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Fr. Nicholas Zimmer, of Braham, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Elmhurst Commons in Braham.  He was 89 years old.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Braham.

VISITATION will be held from 4- 7 pm on Tuesday, November 17th with a PRAYER SERVICE at 6:30 pm and again 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday, ALL AT THE CHURCH.

PRIOR to the graveside service (approximately 12 noon), the funeral procession will pass by Elmhurst commons and downtown Braham before arriving at the cemetery.

INTERMENT will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are REQUIRED at the services for Fr. Zimmer. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.

The service will be live streamed at https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=L_HklaMvCuI. condolences can be made for those who cannot attend. Thank you for understanding during this difficult time.

Father Nicholas Zimmer, of Braham, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Elmhurst Commons in Braham. He was 89 years old.

Nicholas Matthew Zimmer was born on December 9, 1930 on a farm near Belgrade, Minnesota to parents Nick and Kathryn (Pletschett) Zimmer. He was baptized at the St. Francis DeSales Church in Belgrade on December 11, 1930. On June 1, 1957, He was ordained a Priest for the Dioceses of St. Cloud. He served in the following pastoral assignments; Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Little Falls from 1957-1964, Associate Chaplain at the St. Cloud Newman Center from 1964-1969, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Chokio from 1969-1972, Pastor of St. Pius X Church in Zimmerman from 1972-1984, and founding Pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Braham from 1984 until retirement in 2001. After his retirement, he continued to serve at Sts. Peter and Paul church and the community of Braham.

Fr. Zimmer also served for a number of years on the Diocesan Tribunal, the Presbyteral Council, and as Dean of the Princeton Deanery.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Kathryn, Dorothy, Mary Maudal, and Sister Alard.

He is survived by his niece, Ann Maudal; nephews, Claude (Rita) Maudal, and Michael (Cindy) Maudal; great nieces and nephews, Kaye Huyink, Rachel (Quehan) Uyoo, Ethan (Jenessa) Maudal, and Molly Maudal; great great niece Freya Maudal; as well as many friends.


13 thoughts on “FR. NICHOLAS ZIMMER”

  1. Father Zimmer was a big part of our family. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in eternal peace.

  2. If some souls are allowed to skip purgatory and go right to Heaven based on their kindness and goodness, then Father Zimmer is already enjoying the Beatific Vision with God.

  3. I was so sad in hearing of the loss of Father Zimmer. He was a pillar in the Braham community.
    He was welcoming to so many people to help build the Braham church. He never passed judgement of who you were and what your past was. He welcomed you into his flock with open arms. He left a great impact to those who knew him and loved him. He will be missed greatly by me.

  4. Father Zimmer was a saint in priest clothing. He was a true blessing to the Zimmerman community. His name is remembered as he touched so many.

  5. With great thankfulness, Fr. Zimmer was our Scripture Professor years ago at St. Clare College, Little Falls, MN. Our classes always began with singing the following song, and now he can totally enjoy eternal life, R.I.P. Father Zimmer, from the class of ’66.
    “Keep in Mind
    Keep in mind that Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead.
    He is our saving Lord, he is joy for all ages.
    If we die with the Lord, we shall live with the Lord.
    If we endure with the Lord, we shall reign with the Lord.”

  6. Father Zimmer performed a miracle for my son in 1998 when he pulled boiling water off a countertop and had significant third degree burns over a large percentage of his body. The skin on my son’s face and chest was gone and he needed surgery. Father came down to Regions Hospital and prayed with us the night before surgery. Father started a prayer chain too. Next morning when the nurses and doctors carefully removed the mummy wrapping the doctor couldn’t believe it. My son’s face had regenerated overnight! An impossibility. Even his sight in one eye was completely healed and today at age 23 he has 20/20 vision, which neither of his parents have. We were told by top notch medical personnel that this is a true miracle. Thank you Father for your healing, love, and utter kindness!

  7. Uncle Fr Nic was a blessing to our family. He was there to marry and bury family members as requested. Always done with such class and grace. Just an average man who did not demand attention and preferred to just blend into the crowd. He will be missed by us all. Rest In Peace Nic.

  8. Father Nicholas Zimmer was a true Saint in our lives. He was there when those important moments in life took place. He married Bill and I. He Baptized our children; I have a cherished picture of him holding my twins. First Communions, Confirmations, Miracles. He provided Bill with Sacraments before his death, and helped us through the Funeral Mass and beyond. Treats for the Feast of St Nicholas in our shoes. Homilies that made you feel good about striving harder to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. His usual, and always effective, advice to “spend more time in prayer”. We honor him for his holy example and his humbleness. We are so grateful that God shared him with us for so long. Please, Fr Nick, continue to pray for us. Rest in the Glory of God. Amen.

  9. Rest In Peace Father,

    A special man who fell in love with a small community considered this his home
    He loved with an open heart and welcomed so many.
    Use those Holy Stairs and climb to that chapel.

    Mike and Virginia Hasser
    Braham Minnesota

  10. In the early 1980’s the Catholic families in the Braham area were members of the churches in Cambridge, Rush City, Pine City and Mora. Some hardworking community members had been petitioning the Diocese of St. Cloud to start a new parish in Braham. When it was decided to allow this, Father Zimmer had just completed his tenure in Zimmerman where he had built a new church. Although he was offered a new assignment in an established parish where the mortgage was paid, he asked to be given the challenge of beginning a new congregation. We were truly blessed to have had his guidance at the start and his example of faith in our parish and in the community for the past 36 years.

  11. I remember Father Zimmer when he was Associate Pastor in Little Falls at St Mary’s and St Adalbert’s Church, where my family attended mass. Father Zimmer also taught catechism on Saturday morning, which my brother and I attended. He was a very wonderful priest and model for the youth of the parishes. May he rest in blessed peace.

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