of the First Christian Church of Pittsfield officiating.

Visitation: 10:00 – 11:00 am on Saturday, Jan. 8 at Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, the First Christian Church of Pittsfield and the Pike County All Wars Museum in Pittsfield.

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From:
Rick & Judy Haugh
Quincy, IL
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Wanda was a wonderful neighbor all the years we lived across the street. She was a wonderful person
From:
Christine Schaller
Anderson, IN
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Sorry to read of Wanda’s passing. Very lovely women. I know Gene is happy she’s home with him.
From:
Henry Geise
Quincy, IL
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My condolences to Hutter family. My late parents were good friends with the Hutter family.
From:
Laura Show
Yorkville, IL
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What a beautiful life story. Mrs Hutter was such a nice lady. Our parents were friends. My condolences to Lindalyn and Jeff and their families.
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MARTHA DOOLEY
LEES SUMMIT, MO
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You were the best neighbor and after we both moved we kept in touch by phone….I will miss our calls. The last one, a couple weeks ago, was so special. You took great care of Scott and I….thank you
From:
Mike Moyers
MAYWOOD, MO
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My condolences to Mrs Hutter’s family and friends. She was a classy lady. A real one of a kind.
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Warren D. Winston
Pittsfield, IL
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Wanda was a champion of preserving Pike County History. She was an outstanding supporter of the importance of John Nicolay and John Hay and their friendship with Abraham Lincoln. Her intellect was remarkable. Every conversation, even recently, included "What is going on at the East School Museum?". Wanda truly wanted future generations to appreciate our rich Pike County History. She will truly be missed.
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Jamie Klingele
Liberty, IL
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I’m deeply saddened to hear this and just looked it up. To Lynn and Jeff my deepest sympathy. I don’t get newspaper and learned of this on Friday. So sorry I missed funeral. I missed her so much when she moved but I totally understood why. I did chat with her few times on phone and was just thinking of her birthday coming up. I will miss her wisdom and especially political conversations. Doing her hair was always a pleasure.