GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                  Monday, September 2, 2002

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Dawn Marie Zellmer

 

  HARLEM -- Dawn Marie Zellmer, 19, of Harlem, who was enrolled at MSU-Northern and planned to major in nursing, died Saturday in a car crash four miles west of Harlem on Highway 2.

  Her funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harlem High School gym, with burial in Harlem Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

  Survivors include her parents, Darwin and Betty (Baker) Zellmer of Harlem; brothers Steven Zellmer of Chinook and Keith Zellmer of Harlem; and grandmothers Arline Baker of Harlem and Doris Zellmer of Havre.      

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                    Tuesday, September 3, 2002

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Harlem woman killed in crash      

           

  A well-known Harlem-area teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Saturday. 

  Dawn Marie Zellmer, 19, of Harlem died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident that occurred nearly four miles west of Harlem, the Montana Highway Patrol said. 

  Zellmer was traveling in her white 1992 Ford Explorer from Chinook to Harlem to pick up her mother and take her to Billings for shopping. They were going to bring Zellmer’s grandmother, who lives in Billings, back to Harlem, said Darwin Zellmer, Zellmer’s father. 

  About 6 a.m., Zellmer’s vehicle drifted off the right side of the highway, went into a ditch and hit the end of a culvert. Zellmer died instantly, the Highway Patrol said. 

  Zellmer wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Speed wasn’t a factor, according to the Montana Highway Patrol accident report. 

  Zellmer was popular in the Chinook and Harlem areas with both teens and adults, her father said. Both of her parents, Darwin and Betty Zellmer, are U.S. Postal Service employees in both towns and have residences in both Harlem and Chinook. 

  Zellmer was active in the Future Farmers of America, the National Honor Society and was involved in track and field at Chinook High School besides being the school wrestling team manager. 

  She and her two brothers had a lawn-mowing business during her high school years. 

  She graduated from Chinook High School in 2002 and had planned to start the nursing program at Montana State University-Northern in the fall semester. 

  She was working at Sweet Memorial Nursing Home. Her father said she had a scholarhip from Sweet Memorial to study nursing at Northern. 

  “Dawn was a beautiful person with a bright personality and she was always smiling and could bring a smile to everyone’s face,” Darwin Zellmer said. “She had a special outlook on life with a tenderness for people and animals. 

  “When you see a pretty girl with a happy smile on her face, think of Dawn,” Darwin added. “She was the dawn of every morning, our sunshine.” 

  Attendance at Dawn’s funeral is expected to be so large that the services couldn’t be held at the Harlem church attended by the family. The service was to be held at 2 p.m. today in the Harlem High School gymnasium to allow more room for attendance. 

  “You know with a girl 19 years old you have to hold it in a school. She’s touched alot of lives,” her father said.    

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                   Tuesday, September 3, 2002

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  HARLEM - Dawn Marie Zellmer, 19, of Harlem died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, from injuries received in an automobile accident four miles west of Harlem.

  Funeral services are 2 p.m. today in the Harlem High School Gymnasium with burial following in the Harlem Cemetery.

  Dawn was born Aug. 15, 1983, in Havre to Darwin and Betty (Baker) Zellmer.

  She attended elementary school in Zurich and graduated from Chinook High School in 2002. Dawn was currently employed at Sweet Memorial Nursing Home with plans to attend MSU-Northern this fall and major in nursing.  Dawn’s quality time was spent riding and caring for her horse, Mr. Ed, as well as being around family, friends and nature. She kept herself busy with her numerous projects, including artwork, helping friends and elderly in her spare time, and brightening other people’s lives. She was known for her inner and outer beauty, as well as her constant smile that made people smile back.

  Dawn was preceded in death by her grandfathers, D.E. Baker and Leonard Zellmer.  Survivors include her parents, Darwin and Betty Zellmer of Harlem; brothers, Steven Zellmer of Chinook and Keith Zellmer of Harlem; grandmothers, Arline Baker of Harlem and Doris Zellmer of Havre; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and all her friends who she cherished.

  A memorial will be established later.

  Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.   

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                Wednesday, September 4, 2002

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Dawn Zellmer

   Dawn Marie Zellmer, 19, died on Saturday, August 31, 2002, of injuries received in an automobile accident four miles west of Harlem. Funeral services were held yesterday, Tuesday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Harlem High School Gymna­sium, with burial following in the Harlem Cemetery. A memo­rial will be established later. Arrangements were by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

   Dawn was born on August 15, 1983, in Havre to Darwin and Betty (Baker) Zellmer. She attended elementary school in Zurich and graduated from Chi­nook High School in May of 2002. She was currently em­ployed at the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home and planned to attend MSU-Northern this fall and major in nursing.

   Dawn’s quality time was spent riding and caring for her horse “Mr. Ed,” as well as being around family, friends, and Mother Nature. She kept herself busy with her numerous projects, including artwork, helping friends and the elderly in her spare time, and simply brighten­ing up other people’s lives.

   She was well known for her inner beauty, as well as her outer beauty, and her constant smile made everyone smile back. School mates, school staff, em­ployers, fellow workers, and everyone who came in contact with Dawn always commented on what agood w she was and how kind nut ‘rAt1 she was of everyone around her.

   She is survived by her par­ents, Darwin and Betty Zellmer of Harlem; two brothers, Steven Zellmer of Chinook and Keith Zellmer of Harlem; grandmoth­ers, Arline Baker of Harlem and Dons Zellmer of Havre; plus numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and all of her many friends, all of whom she cherished.

   She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, D. E. Baker and Leonard Zellmer.

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