Odessa City Cemetery 

                                                                                  Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach 

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We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error.

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.



Zier, J. Adam, s/o Geo & E., d. 11-17-1904; b. 9-16-1897; TS; OC;


Zier, George C.,  (added)  “George C Zier, 88, died Tuesday, July 6, 2006. He was a resident of Brinnon, WA and he was formerly of Dayton. He was born Nov 30, 1917, in Odessa, to George and Katherine (Horn) Zier. He was a 1935 graduate of Odessa High School and attended one year of college at Kinman Business University in Spokane. In 1937 he started working in business management for the Green Giant Company in Dayton. On Oct 21, 1939, he married his high school sweetheart, Leona Schmierer, in Spokane. They continued to reside in Dayton until her death in 1989. George retired in 1978 and after his wife’s death, moved to Brinnon in 1991, and resided there until his death.  He is survived by three brothers, William Zier, of Clinton, WA, Ted Zier, of Olympia, and Alan Zier of Spokane, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and four brothers, Harold, Merlin, Philmer and Virgil. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, July 13, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel, with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Interment will follow at the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-13-2006)


Zier, Katherine Louise,  (added)  “Katherine Louise Zier.  Died: 5-01-70, Davenport, WA. Father:  Carl Horn; Mother: Margaretha Christensen; Spouse: George Zier; Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “Mrs. George (Katie) Zier of Davenport passed away Friday evening, May 1, at Lincoln hospital in Davenport. Katherine Louise Horn was born Jan 11, 1892, at The Dalles, Oregon, the daughter of the Rev Carl Anton and Margaretha Horn. The family later lived in Goldendale and Endicott, Wash., before moving to Odessa in 1907. On Oct 5, 1913, Katherine married George Zier in Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. The couple made their home on a ranch south of Odessa until 1936 when the family moved to a ranch near Davenport. In 1956 the Ziers retired and moved to their present home in Davenport. Mrs. Zier is survived by her husband, George, at the family home; six sons, William E., Seattle; Harold G., Huntsville, Alabama; George C., Dayton; Virgil D., Reardan; Theodore H., Olympia; and Alan A., Spokane. Two sons, Philmer G. and Rev Merlin W. preceded their mother in death. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren; 4 brothers, Rev Albert Horn, Rochester, NY; Martin Horn, Columbus, Ohio; Chris Horn, McMinnville, Oregon; and Carl Horn, Davenport; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Rummer, Tacoma, and Mrs. Ruth Jayne, Laramie, Wyoming. Funeral services for Mrs. Zier were held at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, on Tuesday, May 5, at 2:30 with Rev Stanley Williamsen of Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport, and Rev Daniel Cronrath of Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, officiating. Soloist was Miss Dawna Boleneus, Davenport, a grand niece of Mrs. Zier. Organist was Mrs. Florence Stout, Odessa. Mrs. Zier’s sons acted as pall bearers.” (Odessa Record: May 7, 1970)


Zier, Leona V.,   (d. 1989; b. 1918; TS; OC)  “In Memory of Leona Vioila Zier.  Born May 27, 1918, Odessa, WA. Passed Away Dec 21, 1989, Seattle, WA.  Memorial Service Sat. Dec 23, 1989 at 11 a.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dayton, WA. Pastor Gregory Bye, officiating. Congregational Singing. Gloria Delp-Organist. Graveside Services to Follow at 3 p.m., Odessa Cemetery Chapel, Odessa, WA. Services Conducted by Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA.” (Funeral Program) “Leona V Zier.—Passed away Dec 21, 1989, Seattle, WA. Her home, Dayton, WA. Survived by her husband George Zier, at the home; one brother, Herman Schmierer, Odessa, WA; nieces and nephews. Member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dayton, WA, Dayton Hospital Auxiliary, Elizabeth Forrest Day Club, active supporter of The Good Shepherd Lutheran Home activities, 1935 Graduate Odessa High School. Memorial Service, Saturday, Dec 23, 1989 at 11 a.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dayton, WA. Pastor Greg Bye, officiating. Graveside Service will follow at 3 p.m., Odessa Cemetery Chapel, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (scrapbook obit) “Leona Viola Zier, born on the family farm north of Odessa on May 27, 1918 to Edward and Helen Schmierer, died Dec 21 at Harborview Hospital, Seattle, a day after her involvement in a pedestrian-vehicle accident at Dayton. She attended school at Quast School 14 miles north of Odessa, then graduated from Odessa High School in 1935. She then attended Kinman Business University in Spokane in 1936 and was employed by the Spokesman-Review until Oct 1939. She married George Zier Oct 21, 1939 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Spokane, and the couple moved to Dayton where her husband was employed by the Green Giant Co. She was employed briefly by the ASCS, then worked as a secretary at the Green Giant Co until her retirement in 1968. An active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Dayton Hospital Auxiliary, Mrs. Zier with her husband supported Good Shepherd Lutheran Home of the West and Concordia College of Portland. Her faith was shared by many young adults in her congregation whom she had taught in Sunday School. Her devotion is projected during each Christmas season by the handcrafted white-and-gold symbols on the tree in the chancel of the Lutheran church, and by the smaller duplicates displayed on her home tree each year. After her husband retired from a career at Green Giant in 1978, the couple divided their time between a summer home on Hood Canal at Brinnon and their permanent home in Dayton. When they celebrated their 50th anniversary, they were honored at four separate parties in Oct and Nov: at the Lutheran church in Dayton, at their summer home at Brinnon, at the Odessa home of her niece, Marilyn Smith, and at the Reardan home of her husband’s brother. Mrs. Zier is survived by her husband George, at the family home; by a brother, Herman Schmierer of Odessa; and by 2 nephews, 2 nieces, 2 grandnephews, and 2 grandnieces, along with many godchildren.  Memorial funeral service was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dayton, the Rev Greg Bye officiating, and interment service at the Odessa Cemetery followed on Dec 23 with Rev Bye and the Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating.” (Odessa Record-Dec 28, 1989) “Leona Viola Zier.  Died: 12-21-1989. Birth: 5-27-1918, WA.  Spouse: George Carl Zier. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.”  (Lincoln Co Health burial card)


Zier, Martha,* (d/o Geo & E.,  d. 11-28-1901; TS; OC;) (edit: Odessa City Cemetery was previously the German Lutheran Cemetery which was previously called the Heimbigner Cemetery, which as a burying ground did not begin until 1902 with the deaths of the 4 Heimbigner children. This burial did not originally occur at this location, and no data has yet been found to show the removal and re-burial into this cemetery.)


Zier, Rosa Freda,  (d/o David; d. 10-28-1914; b. 4-22-14; TS; OC; DC; LL) “Rosa F. Zier.  Female, white, Birth: Apr 22, 1914, aged 6 months 6 days; Born: 6 miles SE Odessa, single; Father = David Zier, born Russia; Mother = Amelia Schmidmiller, born Russia; Informant: David Zier.  Death: County of Adams, Town of Odessa; Date: 10-28-1914. Acute Indigestion and congestion stomach. H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: (not shown); Undertaker: (not shown).” (WA State Board of Health; Register of Death) “Zier, Rosa Frieda.  Died: 28 Oct 1914.  Birth: 22 April 1914; Daughter of David Zier and Amelia Schneidmiller.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)"The infant child of Mr and Mrs David Zier died at its home Wednesday after a brief illness and was buried form the Lutheran church this afternoon (Friday)." (Odessa Record: 10-30-1914) 


Zier, Solomon,  (d. 1973; b. 1909; TS; OC)  “Solomon Zier.  Died: 5-06-1973.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card)


Zimbelman, Emma, (added) “In Memory of Emma Zimbelman.  Born April 2, 1898 in Eureka, South Dakota. Passed away May 12, 1984, Odessa, WA. Funeral Services, Wednesday, May 16, 1984 at 1 p.m. Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Rev Myrl Thiesies, officiating. Lynnae Rodenbough, Organist. Donna Schafer, Soloist.  Concluding Services and Vault Interment, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Casket Bearers: James Goets, William Roller, C. E. Shrauger, Loren Schlimmer, Don Janke and Robert Kuch.” (Funeral Program)  “Emma Zimbelman. Died: 5-12-1984, Odessa, WA; Birth: not shown; Mother: Ema Allmer; Father: Jacob Kallenberger. Spouse: widowed, Gus Zimbelman. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card; edit: mother should read Eva Allmer, who was the d/o Michael Allmer) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 16, 1984, from the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, WA, for Emma Zimbelman, who passed away on May 12, 1984 at the Odessa Memorial Hospital. Rev Myrl Thiesies officiated at the services.  Emma Zimbelman was born on April 2, 1898 at Eureka, South Dakota, to Jacob and Eva Allmer Kallenberger. The family later moved to Gold Butte and Shelby, Montana, and in 1907 moved to the state of Washington and settled on a farm northeast of Marlin.  On June 18, 1919, Emma was united in marriage to Gustave Zimbelman at Valley Ford, WA. Nine children were born to this union. They farmed northeast of Marlin until 1963, when two of the sons took over the farming. Mr. Zimbelman passed away on Oct 17, 1969.  In 1970, Mrs. Zimbelman and her son, Herb, moved to Odessa, where she made her home until Oct 12, 1983, when she became a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center because of poor health.  She was a member of the Odessa Baptist Church, Baptist Ladies Aid and the Odessa Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include four daughters, Florence Schlimmer and Ione Zeiler, of Odessa; Viola Syring and Rhea Strate of Spokane; five sons, Melvin, Herbert and Robert of Odessa; Leo of Almira and Donald of Othello; 19 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Ida Schorzman of Marlin, and Clara Cox of Gresham, Oregon; 3 brothers, Henry Kallenberger of Marlin; Oscar Kallenberger of Milton-Freewater, OR; and Ray Kallenberger of Box Elder, MT; 3 sisters-in-law, Lydia Price and Lizzie Zimbelman of Spokane; and Christine Kallenberger of the Davenport Nursing Home; numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, three sisters and two brothers. Sacred selections of ‘Good Night and Good Morning’ and ‘Precious Memories’ were sung by Donna Schafer. Organist was her niece, Delores Cook. Casket bearers were Loren Schlimmer, C. E. Schrauger, James Goetz, William Roller, Robert Kuch, and Dan Janke.  Concluding services and vault interment were held at the Odessa Cemetery with the Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-24-1984)


Zimbelman, George,  (added)   “George Zimbelman died at the age of 55 on Monday, Sept 18, 2006, in Wilson Creek. He is survived by his twin children, Christopher Zimbelman and Tanyaa, of Ephrata, and Jenni Sheldon and Troy of Roseburg, OR; four grandchildren; his parents, Gloria Doak of Ephrata, and Donald Zimbelman, of Othello; two brothers, Bill Zimbelman, of Ephrata, and Keith Doak, of Moses Lake; two sisters, Jodi Zimbelman, of Ephrata, and Janie Olsick, of Wilson Creek; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Jesse.  George was a member of the American Legion in Lacey, WA. He graduated from Bothell (WA) High School in 1969 and joined the US Air Force from 1969 to 1972. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept 22, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Pastor Tim Hauge will officiate. Burial preceded funeral services on Friday, Sept 22, 2006, at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”  (Odessa Record: 9-21-2006)


Zimbelman, Gustave,  h/o E.  (d. 1969; b. 1895; TS; OC)  “Gustav Zimbelman.  Died: 10-17-1969. Birth: 1-15-1895, Russia; Spouse: Emma Zimbelman; Father: Phillip Zimbelman; Mother: Magdaline Schatz; Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death and burial cards) “Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Oct 21, at 2 p.m. for Gustav Zimbelman, retired wheat farmer from the Marlin area. Mr .Zimbelman passed away at Odessa memorial Hospital Oct 17, at the age of 74 years. He was born in South Russia on Jan 15, 1895, son of Phillip and Magdalina Zimbelman and came to this country in 1901. The family moved to Odessa in 1892. In 1919 he was united in marriage to Emma Kallenberger, and they farmed northwest of Odessa until 1963, when Mr. Zimbelman retired. Mr. Zimbelman was a member of the Baptist church, the American Legion, had served as director of Lincoln Electric Cooperative in Davenport for 12 years, and was a 25 year member of the Cannawai Grange.  He is survived by his wife, Emma; four daughters, Florence Schlimmer of Marlin, Viola Syring and Rhea Strate, both of Spokane; and Ione Zeiler of Odessa; five sons, Melvin and Herbert of Marlin, Leo of Almira; Donald of Moses Lake, and Robert of Odessa. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Lydia Price, lives in Los Angeles, CA.  Funeral services were at the Baptist Church, with Rev Albert Richardson officiating. Strate Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-23-1969)


Zimbelman, Jessie Allen, (added) “Jessie Allen Zimbelman.  Died: 2-05-1977.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health burial card) “Graveside services for baby Jessie Allen Zimbelman were held Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. with Strate Funeral Home in charge, and the Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Jessie was born Oct 25th of last year at the Odessa Hospital. He died Saturday night. Jessie was the son of George and Sue Zimbelman. He is survived by the parents and one sister, Jenni Rebecca, and one brother, Christopher Michael, who are twins, by paternal grandmother, Gloria Doak of Seattle; paternal grandfather, Don Zimbelman of Odessa; paternal great grandmothers: Mrs. George Starkel and Mrs. Gus Zimbelman of Odessa; maternal grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Conklin of Klamath, CA.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1977)


Zimbelman, Magdalena,  see Bertsch:  Lartigues  

Zimbelman, Magdalena Schatz, d. 1-30-1938; b. 9-12-1862; TS; OC; (Harv & Suchland) Legal name: Magdalina (Schatz) Zimbelman Bertsch. “Body shipped from Eureka, South Dakota. Magdalena Bertsch. Death: Jan 30, 1938, Greenway, SD. Informant: Adam Bertsch, Greenway, SD. Birth: 9-12-1862, Russia.  Age: 75 yrs 9 mos 12 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Leaves husband: Adam Bertsch. Father: Velentine Schatz, born Russia; Mother: Katherine Herring/Herning, born Russia. Cause of death: senility. Dr E E Stelphine. Leaves: husband, Adam Bertsch. Funeral: Baptist Church in Odessa, Feb 6, 1938, 1:30 p.m., Rev Roth. Bearers: Al Wagner, Ed Koth, Ed Wagner, John Goetz, Jake Schorzman, George Schiewe. Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger) (Edit: First husband: Philip Zimbelman has TS of 1862-1938; and her TS  is Zimbelman; Second husband: Adam Bertsch)


Zimbelman, Melvin E., (added) d. 12-23-2003 “Funeral services for Melvin E. Zimbelman were held Monday, Dec 29, at Heritage Church in Odessa. Mr. Zimbelman, who was 82 years old, died Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003, in Odessa.  He was born Dec 16, 1921, in Marlin, the son of Gus and Emma (Kallenberger) Zimbelman. He attended the Dry Lake School and was graduated from Marlin High School in 1939. Melvin  entered the US Army on Oct 7, 1942, and was sent to England on Sept 20, 1943. He was a truck driver and a Marksman Carbine Sharpshooter. He received an American Theater Service, European African Middle Eastern Service, Good Conduct and Victory medals. He was discharged from the Army on Jan 17, 1946. Melvin farmed with his father until his father retired and he took over the farm. He retired from farming in 1981. He was a charter member and lifetime member of VFW Post #7395, a member of Cannawai Grange #837, a lifetime member of the Odessa Riders Club and a 57-year member of Wilson Creek American Legion Post #216. Melvin is survived by four sisters, Florence Schlimmer, of Odessa, Ione and Don Zeiler, of Odessa, Viola and Bob Syring, of Spokane, and Rhea Strate, of Spokane; three brothers, Don Zimbelman of Othello, Herb Zimbelman and Bob Zimbelman, both of Odessa; sister-in-law Shirley Zimbelman, of Almira; 13 nieces and 5 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Emma, one brother, Leo ‘Snooks’ Zimbelman, and 2 nephews, Curt Zimbelman and Clarke Schlimmer. Pastor Larry Snyder officiated at the funeral. Full military burial followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Jan 1, 2004)


Zimbelman, Philip,  (d. 4-13-1924; b. 12-11-1859; TS; OC; DC)  “Philip Zimbelman.  Male, white, married, retired farmer. Died 13 April 1924, at 7 a.m., Dist #6, Odessa, WA; Birth: 11 Dec 1859, Russia. Age: 65 yrs 5 mos 2 days.   Spouse: Maggie Zimbleman (Zimbelman); Mother: Margaret Marchel, born Russia; Father: Jacob Zimbleman (Zimbelman), born Russia. Informant: Maggie Zimbleman, Odessa, WA. Cause: Baclime of compensation; Contributory: mitral lesion. L M Thompson, MD, Odessa.  Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA, on 4-15-1924. J E Turner, undertaker, Harrington” (Lincoln Co Health death card & WA State Register of Death)  “Philip Zimbleman, pioneer of the Odessa country, passed away at his home in Odessa at seven o’clock Sunday morning of dropsy. His age was 64 years, four months and 2 days. Mr. Zimbleman was born in South Russia where he married Miss Magdaline Schatz, who was his faithful helpmate for 37 years. In 1901 they emigrated to this country and lived for a short time at Sutton, Nebraska and also Colorado. In 1902 they came to Odessa and settled on a ranch northwest of town. A few years ago they retired from active work and moved to town. He was a faithful member of the Baptist church and will be missed by many friends. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Chas Peterson of Marlin, and Miss Lydia Zimbleman, of Spokane, Gust Zimbleman, Henry Zimbleman and Phillip Zimbleman. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon, the Rev R. Luchs pastor and the Rev C. W. Edinger of Spokane, officiating, after which interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 4-18-1924)


Zimmerman, infant,  d/o John  (d. 6-24-1916; b. 6-24-1916; Odessa; DC)  “Zimmerman, unnamed female; Died: 24 June 1916, Odessa, WA; Birth: 24 June 1916, lived 5 minutes.  Father: John Zimmerman, born Russia; Mother: Katie Martin, born Russia. Burial: Odessa Cemetery?, Odessa, WA.”  (Lincoln Co Health death card, ? is on the card) “Unnamed Infant Zimmerman. Female, white, single. Birth: 6-24-1916, Odessa.  Age: 5 minutes. Father: John Zimmerman born Russia; Mother: Katie Martin, born Russia.  Informant: Jno Zimmerman, Odessa. Death: 6-24-1916 at 8:05 p.m. Dist #6, Odessa, WA. Cause: Premature Birth. Contributory: dropsy. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa, WA, on 6-25-1916.” (WA State Register of Death; cemetery not specified, nor undertaker.)


Zimmerman, Victor,  (added) d. 7-21-1912; DC; obit “Odessa. July 22.—Victor Zimmerman, the one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmerman of this place, met sudden death here yesterday afternoon by drinking coal oil. Mr. Zimmerman was setting some tires at his blacksmith shop when the child got hold of a gallon can of kerosene. Mr. Zimmerman ran to the doctor’s office with the boy in his arms and the physician applied a stomach pump. The child, however, breathed his last within two and one-half hours after the accident. The body was buried in the Lutheran Cemetery, just west of town, this afternoon, the Rev William Rhode, pastor of the Lutheran Church officiating.” (WA State Journal & Ritzville Times: July 25, 1912) “Victor Zimmerman; male, white, single; Birth: Feb 19, 1911, WA; Age: 1 yr 4 mos 29 days. Father; John Zimmerman, born Rush; Mother: Katie Martine, born Rus.  Informant: Father.  Death: 7-18-1912, 4 p.m., Odessa, Lincoln County.  Cause of Death: convulsions, duration one hour; Contributory: drinking kerosene, duration one hour. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery on 7-19-1912.” (WA State Certificate of Death) 


Zollmann, Gottfried, (d. 4-07-1922; b. 5-03-1847; TS; OC; DC;  LL)  “Gottfried Zollman. Died April 7, 1922, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 3 May 1847, Germany.  Age: 74 yrs 11 mos 4 days. Male, white, single, retired farmer.  Father: Nicholas Zollman, born Germany.  Mother: Anna (unknown), born Germany. Informant: Chris Hemmerling of Odessa. Cause of death: hemiplegia; L. Ganson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA on 4-10-1922. no attendant.” (WA State Register of Death & Lincoln Co Health death card)  “Gottfried Zollman. Birth: 3 Mar 1847, West-Preusen. Died:  7 April 1922; Funeral 9 April. Aged: 74 yrs 11 months 4 days. H P Christensen, Pastor.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)



Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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