Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Heidi Zurcher: 1937 ~ 2018

 

Greta Heidi Zurcher of Clovis and beloved member of the Silver City community passed peacefully in her sleep Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Clovis. She was 80.
 
Heidi was born in San Gabriel, Calif., and graduated from Rosemead High School in 1953. Her mother and father, Clara Reinhart-Pfarrer and Frederick Pfarrer, both immigrants from Switzerland, raised Heidi and her brother, Fred, in San Gabriel. 
 
Heidi was educated in shorthand and employed as a secretary at various times in her life. She was also a talented singer and pianist, sharing her beautiful soprano voice in performances in high school, church, and various Kiwanis Club musicals in La Habra and Tulare. 
 
Heidi met her husband, Fred Zurcher, in Switzerland in 1955. They married in California in 1956 and had two children, Daniel and Esther.
 
In 1967, Heidi and her family moved to Tulare, and it was during this time that the family discovered Mineral King. In 1978, Heidi and Fred purchased a cabin in Silver City and spent many years enjoying their time in Silver City and Three Rivers, cherishing the friends they made along the way. 
 
After Fred’s death in 1989, Heidi continued to live in Clovis and became a loving grandmother to Rachel Zurcher and Claire Zurcher-Hamm.
 
Heidi enjoyed keeping herself busy, volunteering for Clovis Community Hospital and knitting socks, scarves, blankets, and sweaters for family, friends, and charities. She was also an avid tennis fan, playing in her high school years and later following the rise to fame of the well-known Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer.
 
Heidi lived in Clovis until her death and was a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Heidi’s love, light, and laughter will be dearly missed.
 
She is survived by her son, Dan Zurcher, and wife Theresa; daughter Esther Zurcher-Hamm and husband Keith of Three Rivers; and two granddaughters, Rachel Zurcher and Claire Zurcher-Hamm.
 
A memorial service will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 24) at 2 p.m. at The New Life Community Church, 2165 Gettysburg Ave., Clovis. Flowers may be sent to the Boice Funeral Home in Clovis (ph. 559-299-4372).  
 
Donations in Heidi’s name may be sent in lieu of flowers to:  Knitted Knockers Support Foundation (which provides comfort and dignity to breast cancer survivors), 1780 Iowa St., Bellingham, WA 98229 or www.knittedknockers.org; and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (www.alzinfo.org/donate/donation_form/).
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