Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Erma W. Zimmerman

Erma W. Zimmerman, age 65, of Shelby went home to be with The Lord at her home after a short illness.


She was born February 22, 1954 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Erma was a homemaker and along with her husband, Harvey, owned and operated Zimmerman’s Metal and Lumber.


Erma is survived by, Husband: Harvey H. Zimmerman, whom she wed in 1975; Parents: Aaron Z. and Ada H. (Weaver) Burkholder of Shiloh; Children: Lillian Brubaker of Kutztown, PA, Elva (Dan) Ball of Shelby, Nathan Zimmerman of Shelby, Mabel (Elvin) Martin of Lancaster, WI, Martha (Michael) Gabriel of Maiden, NC, Paul (Heather) Zimmerman of Shelby, and Kenneth (Amber) Zimmerman of Shelby; 19 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; Siblings: Norman(Mabel) Burkholder, Harvey (Rachel) Burkholder, Elvin (Verna) Burkholder, Aaron (Phyllis) Burkholder, Eli (Elsie) Burkholder, John (Verna)Burkholder, Harold (Dorothy) Burkholder, Mary (Ralph) Zimmerman, Emory (Ellen) Burkholder. She was preceded in death by her brother Paul in 1983.


Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Liberty Baptist Church, 1248 Ganges East Road, Shiloh (Ganges) where funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM. Reverend Tim McKemy will officiate. Private burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh. Memorial expressions may be made to Stein Hospice, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

Care for Erma and her family by Jake, Bob and Catherine at Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. To leave a message of sympathy, please visit



Memories & Condolence

  1. Heather says:

    She was such a wonderful person.
    May she have a wonderful reward for her love she showed to many people.

  2. Sharon Catherine VanWyk says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Will be praying for comfort at this time.

  3. Paul & Paulette says:

    Our hearts are saddened over the loss of this precious lady. I did not know her personally but know her daughter Martha Gabriel. Asking the Lord to comfort each of the family members and friends. Praying for each of you.

  4. Lori Tamblingson says:

    What a dear and precious lady! She will be missed.

  5. Gerald says:

    A loving, caring woman. We part here and unite there. Bless all the family as they continue on in this life. 4

  6. Luke & Karen Hamilton says:

    Our prayers go out to all the family for their loss. She was a wonderful person we got to know through her son, Paul and his wife Heather, whom we attend church with. They came to visit our services with them a few times and that’s how we got to know her. A very sweet person.

  7. Ruth Tamblingson McFarland says:

    I am so sad to hear of her passing. She was a true queen in hospitality and love. I was so blessed to have been a small part of her life. Praying for comfort for the Zimmerman family.

  8. David and Cheryl Cathey says:

    Praying for all family members as you go through this time of separation. May God comfort each of you as only He can do. Much love to Martha Gabriel (the only family member we know) and God bless you, Michael and children. Remember, Christians never say goodbye forever, we only say until we meet again!!

  9. Gina says:

    We will surely miss such a beautiful person. May God comfort each of the family and may the memories you have together last a lifetime. Erma is my niece’s mother-in-law and I’ll always be grateful for the kindness Erma showed her. May her reward be great!

  10. Barbara and Dallas Covey says:

    Erma was a lovely woman and I know she will be missed by many. We will be praying for Harvey and the family.

  11. Melissa Vaughan says:

    Prayers for comfort to the family during this heartbreaking time!

  12. Grace Gabriel says:

    So grateful for the little time I got to spend with this sweet lady. She was such a beautiful, strong soul. May her reward be great in heaven. Until we meet again! My prayers and thoughts are with the Zimmerman family.

  13. Rosemarie Cline says:

    Harvey and family so sorry for your loss of Erma. Prayers for your family.

  14. Andy &Amy Sipes says:

    Andy and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you all during this difficult time. Erma was a wonderful woman and I so enjoyed talking with her over the years. She will be sadly missed here but welcomed with open arms elsewhere.

  15. Terry Cotter says:

    Craig and I send our sympathy to the entire Zimmerman family. We are so saddened to hear of Erma’s passing. We will always remember her precious smile. You will all remain in our prayers. Sending our love.

  16. Glenn Tamblingson says:

    We are saddened and wish our prayers and sympathy to Harvey and the entire family. Sister Erma was a light and a joy to us all while she was here. God has a plan but she will be greatly missed. God bless you all – we love you and are feeling your pain.

  17. Grace says:

    Erma was such a dear lady, and so good to my sister Heather, her daughter in law. May God bless and comfort all of her family and give peace as only He can.

  18. Loreen DeLong says:

    Sister Erma became a dear friend and part of the family after our daughter, Heather, married her son, Paul. From the very first time we first met, she treated me like family. I will never forget her loving ways of providing for her family and friends. Love and prayers for the family, and may our Lord Jesus comfort you all.

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