Laraine M. Zimmerman, 65

Laraine Marie Zimmerman, 65, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2012 surrounded by her family at home. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Victoria (Ade) Smith.

Laraine is survived by her husband, John J. Zimmerman.

She was a Lancaster Catholic High School alumna class of 1964 and a former member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Retiring as a teacher’s aide from the School District of Lancaster, her true passion was when she was a local floral designer. She had previously worked at several local flower shops, including Landisville Flower Shop, Smith Flower Shop, D&E Flower Shop, and Floral Designs at Esbenshade’s Greenhouse.

Laraine was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Lancaster County Mother of Twins Club. She enjoyed traveling, the beach, collecting sea shells, sand from different beaches, reading, dancing, music, shopping for her grandkids, and her beloved cat, Cairo. Many memories were created from summer vacations at the family home in Rumbley, MD on the Chesapeake Bay.

The family would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who assisted Laraine through her last days.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Cynthia L. McCombs, wife of Kenneth III, of Leola, Christa L. Zimmerman, companion of Jose L. Lopez III, of Gap, a son, John “Jim” J. Zimmerman, husband of Mary E., of Millersville, four grandchildren, Victoria, Elizabeth, Dylan, and Conner, two sisters, Cindy Shomo, of Lititz, Louise Hull, of Leola, and one brother, Alan Smith, of NH.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel at the Charles F. Snyder, Jr., Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11AM. Visitation with the family will be from 9-11AM at Snyder’s. Interment will follow in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. Flowers are invited. To send the family online  condolences, please visit Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

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Dear John and Family,

We are greatly saddened by the loss of Laraine, and offer our prayers for your family. No words can ever express what families must endure in the passing of a loved one. Our hearts go out to everyone in this time of need and compassion.

Kindest thoughts in your wife’s memory,
Michael, Tara Horvath and Family.

Dear John and family,

My love and prayers are with you at this time.At least i know she is safe and sound in the arms of our Savior and Lord Thank you for all the updates God will continue to help you thru this time I will miss her and always remember our good times at the beach house forever.Sarah and Laura send their love and wishes and most of all prayers God Bless Sorry I can not make it to the funeral but you will be in our hearts today and always God Bless
Love in Christ
Joanie and Jim hummel and Sarah also Laura Kutz

John…So very sorry for your loss. May the love of friends and family help get you thru this trying time.

God Bless you.
Cindy Gettle

John and family, We are so sorry for your loss, and the loss of our wonderful friend, Laraine. She was a fun-loving, thoughtful, and very talented woman. We were and are blessed to have you both as friends. We shared many good times together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Donna and Chuck

Dear John @ family

So sorry to hear about your Wife, My prayers are with you and your family.

Take care Bobbie and Jeff
Roberta Barrow

My heartfelt sympathy to Laraine’s family. I knew her from our Red Hat group and she where she was cheerful and fun loving. Please take good care of yourselves.

Nadine Leaman

Dear John and Family

So sorry to hear that Laraine has passed. It was my pleasure to have known Laraine and know she will be greatly missed. Your family will be in my prayers.

Deborah (Redcay) Pannell

Dear John and Family,

Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Glenn Carpenter

Cindy, Ken and Family,
I pray you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I pray you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I pray you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I pray you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I pray you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I pray you enough hellos to get you thru the final good-bye.

We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences.  May your memories and the love of your family and friends sustain you during this difficult time.  You will be in our prayers.

Uncle John and Aunt Sue

Hi guys,It’s been a long time. I am very sorry to hear about your loss. she was a great person and will be missed.thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Gretchen Redcay Aument

Laraine and I spent a lot of fun times together as teenagers. We worked together at the flower shop during those holiday rush times. Mr. Smith always ferried us back and forth to away football games. Enjoyed having dinner with her the last time I was in Lancaster. I hope fond memories will bring you moments of joy during this sorrowful time.

Mary Frances (Braun) Young

My thoughts are with Laraine’s Family at this time of loss and sadness.  I met Laraine in 1998 while working at Brossman Flower and Gift Shop. I admired her talent, passion, and ability when it came to designing floral arrangements. I somehow feel honored to be able to say that I still hang one of her Christmas swags on my front door every year. Laraine always spoke with such pride about her Family and it was obvious from the moment I met her that John, you were truly her "Best Friend".  I wish you comfort, healing, and peace and I hope that as time gently eases your grief, beautiful memories can restore the joy that has been taken from your hearts.

Sincerest Regards,
Sally Smith

Laraine’s untimely passing has left a hole in the lives of those who knew her and loved her. My thoughts and prayers continue to John her husband and her family. Keep her memory close to your heart.

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