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Obituary - Erla R. Zimmerman

Erla R. Zimmerman

Date of Passing: June 19th, 2010

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Erla R. Zimmerman, 73, of Frankfort, passed away Saturday June 19, 2010 at the Faxton-St. Luke''s Healthcare Center. She was born January 29, 1937, in Utica, the daughter of the late Earl G. Wengert and Lillian Smith Wengert Gimelli. Erla was a graduate of UFA, class of 1955, where she was voted class wit, for laughter, smiles, cheer and encouragement always surrounded her. At one time, Mrs. Zimmerman was employed with I.C.L. She was later employed as the Publication Editor for General Electric and retired from human resources at Strandflex. Mrs. Zimmerman also enjoyed working part-time and volunteering at the Stanley Performing Arts Center. She was a life time member of Immanuel Baptist Church and was a member of the Valley Voices for Christ Choir, the Etude Club and the B-Sharp Club. Erla was blessed with a beautiful voice and sang her way through life. Her love and dedication to music availed her to many stages, although her calling was to sing for her Heavenly Father. She was a wise and wonderful mother and "grammy" and always enjoyed figuring out the OD''s daily crossword puzzle, another true passion of hers. She is survived by four children and their spouses, Kathleen and Daniel Williams of Herkimer, Frederick and Renee Zimmerman of KS, Jon Zimmerman of CA and David Zimmerman of Frankfort; one sister, Judith Springer of TX; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Earl, Jr. and Maryrose Wengert of Sauquoit, Gerald Wengert of FL and Bruce and Betsy Wengert of FL; her former husband, Paul Zimmerman of TX; six grandchildren, Lilly May and her husband, Nathan Corathers, Leta, Liam and Lyla Williams, Alexandra Zimmerman and Katy Zimmerman; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o''clock at Immanuel Baptist Church, Weston Rd., New Hartford. A reception will follow the service in the church hall. If you are unable to attend the service, you are still cordially invited to attend the reception. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., Utica/New Hartford.


We were so very sorry to hear about Erla. We enjoyed knowing her and will miss her visits to Cape Coral. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family, especially Bruce who is our dearest friend.
Joe and Bette Beach

Erla and your entire family have had a special place in my heart, since we met, and will forever remain there. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are will all of you. Much love to you all, Malonie
Malonie Snyder

I still can't comprehend that Erla is gone. How I will miss her annual visit, her happy singing, and fun we had. I am praying for each of you that she loved so much, Kathy, Jon, David and Fred. My love to you all.
Elaine Griffith

I just found out tonight that Erla passed away. I am so sad and can only imagine what a shock this must be for everyone. Jon, David, Fred and Kathy... I know that mere words offer little comfort, but please know that I am thinking of you and miss you all. God bless.
Bill Morgan

sorry for your untimely loss only met her a few times through maryrose and earl her love of life and music made her such a special person that i never could forget when we saw her at the wengert's gatherings she was so special to so many
don widrick

Dear Family: I had the honor of singing with your mom/grandma at Cape Coral Methodist church...We both sang alto and enjoyed having a good time as well as preparing for Sunday's worship. We also enjoyed talking about our jewelry;she is the only person I know that wears as many rings as I do. I will miss her wit and beautiful voice.
Linda Udy

from rivecca family-dorothy, lori allan, nick and allan our deepest sympathies to erla's family. she will be dearly missed. may you all find comfort and peace during this time of loss.
nora rivecca

Dear Kathy & family. We are very sad to hear of Erla’s passing. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. We so appreciate the many times she blessed us with her ministry of music while we were at the Rescue Mission. Every time we saw her, she radiated love and an upbeat spirit. She will be greatly missed. God bless you all.
Jenette & Dave Sanders

We extend to you our deepest sympathy. We always looked forward to her visit in Cape Coral, FL., to experience her enthusiasm and joy of living and sharing her love of music. May we all trust God the Father as Jesus did, and our grief will be less than our faith. Thank you God that sorrow endures only for the night and joy comes in the morning and that nothing can separate us from Your love. Amen.
John and Marcia Wilson

Erla was a great encourager and always treated me like one of her close friends even though we hardly knew each other. I enjoyed singing with her when our choir from Bethel Baptist and her Immanuel Baptist choir joined for cantatas. She will indeed be missed by many.
Nancy Lawrence

Dear Kathy and Family, I loved your mom very much and my family and I grieve with you. I have so many happy, meaningful memories of Erla from throughout my life, especially singing next to her in Valley Voices for so many years. I'm sure she sings in a Heavenly Choir now. May the peace of God that passes all understanding be yours...and may He dry your every tear and restore your joy! Love and prayers, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Carroll

How shocking to hear of Erla's passing. She certainly was a bright spot in our lives. Even though we didn't see her often each visit was made memorable by her vibrant presence. We were so looking forward to seeing her at the graduation party in two weeks. Life is so fragile! Hope we are all living it to the fullest! Miss you all. You are in our prayers... Love,Emma

My heartfelt sympathies to Erla's dear family. I was so fortunate to work with Erla at ICL for several years, and she was such a wonderful bright spot every day - not just for me but for everyone. Her infectious smile, great outlook, and her unique way of dealing with challenging work situations through song will always make me smile and I'll fondly remember how our whole group would laugh hysterically thanks to her. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, she was a wonderful person.
Carol Higgins

Dear Kathy and family, My heartfelt sympathy to you and your whole family. Your mom was a very special lady--so updeat, and happy. She was truly a joy be be around at church. I know there will be very sad times, but try to remember all the good times. It is so hard to lose our mom's. Rest assured, I will be praying for all of you, in the upcoming days. May God comfort you.
Marcia Cadwell

Dear Dave & Family, I hope you know that we are all praying for you in this difficult time.
Tom Stranko

Dear Kathy & Family, My sincerest sympathy goes out to you all. I pray for God's comfort as you work though your grief. I will always remember Erla singing at church and being the choir director and good friend. I am sure she is now in the heavenly choir.
Linda Inman

I am sending my sincerest sympathies for the loss of your Mom. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Erla will always be in my heart and in my prayers. My deepest sympathy to all the family.
Charlotte Price

Dear Kathy and family----my sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mom- Grandmother---sister-----friend------ Was so sorry to hear of the loss but I trust that during this difficult time you will find happy memories to make you smile----God's peace to give you comfort ,friends to share your loss and hope to give you peace. The choic of heaven has a beautiful voice added to the choir
kathy Sakowski

I'm shocked to hear of Erla's death. My husband and I worked with her at ICL. She was always a joy to be around and always singing! Our thoughts and prayers go to the family.
Carolyn Dawley

I was shocked to hear of Erla's passing. I worked with her at ICL. She was a wonderful lady and you are right about her smile and her funny personality. My condolences go out to all the family
Rose Rocker

Erla will be greatly missed! She was a delight to know and always gave me a warm loved feeling when I was around her. My prayers are with the family. Miss you all, Julie
Julie (Neidlinger) Fuller

My thoughts and feelings go out to you and your family, Dave..
Jim Filippazzo