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Kathy Stocker (Zimmer)

Kathy's Family shared the following obituary posted in the Coronado Eagle on February 14, 2018:

Katherine Louise Stocker Zimmer passed on February 7, 2018. Bulbar ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) first took her voice and eventually took her body. To those fortunate enough to have had Kathy in their lives, know that we enjoyed her quick wit until her final day.

Kathy began her life in Guam 1948 as the fourth child of seven born to the late Dr. Capt. George and Betty Stocker. When her father was appointed Chief of Radiology at Balboa Hospital in 1960, the family had the good fortune to take up residence in Coronado. Kathy, a cheerleader and girl about town, graduated from Coronado High School in 1966. She attended Mount Saint Mary’s and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Early Education.

At a time when flying was an elegant experience, she began a career as a Flight Attendant with Western Airlines based out of San Francisco and Honolulu. No one could wear a silk scarf quite like Kathy. Western Airlines gave her the opportunity to see the world, an opportunity that she took full advantage of. Kathy visited over 30 countries in her life, many more than once.  Kathy also made life-long friends while working for Western Airlines. When she accepted an early retirement with travel benefits in 1985, she and this close-knit group of life-long friends continued to explore the world together.  Kathy did not let her ALS diagnosis quell her voracious appetite for travel. She went to Greece, Mexico, Canada and was enjoying the Hawaiian sun earlier this year.

In the mid-80s, Kathy married and started a family. She returned to her beloved Coronado in 1999 to raise her three children. Kathy thrived in this community; she cherished relationships, both old and new, with neighbors, coworkers and former classmates. She made friends across town: at the community pool, meditation groups, book clubs, and many more. As a host mother to foreign exchange students Kathy was able share her love of Coronado and nurture young people on their journey to learning English.

Her last working years were spent as a champion of children, devoted nanny, and caregiver. She deeply valued curiosity and taught children to look inquisitively at the world. She always encouraged young people to keep their “eye on the prize,” and to live up to one’s own true potential (with the best manners and proper etiquette, of course). Kathy was recently made a grandmother by her son. Those who fondly remember Kathy’s wit and laugh will honor her example of inspiring and encouraging children by nurturing these qualities in her granddaughter.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents Dr. Capt. George and Betty Stocker, elder sister Beth Stocker Vinland. Her memory is carried on in her daughters Alana and Juliet and her son Nick, his wife Jenny, and their new-to-the-world daughter Chloe Jane. Her spirit lives on with siblings Mary Ann Shaw of Memphis, Pat May of Coronado, Fred Stocker, Alice Stocker and Susan Stocker, all three of Coronado, and large extended family who loved her dearly.

She was strong and courageous – a quiet inspiration to others. She will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her and loving her.

Remembrances may be made to the ALS Association of San Diego [ | (858) 271-5547] or the Blue Mountain Center for Meditation [ | (707) 878-2369].

“Whenever you think of me, I’ll be with you.” - Eknath Easwaran

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02/15/18 06:44 AM #1    

Don Larson

Shocked to see that Kathy had passed.   Anyone know of the funeral arrangements planned?   Is it too soon for people to know about this event as there has not been any messages concerning  such a special girl.  I wish that I have spent more time talking to her during the 50th reunion.    Rest in peace Kathy,  

02/16/18 09:36 AM #2    

Randi Jones

Only the good die young, so sad! Randi Jones



02/16/18 03:28 PM #3    

Doug Barnett

So sad. I wasn't that close to Kathy and don't recall seeing her at the reunions I attended. But I do remember one time around 1974. I had just returned from an extended trip to Hawaii and Europe. I met up with Dave Vaughn and Leroy Strimple and we went to visit Kathy and Lou Villar in the backyard of their home in Coronado. Kathy was so sweet and gracious and slowly served us something. There was an air of hippe peace love in her attitude. Everyone was kind of quiet and relaxed. That memory has stuck for some reason. Rest in peace, Kathy.


02/16/18 07:55 PM #4    

Kathy Bradt (Cykler)

.What a shock.. . . Kathy was such a wonderful person. I remember walking with her on the beach many years after her divorce and she was so focused on returning to college. She survived a really incredibly rough situation and continued to venture forth in style. Quite an admirable gal!



02/17/18 07:06 AM #5    

Ann Merrill (Bowman)

I am so sad that Kathy passed away so young.  We were good friends in High School and at Sacred Heart.  After I moved away to Italy I regretfully did not stay in touch with my high school friends. When I visited Coronado and Linda Duryea, around 2013, I tried to call her and visit but she did not return my calls. I am so sorry that I did not get a chance to reconnect with her.  My sister Margy is in touch with her sister Pat, but this is the first I have heard about her passing.  Rest in peace Kathy.




02/17/18 02:06 PM #6    

Lynne Campbell

So saddened to hear of Kathys passing.  So glad I got to reconnect with her at the 50th reunion.  I knew she wasn't well, but really did not expect that she would pass so quickly.  She was one of my closest friends during our high school years.  I know everyone loved her, an easy and fun-loving girl!
RIP Kathy Stocker... looks like another earth angel has returned home. heart

02/17/18 04:58 PM #7    

Joanie Campbell (Patton)

Kathy was an amazing person❤️

She handled her illness with such grace.

I will miss her😥



02/18/18 05:28 AM #8    

Trudy Childs (Mathews)

I was so sad to hear this news about Kathy.  One of the happy events at our 50th reunion was getting to see her again.  Even though her voice was failing she was smiling and talking - what a beautiful lady.

02/18/18 01:37 PM #9    

Julie Harris (Corn)

Kathy was a dear classmate, person and friend.  In recent years we ran into each other pretty often because we lived across the street from each other.  I always enjoyed her company; she was such a gentle soul.  I will miss her!!!  

Kathy's daughters are planning a memorial service for sometime in March.       

As soon as the date is known it will be posted on this website.

03/20/18 05:32 PM #10    

Teddi DiAngelo (Reilly)

From Kathy Stocker Zimmer's family:

Please join us for the celebration of Kathy Zimmer's life (

This event is open to anyone who would like to celebrate Kathy: her friends, former classmates, and neighbors are all welcome.

Please extend this invite with those that you would like to include at this gathering. Please send along to the class distribution email.

Please RSVP (via this link: at your earliest convenience

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