John Zimmerman, farmer, had 129 great-grandchildren

By on February 22, 2012

John A. Zimmerman, 90, of Ephrata, formerly of New Holland, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at Fairmount Homes of natural causes.

Born in Earl Township, he was the son of the late Martin and Susanna (Burkholder) Zimmerman. His first wife, Mary H. (Seibel) Zimmerman, died June 11, 1972 and his second wife, Edna S. (Horning) Zimmerman, died Jan. 15, 2010.

John was a farmer and a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Surviving are 12 children: Leon Zimmerman, of New Holland; Grace, wife of Marvin Zimmerman, of East Earl; Mary Jane, wife of Lee Rhodes, of Patriot, Ohio; Carl, husband of Vera Mae (Martin) Zimmerman, of Richland; Roy, husband of Sara (Burkholder) Zimmerman, of New Holland; John, husband of Cheryl (Weaver) Zimmerman, of East Earl; James, husband of Lillian (Fox) Zimmerman, of Mount Joy; Nancy, wife of Philip Witmer, of Columbiana, Ohio; Nora, widow of Luke Witmer, of Leetonia, Ohio; Paul, husband of Debra (Martin) Zimmerman, of Ephrata; Betty, wife of Ray Horst, of Mifflinburg; and Dale, husband of Joyce (Li) Zimmerman, of Ephrata; 61 grandchildren; 129 great- grandchildren; five sisters: Eva, widow of Paul Martin, of Womelsdorf; Anna, wife of Mervin Horst, of Richland; Esther, wife of Willis Good, of Myerstown; Sarah, wife of Raymond Zimmerman, of Lebanon; and Susan, wife of Paul Martin, of Stevens; a brother: Paul, husband of Lena Burkholder, of Ephrata; and a sister-in-law: Vera Zimmerman, of Stevens.

Preceding him in death are three brothers: Elmer, Eli and Martin Zimmerman; two sisters: Mary and Elsie Zimmerman; two granddaughters; and two great- granddaughters.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 22 at Fairmount Homes Wheat Ridge Chapel, Ephrata, with further services at the Weaverland Mennonite Church with the Bishop Amos G. Martin, Amos K. Martin, Ivan B. Hurst and E. Merle Nolt officiating. Interment was held in the adjoining cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements were made by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.

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