Mabel I. Zimmerman, 83, formerly of Strasburg, died at the Mennonite Home on Monday, May 1, 2017. Mabel grew up on a farm in Chester County attending Conestoga Christian School in her grade school years. She attended a semester at Lancaster Mennonite School and a semester at Sarasota High School in Florida, where her parents spent the winter. In her late teens, she served her church volunteering at a mental health facility in Hagerstown, MD. Her marriage to Melvin M. Zimmerman in 1955, brought her to Blue Ball, where her husband’s family business was located. In 1962, moving to Strasburg, Mabel helped her husband relocate and open Zimmerman’s Hardware.
The interests of Mabel were varied; she grew a large vegetable garden, most of which was grown to be canned or frozen, as well as fruit. Flower gardening was also a favorite. She enjoyed cooking, and often entertained her family or friends. Mabel enjoyed quilting with her sisters, doing crafts in her spare time or sewing clothing. She loved taking care of her four granddaughters as children, and during their
growing up years, spending a week each summer going to a cabin in upstate PA.
In 1985, they hosted an Indonesian exchange student, an MCC trainee, who spent six months learning and would later go on to serve as a Pastor in Indonesia. Travel brought many memories, with special interest to Longwood Gardens and Hershey Gardens for the roses. Mabel and her husband traveled for business and leisure, to destinations throughout Europe, England, Mexico, Canada and many areas within the United States. In later years, her and her husband spent the first three months of the year in Sarasota, FL.
Mabel attended Christian Women’s Club, Farm Women Society #28 and participated in the No Longer Alone ministries. As a Red Cross volunteer, she served at the Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital for 25 years.
In addition to Mel, she is survived by her children: Robert (Lancaster), Marianne, wife of Doug Arndt (Strasburg) and was preceded in death by son, Douglas R.; her granddaughters: Laura Arndt married to Andrew Humphreville, (Lancaster); Ashley Zimmerman, (Colorado); Abby Arndt, (Florida) and Megan Zimmerman, (Lancaster). She was also preceded in death by her sisters Clara Stoltzfus, Alta Sharp and Erma Stoltzfus and a brother, Marvin Stoltzfus.
The family would like to thank the staff of Mennonite Home as well as the staff of Hospice & Community Care for their care and compassion.
There will be a viewing on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM in the Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Jon Carlson officiating. Interment will follow in Eby Cemetery.