FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Komets learned Tuesday that Hall of Famer Flossie Zimmerman passed away early this morning at the age of 86.
Zimmerman served in the Komets office as manager and executive secretary for 30 years beginning in 1958. “I’ve know Flossie since I was a little kid and an up-and-coming Komet fan when she was the Komets’ ticket manager,” Komet general manager David Franke said. “The Zimmerman family are great ambassadors for the Komets and all of youth hockey in Fort Wayne.”
She was the matriarch of what has been called Fort Wayne’s first family of hockey. She and her husband of 64 years, Richard, were both inducted into the Komet Hall of Fame in 2004. Richard died at age 83 in February, 2010.
“Flossie Zimmerman was part of the backbone of the Fort Wayne Komets,” Komet president Michael Frankie said. “Her dedication to the Komets, Fort Wayne Youth Hockey and McMillen Park/Glenbrook Square figure skating is unsurpassed and her contributions will never be forgotten.”
Zimmerman is survived by sons Robert Zimmerman, Richard Zimmerman and John Zimmerman and daughter Jacqueline Zimmerman along with 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Zimmerman and her husband and children all served in the hockey communities of Fort Wayne including the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club and youth hockey activities at McMillen Ice Arena.
Services are pending.