Emma M. Zimmerman, 91, homemaker, mother of five, Groffdale Mennonite parishioner

By on June 29, 2016

Emma M. Zimmerman, 91, formerly of Akron, entered into rest Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Lincoln Christian Home.

She was born in West Earl Township to the late Henry B. and Lizzie W. (Martin) Hoover, and was the wife of Amos W. Zimmerman.

She was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference) West Earl Township. Emma was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting and traveling to Pinecraft, Fla., during the winter months. In November she and Amos celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

In addition to her husband, Emma is survived by five children: Irene H., wife of Melvin Kurtz, of Auburn, N.Y.; Thelma H. Zimmerman of Ephrata; Raymond H., husband of Alma (Zimmerman) Zimmerman, of Newmanstown; Mabel H., wife of Delmas Lehman, of Lititz; Nevin H., husband of Lisa (Fox) Zimmerman, of East Earl; 23 grandchildren; 88 great-grandchildren; four siblings: Edna M. Burkholder of Ephrata; Vera M., wife of the late Moses Martin, of Lititz; Henry M., husband of Mabel (Burkholder) Hoover, of Ephrata; Raymond M., husband of the late Gladys (Lehman) Hoover, of Ephrata; brother-in-law: Lloyd W., husband of the late Mary Hoover, of Ephrata; sister-in-law: Irene Martin of Ephrata.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a great-granddaughter; a brother: Clarence Hoover; a sister: Mary Martin; a foster brother: Paul Ranck; and a foster sister: Edwina Weaver.

Services were held June 27 at Groffdale Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference), West Earl Township, with Bishop Curvin Zimmerman, officiating. Interment followed in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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