Lydia Wardwell Zimmerman age 66, died on Monday, April 17, from complications due to heart failure. Lydia was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 2, 1957. She is survived by her children: Emily Zimmerman (Ryan Bosma) of Pahoa, Hawaii; Lucy Zimmerman of Columbus, Ohio; and Henry Zimmerman IV (Caitlin) of Port Orchard, Washington, and her grandchildren Beatrix and Millicent Bosma, Henry V and Oliver Zimmerman; mother-in-law, Mary Zimmerman; sister-in-law, Jane Zimmerman; stepfather Russell Bateson; sister-in-law Paula Wardwell; niece Sarah and nephew Daniel. Lydia was preceded in death by her mother, Emily; father, Samuel; husband, Henry Zimmerman III; and brothers Will and Tim Wardwell.
Lydia was an extraordinarily caring wife and mother. Following her husband’s death in 2004, she shepherded her children through life with love and devotion.
For many years, Lydia was active in the Bargain Box sales for charity at St. Christopher’s by the River in Gates Mills, Ohio, where she enjoyed the camaraderie of other church members.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014, she began attending weekly classes at InMotion where she found strength, resilience, and community.
A celebration of Lydia’s life will be held this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to InMotion https://beinmotion.org/donate/
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Dear Lucy, I wish I could give you a hug and tell you that you are not alone. Until then, I will share a quote from Khalil Gibran that sometimes comforts:
“ When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
We are heartbroken over your loss.
We will always treasure our times spent with Lydia especially our many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Much love from the Benedicts Andy Alana and Lucy