Rebecca Zimmerman Christman

September 23, 1946January 27, 2013

Rebecca Zimmerman Christman passed away at home on Sunday, January 27, 2013, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dr. James C. Christman, her daughter, Emily Christman Szymanski, wife of Michael of Elizabethtown, her son, Joel Zimmerman Christman, husband of Gillian of Newark, DE, and 4 grandchildren. In addition, she also leaves four siblings: Emma Beth (Betsy) Nolt, wife of Tom, of Schaefferstown; Franklin D. Zimmerman, (Spike) III, husband of Cindy; John M. Zimmerman of Newmanstown; and Clayton S. Zimmerman (Snap), husband of Laurie, of Myerstown.

Mrs. Christman was born in Lancaster on September 23, 1946, to the late Dr. Franklin D. Zimmerman, Jr., and Kathryn Overly Zimmerman of Schaefferstown. She graduated from Eastern Lebanon County High School in 1964, and although she went to college for merchandising and worked as a licensed beautician for several years, she excelled at being a full-time homemaker and mother and was renowned for her pies and delicious soups, as well as her keen decorating ability. Her life truly centered around her family and friends, and she was beloved by all. An avid Hershey Bears fan, she was a season ticket holder for many years, and was a former member of both the Chambersburg and Lebanon Medical Auxiliaries. Before moving from Chambersburg to Lebanon, she was active in the Chambersburg Garden Club. In addition, she enjoyed collecting shells from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and she particularly loved all animals, both wild and tame, and had a succession of pets throughout her life, from horses to cats.

She belonged to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Schaefferstown, where she was the associate director of the junior choir, a member of church council for 12 years, and a very popular cook for the Lenten Soup suppers. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends, and her grace and faith will continue to serve as an inspiration for all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Schaefferstown, on Saturday, February 2, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in the memory of Rebecca Christman to St. Luke Lutheran Church, PO Box 278, Schaefferstown, PA 17088, and to the Lebanon County Humane Society, 150 N. Ramona Rd., Myerstown, PA 17067.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Ruth Sprout

February 25, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Becky's family. As one who grew up in Schaefferstown, I knew her for many years. She had an active, gracious personality. Will be greatly missed.

February 21, 2013

To the Christman and Zimmerman families,
My sympathies go out to your family at this difficult time.
Sharon Frantz

Joe and Esther O'Hara

February 4, 2013

Becky will be missed. She was a was a sincerely warm and friendly person.

Pat and Bob Reath

February 2, 2013

Our thoughts are with your family. I am sure that when the pain of her loss goes away, you will remember her laughter and her spirit. Rest in peace, Becky

Spike and Cindy Zimmerman

February 2, 2013

Our love and sympathy to the Christman/Zimmerman families in the loss of our dear Becky. There is a hole in our hearts knowing she is no longer with us. Fortunately, we have so many fond memories that will give us comfort and heal the heartache as we carry on in life's journey. We know she is in a better place, in the arms of angels and her beloved Pop and Mom. Love you Becky.

Jennifer Elder

February 1, 2013

Keeping you all in prayer. Holding you close in thought. May you find comfort in warm memories during this difficult time.

Linda (Sanders) Pines

January 31, 2013

I am so sorry we never got to 'reconnect' again after I moved. You were my best childhood friend in Schaefferstown, Becky, and I will ALWAYS remember the wonderful times we shared. My deepest sympathy to the Zimmerman and Christman families.

Charlotte Peffley

January 31, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the Christman and Zimmerman family. Your family will be in my prayers.

Judy Page Vindich

January 31, 2013

My heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss. Becky was a dear friend and classmate.

January 31, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my heavy heart.

Although I only met Mrs. Christman a few times at Blair and then later at Lafayette, I remember her warm smile and the way she made me feel like family. Thank you, Rebecca, for the way you touched people. Your memory will live on forever.

Shanen Aranmor (Yuma, AZ)