Irene Mae Zimmerman, 62

Irene Mae Zimmerman, 62, of Lititz, PA, died on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the Essa Flory Hospice Center in Lancaster.  Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Hazel and Ervin Hershman.  Married on March 28, 1970, Irene was the wife of Fredrick K. Zimmerman, Sr. who celebrated 41 years together.

Irene graduated from Conestoga Valley High School.  She was a caregiver to veterans for 15 years and a homemaker.  She was also a published poet.  A Prayer Warrior, Irene was a member of Manheim Brethren in Christ Church.

In addition to her husband, Irene is survived by two sons, Frederick C. Zimmerman, Jr., husband of Heidi, of Ephrata, PA and Timothy W. Zimmerman, husband of Laura, of Lititz, PA; two daughters, Roxanne K. Eyrich, wife of Kerry, of Montrose, PA and Lisa L. Kofroth, wife of Rodney, of Lititz, PA; a sister, Shirley Clark of Paradise, PA; two brothers, Delbert Hershman of Lancaster, PA and Robert Hershman of Ephrata, PA; a brother-in-law, Richard Honig of New Jersey.  Irene was a proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Honig.  

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 7 PM at the Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, 54 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545 with Pastor Lou Astuto             officiating.  Family and Friends will be received from 6-7 PM at the church.  Please OMIT flowers.  Contributions can be made in Irene’s memory to the Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or and National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd, Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034 or  To send the family an online condolence, please visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

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Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Irene. 
Aunt Betty, Stephanie, Karen and Alison

Dear Fred:
I send my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I don’t know if you would remember me – my name is Mary Ann Johnstone – and I had the same breast reconstruction surgery as Irene at the same time in 1992.  Irene and I became acquainted at that difficult time and stayed in touch for some time afterward. I am so sorry that you and your children and grandchildren will feel the pain of missing her love and presence.
I am a volunteer at Hospice of Lancaster County now and I actually was working in the foyer there on Wednesday, May 11, when I saw Irene’s name listed as a patient.  I decided to stop in and visit her after I was finished with my foyer shift, but there was a sign on her door saying only family was permitted in the room.  So I did not get to see her.  I only hope she passed on peacefully.
From the few times we talked almost 20 years ago, I know she loved her family very much.  My thoughts and prayers for strength and courage and peace for each day go out to all of you now.
Mary Ann Johnstone

We are so sorry for your loss.  I know this is a difficult time, please call on us if we can do anything and know that you all are being lifted up in our prayers.
I will always have fond memories of Irene–she was such an inspiration to me.  We shared conversations about health issues (I struggle with health stuff)and she always had an encouraging word and her smile was contagious!  I so appreciate her faith, encouragement, acceptance and love for all!
I look forward to the day that we will be reunited and we can dance without pain!

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