Patricia Zimbrick

April 20, 1931 - October 31, 2023


Obituary For Patricia Zimbrick

Madison - Patricia (“Pat”) Zimbrick, age 92, peacefully passed away at home on October 31. She led an amazing and full life, always doing good and putting others first.

Pat (Mrs. Z, Grandma Z) was born in Hobart, Indiana. She and her mother Josephine Kubiak lived with her grandparents, together with 8 uncles and aunts. After her high school graduation, she did office work. In 1946, one of those uncles introduced Pat to a marine buddy named John Zimbrick. They were married in 1951 and the love story continued for the next 72 years. John worked hard and built a successful business, but he would tell you that Pat was the reason for his success. Pat would make boxed dinners and deliver them to John at night, as he worked until 10 p.m. most nights. When John bought his first dealership in Madison, Pat and John would clean the dealership floors on Sunday as money was tight. Pat also enjoyed decorating, and would single handedly put up Christmas decorations in all of the showrooms well into her 70s. It was an amazing partnership as well.

Pat was also a wonderful mother and grandmother, always putting others first. All meals were home cooked for her family (and anyone else there), and she constantly took her sons to sporting activities. She also typed their high school papers in a crunch. She helped in the community with Meals on Wheels for many years. Pat put others first. She was a “super mom”. Pat was also a super grandmother, going to many artistic and sporting events, and especially liked hosting the grandchildren in Florida.

Florida was her “happy place”. She loved entertaining and had many themed parties, even if they were just cocktail parties. She had every centerpiece, glass, plate, napkin, and food for each themed event. We still have many of those themed items in the basement!

The last few years were difficult, as Parkinson’s disease left Pat dependent on others for the first time in her life. She was always the one to serve others, so when the disease progressed, the tables were turned. It was a privilege to help, and many family members along with live in caregivers, joyfully helped to care for Pat. We wish to especially thank all who provided special care to Pat over the past 2 years-Melissa Lendborg and the Agrace Hospice Team, Jeri Dobson, Steve Nelson, the caregivers at the Mongolian Caregiver Network, Bea Nolan, and many others. We are grateful for the cards, phone calls, and visits that many friends bestowed upon Pat so that she truly felt loved.

Pat was a role model for many, even at the end of her life. Pat and John never ceased holding hands each and every day and showing their love each and every day, and together lived their Catholic faith.

Pat is survived by her loving husband John; sons, Tom and Mike; daughter-in-law, Marykay; grandchildren, John, Leisa, Joel, Nikky, and Ella. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 2438 Atwood Ave, Madison with Father Michael Radowicz presiding on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at noon, with a visitation beginning at 10:30am. A reception at Maple Bluff Country Club will follow the mass. Donations are requested to be sent to Agrace Hospice, St. Mary’s Foundation, and St. Bernard’s of Madison. We will miss you Mom and you will always be in our hearts. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

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8 Nov

Mass of Christian Burial

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  • November 20, 2023

    Sending our thoughts and condolences to the Zimbrick Family. 💙 A truly special person who will be missed dearly by all. - Your friends at Forward Madison FC and the Madison Mallards.

  • November 15, 2023

    So many great memories of the Zimbrick experience. Truly working for them meant you were family. Pat was beyond gracious, kind, and a true lady. She will never be forgotten ❤️ God's peace to the Zimbrick family. Mike and Nancy Barth

  • November 14, 2023

    To the Zimbrick family ,,, I have very fond memories of Mrs Z as we all called her in the shop. Always a warm smile on her face and a kind word to everyone as she worked around the dealership. I had the honor of working at the dealership for four years for your wonderful family. May God comfort your family in this time of sorrow. Sincerely , Thomas Coons

  • November 14, 2023

    My deepest condolences to John, Tom, Mike and the entire Zimbrick family. Mrs. Z was the "real deal" always willing to help and very hands on. One of the kindest and compassionate ladies I've known. So many wonderful memories from my time with the Z family. May she rest in eternal peace. Dave & Sally Nathanson

  • November 09, 2023

    Pat & John's legacy is huge, mostly highlighted by an exceptional work and uncompromising family values. I'd say 72 years is an outstanding run with plenty to show for it!

  • November 08, 2023

    What a terrific, warm and caring woman Mrs. Zimbrick was...equal parts of humor and grace, always compassionate and ready to help when necessary. I celebrate her life and wish all peace for John, Tom, Mike and the entire Zimbrick family. Be With God. Tim Porter

  • November 07, 2023

    What a beautiful soul. I was blessed to have had Pat make an impact on my life. From the first time I meet Pat; it was as if I had known her for a very long time. It was how she made you feel. To the Zimbrick family our heart felt sympathy. Lori and Dan Miller

  • November 07, 2023

    Such a beautiful human being God created in Pat. My condolences to John, Tom & Mary Kay and Mike. Her legacy will live on in all of you. Linda Cowan

  • November 06, 2023

    Aunt Pat was someone you couldn't help but be drawn to. She had a huge personality and humble heart. Her and Uncle John had the love and life story one can only hope for. The heavens have gained a new star shining down on us. Love you both.

  • November 06, 2023

    Sorry for your loss Tom. I remember going to your house way back in the day. Your mom fixed us lunch. Best wishes.

  • November 05, 2023

    Pat was a beautiful lady. It was a pleasure to have known her. God bless her. Joe and Helen Buechner

  • November 05, 2023

    Dear John and family, I am so sorry to hear of Patty's passing. I will never forget how she welcomed me into the family when John and I got married. In Patty's memory we planted 5 trees in her memory Karen Novina and family Steve and Maryann Bencze and family

  • November 05, 2023

    Pat and John have been the best and dearest of neighbors/friends, and Pat will be much missed. Pat was incredibly caring and thoughtful; every week, she would leave fresh Gatorade's for the village personnel on top of their garbage cans! Our deepest condolences to John and the family ❤️ Jim and Mary Yeager and Family

  • November 04, 2023

    Pat was a beautiful lady with a kind heart, I liked her from the very first time we met her at church.

  • November 04, 2023

    I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful person. Mrs. Zimbrick was always so kind to me and all she encountered. My deepest sympathies to Mr. Zimbrick and the entire Zimbrick family.

  • November 03, 2023

    I can never forget the Christmas Holidays! Pat was always there making all the showrooms looks so Beautiful! Bill And Mary Smith

  • November 03, 2023

    My deepest sympathies to the Zimbrick family. Mrs. Z was a very special Lady and will be missed by All. Hugs Tinki Jensen 🙏🏻❤️

  • November 03, 2023

    Ми родина з України. Хочемо подякувати пані Патріції Зімбрік,за її доброту і щире серце.Пані Патріція допомогла нам фінансово,коли ми втікали від війни. Щирі співчуття сім'ї Зімбрік

  • November 03, 2023

    Pat and John My special memories of Pat and John for their many kindnesses during my thirty years in Madison. The earliest one, 1969, and dinner at their home, cooked by Pat and served by John. Ellie and I were newcomers in Madison then. What a wonderfull beginning for us. I will never forget the Zimbricks, and Pat's and John's ongoing kindnesses. My love and sympathy. John F. Mack

  • November 03, 2023

  • November 02, 2023

    I was fortunate to do landscape work at the Zimbrick's house as a young man. Mrs Zimbrick would always invited us in to her nice white kitchen for morning buns and milk on our morning break. We were never clean and probably a bit crude, but we were treated with respect and appreciation. A few years ago, after many years had passed, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mrs Zimbrick again and was happy to have the opportunity to tell her how much her kindness meant to a young, dirty landscaper all those years ago. I have a feeling there are probably a lot of similar stories about her that could be told. My condolences to the Zimbrick family, Brian


  • Ocean Devotion

    Kyler Donovan sent Ocean Devotion for Patricia Zimbrick - November 20, 2023

    Our sympathy and condolences to the Zimbrick Family. - Your friends at Forward Madison FC and the Madison Mallards

  • Serene Lily Basket

    David Galowich sent Serene Lily Basket for Patricia Zimbrick - November 06, 2023

    Pat was a special person that will be missed. We are grateful to have known her. - Dave and Dana Galowich

  • 5 TREES

    KAREN ; NOVINA planted 5 trees in memory of Patricia Zimbrick . - November 05, 2023

  • Love's Journey

    Love's Journey was sent for Patricia Zimbrick - November 05, 2023

  • Mixed Spray

    Frank Bernardo sent Mixed Spray for Patricia Zimbrick - November 05, 2023

    Mrs.Z you were a very special lady and we will never forget you.Go with God. The Bernardo family

  • Peace & Serenity Dishgarden

    Donald Meadowcroft sent Peace & Serenity Dishgarden for Patricia Zimbrick - November 04, 2023

    Our family sends prayers and comfort during this tough time. Don and Dawn Meadowcroft.

  • Memories to Treasure

    Memories to Treasure was sent for Patricia Zimbrick - November 02, 2023

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