Josephine “Jackie” or “Mima” M. Zimmermann (nee Casciano) 88, of Bloomfield, formerly of Montclair and Newark, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.
As a member of a family of eight children, Mrs. Zimmermann enjoyed motorcycle rides down the Garden State Parkway to the shore, and late night coffees with her brother Carmine. She was always under the protection of her five brothers and valued her lifelong friendship with her sisters, Carmela and Phyllis.
Mrs. Zimmermann married Henry and they had five children. In addition, she cared for many other children and was often seen as “momma duck”, marshaling her flock to the park and the library.
She worked for 45 years for the Montclair YMCA, recently retiring at the age of 85. Her family bestowed on her the title, ‘Mayor of Montclair’ because she knew and loved so many people she had met through her work. She enjoyed travel with her family including many trips to the Jersey Shore, Disney, Aruba, and visits to Hawaii, London and Italy.
She was predeceased by her husband Hank, brothers Pat, Philip, Ralph, Carmine, and Anthony, and sisters Carmela and Phyllis.
Mrs. Zimmermann is survived by her children Henry (Donna); Wayne (Jane Shu); Patty Ann Sweeney (Hugh); Carl (Cathy); and Eric (Angela); grandchildren Heather; Erica, Hugh III; Henry J; Bridget; Jake; Abigail; and Eric; great-grandson Lincoln; sister-in-law Barbara (Sissy) Sabinski; and many nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St., Montclair. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3 at Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jackie Zimmermann’s memory can be made to MontclairYMCA.org/giving/