Eleanor E. Zimmerman

Born: Thu., Feb. 22, 1934
Died: Sun., Nov. 24, 2013

Family to do services at later date

Location: Yost - Gedon Funeral Home

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Eleanor “Ellie” Zimmerman, 79 of Lock Haven passed away on November 24, 2013. She was born February 22, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of Edward I. and Claire (Alperin) Levitt.


In addition to her husband, Stanley, Ellie is survived by three devoted children: Cheryl (Sandi) Zimmerman, Laurie (Larry) Lew, and  Stuart(Ann) Zimmerman.

She was blessed with five loving grandchildren: Eric Lew, Sarah Lew, Harry Zimmerman, Madeline Zimmerman, and Jack Zimmerman.

Ellie and her husband Stanley were married August 21, 1955. 


She was a 1952 graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, finishing in the top ten in her class.  She then graduated from Penn State University in 1955 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She added a Masters degree later in her educational career.


Ellie‘s devotion to education took her through many pathways while working for the Keystone Central School District. After teaching in numerous elementary classrooms, she spent several years as a local coordinator of Head Start, was part of an exchange program with LHU’s Akeley demonstration school, taught several years in the district’s gifted and talented program and designed the elementary traveling computer literacy program.  During her last ten years of teaching, she carried the program into seventh and eighth grades as an itinerant instructor at BEN and Sugar Valley High Schools.


Over the years, Ellie was affiliated with numerous organizations: Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), PSARS, American Association University Women (AAUW), and the Photography Club.  In retirement, she was able to channel her time to volunteer at Annie H. Ross Library and was on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and Technology Chair.  


Her love of nature extended into years of gardening, walking the levee, and photography.  For many years, she designed cards and family calendars using personal photographs.  Throughout her life, she was an avid wine maker which she delightfully shared with friends and family, frequently traveling to upstate New York to purchase grapes for her wine.  Her fermenting skills ranged from dill pickles and dandelion wine to peppermint schnapps, peach pit liquor, even limoncello.   In her late 60’s, she picked up kayaking and could often be seen on the Susquehanna River.


She was very generous with her time and talents. She sent daily emails sharing humor, recipes, and advice, had a Face book account, and enjoyed her weekly game of Mahjong every Tuesday afternoon.


Ellie easily read over 100 books a year, often three at a time.  She read so many that she kept note cards to prevent her from reading the same book twice.  When asked about her favorite author, she narrowed it down to between forty and fifty. 


She never stopped learning and never stopped trying new things. Four weeks before succumbing to cancer, on her vacation in Cancun, Ellie picked up zip lining. Naturally she picked the advanced course with 11 towers. Upon learning her age, people began cheering. The next day, she kayaked on the ocean.


At the time of her death, three unread books lay on her nightstand, each totaling over 400 pages, and in the basement, a bottle of limoncello…still fermenting, next to her kayak.


Private burial will be at the Beth Yehuda Cemetery, Lock Haven, PA. A Memorial service will be announced by the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, 121 West Main Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745.


In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Annie Halenbake Ross Library, Lock Haven or the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.


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Traci Foster
   Posted Tue November 26, 2013
I will always remember Ellie's humor and the fun she would bring to any group. I spent wonderful times with her at Beth Yehuda and will hold this year's Tashlich service even closer to my heart, and it will continue to make me smile when I think of her.
Her obituary was beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman.

Terri Masorti Holderman
   Posted Tue November 26, 2013
Dear Stan, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Lock Haven just won't be the same without Miss Ellie :( You were both great neighbors to me for 20+ years on Susquehanna Ave and I've missed you both over the years. Please take care and know my family and I are thinking of you.
Terri Masorti Holderman

Rebecca Tyson, CRNP
   Posted Tue November 26, 2013
Dear Family-

I was one of Mrs. Zimmerman's students at Sugar Valley High School, and just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated her as a teacher. Kudos to her for living her life to the fullest - right up to the end! I wish more people were able to do the things she did - both in sickness and in health.

Deepest sympathies to all of you.

D. Johnson
   Posted Thu November 28, 2013
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. Take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Creator will soon remove all pain, sorrow, and death forever! May this promise as found in Revelation 21:3,4 be of comfort to you as you gain the strength and inner peace to cope with the days ahead.

Leroy Straley
   Posted Fri November 29, 2013
Ellie became my friend when she came to teach at Akeley School. She touched many children and teachers while there and continued to do so during her long and rich teaching career. We would occasionally glimpse each other on Facebook and share pleasantries and comments. Ellie left a legacy. As family and friends grieve their loss we can all joy in the changed lives she left behind.

lori budinger burke
   Posted Sun December 01, 2013
I can honestly credit Ellie Zimmerman for teaching me how to use the internet at the ross library as well as assisting me in preparing for an important job interview. I can still remember admiring the pictures of her grandchildren and hearing the pride and love in her voice when she talked about them and her children. She was a special lady.

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