Father Zimmerman was born in an undetermined Volga colony in 1885. After completing his studies at the seminary in Saratov to 1908 he was ordained a priest and began serving the parishes in Astrakhan and then Tsaritsyn (Volgograd). When he was arrested the final time, he was serving as the Dean of the parish in Saratov.
Between 1918 and 1924, he was arrested several times by the secret police under the pretext of "counter-revolutionary activities." Due to lack of evidence, he was released each time. Finally, in 1925 he was arrested again and banished for two years to Siberia. In 1927, he returned from exile took up residence in Stalingrad (Volgograd). On 2 February 1930 he was arrested again by the secret police arrested and accused of conspiring with "a group of German clergy conspirators in the Volga region."
On 6 June 1931, he was convicted by a secret court and sentenced to three years of concentration camp imprisonment. It is assumed that he was killed in the gulag.
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das Religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Katholischer Teil (Stuttgart, 1980): 239, 246f, 369.