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Rita Mae (Teske) Zimmerman , Age 69

August 26, 1952 --May 11, 2022

Rita Mae (Teske) Zimmerman was embraced by her heavenly Father for eternity on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, after a two-year courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Portage, WI to Everett Teske and Janiece (Shew) Teske, on August 26, 1952. Rita graduated from Baraboo Senior High in 1971. Rita was united in marriage to James Zimmerman on September 24, 1977 and would have celebrated 45 years together in September.

After high school, Rita worked for Bell Telephone Company until its relocation to Madison. Rita then worked for 18 years at Flambeau Plastics, Inc. She changed jobs, working for Comdata Trucking Company of Madison. Rita decided to start her own trucking company, BST Lmtd. She continued growing her business until her cancer diagnosis in June of 2020.

Rita loved attending the New Life Community Advent Christian Church, spending time volunteering in the kitchen with her best friend, Carol Koberstein.

Rita was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents; in-laws, Leo and Marge Zimmerman; her father, Everett Teske and stepfather, Harlan Buelow; sister-in-law, Kathy Dietrich.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; Mother, Janiece; sister, Patti, brother, Ed; sister, Heidee as well as other relatives.

Rita fought a courageous battle against cancer for two years, wanting to spend as much time as possible with her immediate family. She never gave up hope.

The family would like to thank Dr. Randy Krszjzaniek, Dr. Huen, the infusion nurses at St. Clare Hospital as well as SSM Home Health Hospice. Special thank you to Rev. Jesse Stevens and Rev. Jed Crouse and the membership of the church, New Life Community Advent Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers or contributions, please donate in Ritas name to the Sauk County Humane Society.

Per Rita's wishes, no memorial service is planned. The Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Jennifer Lovelace May 13, 2022

Cousin Reedsburg , Wisconsin

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to her husband, her mom and the whole family.

Bev Kittoe May 13, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

My sincere condolences to the family. Rita was a beautiful soul and will be missed.

Karen Phinney May 14, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Heaven is gaining quite the Angel. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet you and became friends. I will never forget your sassy, spunky, got an answer for everything attitude. You fought hard, so very hard, you deserve your wings, Fly high my friend, Fly high! Love you always!

Penny Snyder May 15, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Sending love and praying for strength for your family to deal with the loss of Rita. Knew Rita since grade school, then we were friends throughout our high school years. So thankful for our visits by phone the last two years. We were also confirmed together. Her Faith was unshakable, she was one tough cookie. Going to miss her spunk. Rita tried so hard to fight her illness. As she wanted more time with her family. Rest In Peace, Penny White Snyder