Rosemarie Zimmermann, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 at her home in New Kingston.
Rosemarie Zimmerman, our dear wife and mother, was born on August 26, 1932 in Bay Shore to John and Mary Marie Victor. Tragically, her father drowned in a boating accident seven years later, leaving her mother to singly raise two young daughters, Rosemarie and her younger sister Julia. Both of her daughters faithfully cared for their mother before her death.
In 1949, Rosemarie met her lifelong partner, Richard Zimmerman, at a roller skating rink. They were married on May 10, 1952.
At the age of 20, she dedicated her life through water baptism to become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Her first daughter, CherylAnn was born in 1955. Two years later, Richard, Rosemarie and Cheryl moved to the Catskill Mountains to help establish a permanent Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Margaretville area.
A second daughter, DonnaLynn, was born in 1958. One of her greatest joys, her grandson, Cameron Roberts, was born on September 9, 1993.
Although occupied throughout her life with raising a family and managing the financial half of their construction business, Rosemarie spent many hours with Bible in hand, sharing her faith throughout an extensive area in the Catskills.
Over the 77 years of her life, she collected and retained a vast memory of local families she met in the ministry as well as old and new friends made over the years. Her marriage of 57 years to her beloved husband Richard was her most cherished accomplishment. Her faith was her most precious possession.
Surviving are her spouse, Richard Zimmerman, of New Kingston; her daughter and son-in-law, CherylAnn and Michael Armeno of Highmount; her daughter and son-in-law, DonnaLynn and Edward Roberts Jr. and grandson Cameron Roberts of Fleischmanns; a sister and brother-in-law, Julia and Eugene Malloy of Sayville and her nephew and niece, William and Rebecca Zimmerman of New Tazewell, Tenn. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
A memorial talk will be given the same day at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Route 28 in Arkville.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Catskill Area Hospice.
Arrangements are by the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.