Helen J Zimmerman

February 19, 1918 ‒ February 11, 2009

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD~ Helen Jane Zimmerman, of Mansfield, an elegant woman, loyal friend and “one fine lady” passed on to her eternal reward late Wednesday evening from the inpatient facility of Hospice of North Central Ohio. She was 90 years old.

Born in Akron on February 19, 1918 to John and Maria (Foar) Koman, parents of Romanian heritage, she moved to Mansfield to graduate from Mansfield Senior High School.

On January 30, 1937 she was married to Joseph J. Zimmerman, and through the 1950s and early 1960s Helen worked at as clerk in the men’s department of the former Reed’s Department Store downtown Mansfield.

Joseph was taken in death on February 2, 1966, and Helen later accepted a position with the City of Mansfield. She worked at the city information desk, on the switchboard, and as secretary to the Codes and Permits office. She retired from the city in 1987.

A lifelong Mansfield resident, Helen was a member of Daughters of Herman, she volunteered at Kingwood Center where she escorted visitors on tours though the Big House, and for years volunteered at MedCentral Hospital, serving in the gift shop.

A woman of devout and traditional faith, she was a member of St. Mary’s of the Snows Catholic Church, where she formerly served on parish council and formerly served as president of Altar Rosary Society.

Though Helen enjoyed knitting, she much preferred to be outside amid her flowers, fussing around her roses and daylilies. She was a member of Agnes Paulsen Garden Club.

She called Mansfield home, but was eager to travel. Helen’s favorite destinations were Long Boat Key and the Little Traverse Bay portion of Michigan ~ the Petoskey and Charlevoix area.

Helen had a spunky and feisty personality, but is being remembered for her caring and grateful nature… “she was always so sweet, so kind.”

She is survived by her attentive and loving daughter Jo Ann Zimmerman, with whom she made her home; a sister-in-law Katherine Zimmerman of Mansfield; a nephew Pete Zimmerman of Mansfield; and nieces Diane Adams of Tampa, FL, and Sharon Housand of Elkhart, IN.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Mary & Robert Civay; her brother and sister-in-law John & Dorothea Koman; and her brother-in-law Peter Zimmerman.

The Zimmerman Family will receive friends Sunday, February 15, 2009 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home), where a Christian Prayer Service will be held at 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s of the Snows Catholic Church, celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Keith McCormack and the Rev. Fr. Gregory Hite. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.

Condolences to the Zimmerman Family may be made online by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com