Funeral services were held Thursday, June 6, at the Foley High School gymnasium, Foley, with the Rev. Timothy Wittwer officiating. Private burial was in the Ronneby Riverside Cemetery.
Cynthia Zillmer was born Oct. 5, 1955, in Robbinsdale, to Richard and Marlene (Dietz) Staples. She married Ron Zillmer, June 12, 1982, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Mora. Cindy graduated from Copper High School in 1973 and received a bachelor of arts degree in physical education and special education from Mankato State University while being a member of the varsity swim team. Cindy was employed by the Braham School District from 1978-1981, teaching special education in the middle school and head-coaching gymnastics and softball. In 1981, Cindy took a position as a high school special-ed teacher at Arlington-Green Isle School District. Here she coached volleyball, basketball and softball. Finally, in the fall of 1983, she took a position as a high school special ed teacher in the Milaca School District, while residing in Foley. During her time at Milaca, she coached swimming and softball and later coached swimming in Foley. Since her time in Foley, Cindy has been an avid member of the Foley Lioness and Lions Club. During this time, she loved all her days spent in the hamburger stand at Foley Fun Days. Her outstanding commitment was recognized with the highest form of recognition bestowed upon a Lion member, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. While her children were growing up she enjoyed teaching swimming lessons, camping, golfing, traveling and playing softball. Later in life, she loved the opportunity to return to coaching at Foley, playing bingo, fishing at the cabin in Brainerd and spending every opportunity with family.
She is survived by her husband, Ron of Foley; son and daughters, Zac, Rachel (fiancé, Michael Land) and Kaitlyn; stepchildren, Greg (fiancé, Salina Lam) of San Carlos, Calif., and Kristi (Brandon) Hansen, Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren, Mia, Macy, Max, Miles Hansen and brother, Jeff Staples of Maple Grove.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Marlene.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Cindy Zillmer Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Foley Funeral home