In Memory

Martha A. Zimmerman (Bicket)

Martha A. Zimmerman (Bicket)

Martha A. "Martie" Bicket, 63, of Sparta, Ill., went to Heaven at 3:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 4, 1952, in Gao, Mali in West Africa, the daughter of Dan and Ann Zimmerman. Martie graduated from Alton High School and Hannibal College and became a registered pulmonary technician. She worked at several hospitals: BJC, Washington University, Granite City, Scott Air Force Base and Sparta. She married Douglas Bicket on April 22, 2000. 

Martie accepted Jesus Christ as her savior at a young age and served him in various ways. In the last few years, she and Doug have been involved with the Gideons. She was an area director and held several positions, president, secretary and chaplain, in the Gideon Spartan Camp. She was a member at Calvary Baptist Church in Sparta where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and helped out in many church programs.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas Bicket of Sparta, Ill.; son, Josh Grove and wife Melody, grandson, Caleb and step granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Meghan Ferkel, all of Bettendorf, Iowa; father, Daniel Zimmerman of Jerseyville, Ill.; siblings and spouses, Dan and Deb Zimmerman of Wood River, Ill., John and Cheryl Zimmerman of Kansas City, Kan., David and Vickie Zimmerman of Rimouski, Canada and Mini and Paul Speer of Jordan, Ontario, Canada; nine nieces and nephews and 17 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She has also left behind Brent Bicket and wife, Lisa, grandson Alex of Belleville, Ill.: Steven Bicket and wife, Trish and grandson, Shane, Gene and Joe of Chester, Ill.; father-in-law, Wendell "Bud" Bicket of Sparta, Ill.; sister-in-law, Diane Bickett of St. Louis, Mo.; and brother-in-law, Dennis Bicket and wife, Rosilee "Lee" and sons, Maj. Ryan Bickett and family and Jason Bicket and family, all of Aurora, Ill.

Memorials may be made to Gideon International Spartan Camp, Box 192, Sparta, Ill. These donations will provide Bibles to people in Randolph County and around the world, spreading the Word of God that Jesus Christ is Lord. To sign the guest book online visit  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at Calvary Church, Sparta, Ill.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at Calvary Church with Rev. Tim McIntyre officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Sparta, Ill.

WILSON FUNERAL HOME, Steeleville, Ill.

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01/03/16 08:31 PM #1    

Marie A. Loraine (Reyne)

I am just seeing this today, what a shock! Martie worked at St. Elizabeth's with me for a couple of years. I didn't know her from AHS thanks to our large class, we were talking one day and found out we'd graduated together!I lost track of her when she took another job. She was very dedicated and a lot of fun to work with. RIP Martie.



01/18/16 04:10 AM #2    

Norma Baron

Marty was very quiet as far as I remember in school.  I knew Marty better after high school.  

The first I ran into her after AHS was at Christian NW Hospital when I was working in Pulmonary rehabilitation and she came through on clinicals before she became a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

She reminded me that we were in HS together.  She said that John Zimmerman (another of our classmates from AHS 1969) was her brother.

We remaniced about our Graduation Day.  I brought up how we were able to leave the ceremonies.  (Our class was so big that we had to stand in line in West Jr. hallways and classrooms in order to accommodate the seating for parents in the auditorium.)  I was saddened for Marty when she said her receiving the diploma was not as carefree as my experience.  By having the last name of Zimmerman she and her brother were the last in line and it reminded her of the TV show Laugh In when they handed over their diplomas ,,, there was only her parents to clap for them.

Marty came to work at St. Elizabeth's  in Granite City when I next saw her. She worked with Marie and I there.  She worked in several of our respiratory departments and got involved in some of the political groups seeking licensure for RT.

We didn't see each other much after St. Es.  But, I heard she moved on from there to Children;s Hospital. Then  I heard she remarried and was in charge of the RT department in Southern IL.

One of her proudest accomplishments was to have raised her son (now an engineer)

Goodbye Marty.  Your struggles are over.


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