|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1925|
|Death: ||May 18, 2002|
GIRMUS, WILMA JEAN—Wilma Jean Kimbrough was born to Claude James and Lillian Ann (Schelkopf) Kimbrough on February 13, 1925 in O’Neill and passed away on May 18, 2002, at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln, at the age of 77 years, three months, and five days. Wilma’s family consisted of three brothers and one sister. She attended country school at District No. 46 near Martland and graduated from high school at District No. 79 in Geneva.
Wilma was married to Johnie Girmus of Ohiowa on December 19, 1943, at the home of Francis and Amolia Kimbrough, and to them four children were born. She joined the United Brethren Church at Martland, and later transferred her membership to the United Methodist Church in Geneva.
After marrying, Wilma and Johnie lived on a farm near Ohiowa. Their first child, Shirley Ann, was born on August 21, 1944, only a few short months before Johnie was called to serve his country in the U. S. Army in World War II, in December of 1944. During part of the time that Johnie was away, Wilma and Shirley lived in San Francisco, Calif., with Wilma’s sister, June and her husband. Johnie was honorably discharged from the service in October of 1946, after which time Wilma and he moved to their current home south of Geneva, where they began farming with Wilma’s family. Three additional children blessed Johnie and Wilma’s family: Constance June on January 18, 1949; Johnie Dale on October 9, 1950; and Richard Alan on October 12, 1951.
Wilma and Johnie enjoyed their life together in farming and raising livestock. Through the years, they were able to purchase farmland which Johnie Dale and Richard helped with as they were growing up. Wilma contributed in every way she could whether it was to help to herd cattle, to help move equipment from field to field, or to carry food out to the field for meals. Wilma and Johnie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December of 1993, with an open house and dinner at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva. A host of family and friends helped them to celebrate this wonderful union with pictures, videos, and treasured memories. Johnie passed away in the spring of 1996, leaving an empty space on the farm, but Wilma chose to remain on the farm up until her death.
Wilma had many diverse interests and hobbies that kept her busy. Horseback riding was an activity that was enjoyed by her family and relatives—there would be get-togethers in which they might play softball on horseback or to square dancing on horseback. They were members of the Saddle Club in Fillmore County and in her earlier years they enjoyed going on trail rides with the whole family, having box socials, and running the Saddle club food stand at the county fair.
She loved gardening, helping to raise or take care of the many animals they had (chickens, dogs, ducks, cattle) and in later years being entertained by her “Granddogs” at the farm. One of her early morning rituals was to invite her current favorite dog, “Bear” into the kitchen for his treat of peanut butter and crackers. She spent a lot of time with her two “boys” Bear and Mac, and appreciated their letting her know if any strange vehicles came into the yard.
Probably one of the things Wilma was best noted for were the countless hours she would spend at the stove cooking. If you were ever invited to a meal at her house, you would never leave hungry. If you brought something special for her to enjoy, she would never return the pan empty. She was teased endlessly for some of the recipes that she put together, and some of the ways that she would give leftovers a new face-like the cookies covered with pudding, or the peanut butter cornflake cookies with that special “protein” ingredient, or whether she had made more pecan pies and cookies to send to the kids away from her, or for Rich to sample. She dearly loved having her family gather at her home, as well as entertaining friends with food during pheasant hunting, hosting the annual Fourth of July picnics and firework shows, and having her kitchen be the command center for the marathon sweet-corn freezing operation in the summer. During her final hours, Wilma was probably planning the next meal that she would be preparing.
Wilma was a member of the Stanton Women’s club (of which she was serving as news-reporter). Members recall that Wilma was the one that always volunteered for any of the lessons that involved food preparation. Rich recalls Johnie remarking a few of the recipes were good, but that she probably didn’t need to try them again! Wilma had belonged to the Stanton club for over 50 years and received her 50-year membership pin a few years ago.
Wilma enjoyed being on the go, whether it was to be going quilting, going to club, going to visit family, going to some of her great-grandchildren’s ballgames, going to Wisconsin to visit, going camping with her brothers and sister, or going bowling with her very dear friends. She will also be remembered as a great listener-for her children, grandchildren, nieces, and others….She had a way of giving wisdom and opening her heart to all she knew. In her final hours, she was pleased to be surrounded by her loving family. She was a great mother, a great grandmother and a great great-grandmother!
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Lillian; a brother, Kenneth Kimbrough; a son-in-law; Duane Worm; and a daughter-in-law, Diane Meese Girmus; and her husband, Johnie.
She is survived by her sons; Johnie Dale and wife, Kay; Richard Alan and wife, Vicky; daughters: Shirley Ann Maroney and husband, Jim; Constance June Monteforte and husband, Joe; brothers; Francis Kimbrough and wife, Amolia; Donald Kimbrough and wife, Eleanor; sister, June Arneson; 19 grandchildren: Carl Zeutzius and wife, Suzanne; Rob Zeutzius and wife, Aimee; Mark Zeutzius and wife, Bonnie; Joe Monteforte Jr. and wife, Kristen; Jean Engle and husband, Jim; Jason Girmus, Kristin Girmus, Tara Girmus, Joshua and Jaime Girmus; Amy Bristol, Angela Schweitzer and husband, Derek; and Nathan Girmus; 19 great-grandchildren: Ben Heath, Tanner and Emma Zeutzius; Ashley, Heather and Alex Zeutzius; Davis and Claire Zeutzius; Morgan, Colin and Lauryn Monteforte; Jared Engle; Johnie Jacob, Makenzie and Gabrielle Girmus; Darion and Teagan Girmus; Devon and Damon Schweitzer; many nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the United Methodist Church in Geneva on Wednesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Brian Kottas officiating.
Sue Kleinschmidt accompanied Delwin Myers who sang “In the Garden”, “Angels Among Us” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Pallbearers were Carl, Rob and Mark Zeutzius, Jason, Joshua and Nathan Girmus and Joe Monteforte Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Engle and Derek Schweitzer.
Interment was in the Geneva Public Cemetery.
The Nebraska Signal May 2002
Claude James Kimbrough (1886 - 1967)
Lillian Anna Schelkopf Kimbrough (1889 - 1971)
Johnie Girmus (1923 - 1996)
Francis James Kimbrough (1911 - 2003)*
Kenneth Clifford Kimbrough (1914 - 1968)*
Thelma June Kimbrough Arneson (1918 - 2011)*
Donald Dean Kimbrough (1921 - 2004)*
Wilma Jean Kimbrough Girmus (1925 - 2002)
"PARENTS OF SHIRLEY, CONNIE, JOHN DALE & RICHARD
Created by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Record added: Apr 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88522720